WELL-KNOWN International racing cyclist from Lisburn has been
tragically killed following a road crash outside Crumlin.
Tributes have flowed in after David McCall,
46, died when a car collided with his bike on the Belfast Road
near Nutts Corner roundabout at about 8pm on Tuesday evening,
during a cycle race with his club Maryland Wheelers.
Mr McCall, who worked as a Civil Servant,
held a long list of honours and competed in four Commonwealth
Games before setting up his company 'SportActive' which offered
cycling and walking activity breaks in Europe.
Former Chairman of the Maryland Wheelers,
Michael Brown, paid a warm tribute to Mr McCall whom he
described as a "great person, a great club man and a great
friend". Mr Brown said: "Davy brought so much to the cycling
community and it's a really sad loss. He will be sadly missed.
His parents Jim and Agnes and his brother and sister are in a
state of shock."
Mr McCall leaves behind partner Helen and his
teenage daughters Caroline and Emma.
Fellow club member Chris Scott, who was taking
part in the same race, said the club was 'devastated'.
"It's hard to take in. We are all numb. Davy
was a real stalwart of Maryland Wheelers and he will be greatly
missed. He was a great competitor and a great motivator for many
of the younger members," said Mr Scott.
Lisburn's Mayor, Councillor Ronnie Crawford
said: We are deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely death
of David McCall.
Not only was he well known to Council members
and staff for his outstanding sporting ability, he had also
supported the Council on a number of projects, including the
Tour of Ireland Cycle Challenge in 2007, and the Irish Road Race
"He also enthusiastically participated some
years ago in a Civic sporting exchange between Lisburn and
Kilmarnock in Scotland. Our thoughts and prayers are with his
family at this time."
MLA for the Crumlin area Mr Thomas Burns it
as "another awful tragic accident".
Mr Burns extended his sympathy to Mr McCall's
family: "My sympathies and prayers are with his parents and
The funeral is to be held at Seymour Street, Methodist in
Lisburn on Saturday at 11.00am.