A BIKE club has been set up in memory of a cyclist from Harnham who was killed in a collision with a lorry last year.

The Broken Saddle Bike Club will be riding out next Sunday, June 28 to mark the first anniversary of Gary Kelly’s accident.

Mr Kelly died after being struck by a lorry on the A354 near Coombe Bissett during a weekend cycle ride.

At the end of 2014, his friends organised two cycle rides to raise money for an oak memorial bench which has since been placed in the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral.

The two rides marked what would have been Mr Kelly’s 50th birthday and the cyclists were also joined by friends taking part in mirrored rides in New Zealand and France.

Next Sunday’s 50-mile road ride, called the Big Road Bike Bash, will raise funds for the Wilton Riding for Disabled group.

Dan Webb, who went cycling with Mr Kelly every weekend for 15 years, and was with him on the Saturday morning he died, said: “The route takes us through Wiltshire and Dorset with some wonderful scenic views, starting in Wilton before taking in Dinton, Tisbury, Hindon, East Knoyle, the Donheads and Fovant, and then finishing back in Wilton.

“Last year we had 46 riders so we hope to match that this year and raise a good amount for Wilton RDA in memory of a great friend Gary Kelly.”

The bike club is being sponsored by Hayball Cycle Sport.

Registration for the road ride closes at 9.30am on June 28 and entry is £20 per rider.

Entry forms can be obtained from Hayball Cycle Sport in Salisbury.

There will be drink stops, a halfway food and drink stop as well as a barbecue at the finish line.

Mr Webb said: "At the moment the club rides off road mountain bikes on Saturdays, meeting at 9.30am in South Street Car Park, Wilton, which is free and on Wednesdays, we ride road bikes meeting at 5.45pm at the same car park.

"Sometimes we switch rides so it's best for people to look on Broken Saddle Bike Club Facebook page where we'll post a day before what bikes we'll be on and the times etc. Following next Sunday's ride, the next one will be a 50km off road ride on September 6."