THE widow of an athlete who was killed when he was hit by a truck while training for the Beijing Olympics took part in the last few miles of a memorial cycle ride in his name on Saturday.
The 35-mile ride was organised by Dooley’s Racing Team from Paisley, and Jason MacIntyre’s widow, Caroline.
She joined riders at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and cycled with the group to where her husband was struck.
Mr MacIntyre, 34, a father-of-two, was involved in the accident near Fort William, on January 15 last year.
A council worker, Robert McTaggart, admitted careless driving on the A82. He was fined £500 and banned from driving for six months.
Mr MacIntyre’s family has placed a white bike at the scene at Carrs Corner as a permanent memorial.
David MacIntyre, Jason’s father, said: “It was a successful day, we reckon about 60 cyclists turned up. They rode out and stopped at the ‘ghost’ bike. There was a piper there.
“We had a minute’s silence and Caroline said a few words and read a poem.”
He said it was a sad occasion, but a nice tribute to his son.
Members of cycle clubs from all over Scotland, including Aberdeen, the central belt and the borders attended.
The cycle ride raised £300 for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, Glasgow.
The “ghost bike” movement started in St Louis, Missouri, in the US.
White bikes are left as memorials or as a warning to motorists at spots where there are frequent incidents involving cyclists.
In the UK, the white bikes have been used to commemorate individual cyclists.