Friends and family are still reeling from the death of Ian McPherson, who was fatally stabbed whilst cycling at the sports fields in Fish Hoek on Tuesday. His bike was stolen.
To show their respect, a number of cyclist groups will be attending the NHW meeting at the Glen Hotel in Glencairn tonight. Amongst the groups is The Recyclers, who consists of retired cyclists who knew McPherson.
Simon Brooke, a member of The Recyclers says that McPherson was a big part of their group and an outstanding cyclist.
Ian was a dear friend. He was a long time member of the The Recyclers and a very valuable one. Not only was he an outstanding cyclist, he also had mechanical knowledge.— Simon Brooke, The Recyclers
Brooke recalls how McPherson would service members' bikes before the Cape Town Cycle Tour and other races and help maintain them so that they were in excellent condition.
He was always so keen and so willing. If you took your bike to Ian at the last minute and if he didn't have the necessary parts, he would lend you one of his bikes or a wheel or whatever.— Simon Brooke, The Recyclers
His passing is going to leave such huge void in The Recyclers.— Simon Brooke, The Recyclers
Brooke says that the place where McPherson was killed is a road most of their members often take when cycling up to Chapman's Peak, as it is quieter in terms of traffic.
He adds that they understand the danger they face when they cycle in small groups, but things are complicated.
It's a very difficult situation. One feels entitled to ride in the space whether one is alone or not. Recently there has been an increase of attacks on cyclist.— Simon Brooke, The Recyclers
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