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Tributes paid to man who died at Cyclopark event

PUBLISHED: 09:15 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:15 12 April 2018

Chris Hewitt is believed to have suffered a heart attack whilst taking part in the League of Racing Veterans’ race. Picture: Sussex Revolution VC

Chris Hewitt is believed to have suffered a heart attack whilst taking part in the League of Racing Veterans’ race. Picture: Sussex Revolution VC

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A man who died after suffering a heart attack at a cycling event at Gravesend’s Cyclopark has been named as his cycling club paid tribute to his wonderful spirit.

Chris Hewitt is believed to have suffered a heart attack whilst taking part in the League of Racing Veterans’ race on Saturday (April 7).

Cycling club Sussex Revolution VC (SRVC) announced the news in a Facebook post on April 9, describing the “unimaginable shock” felt by the club, and thanking the attempts by marshalls, cyclists and ambulance crews to resuscitate Chris.

It said: “There are no words to describe the massive loss the club is feeling at present.

“Being a small club we are a very close group and SRVC is a family as well as a cycling club, this weekend we have lost a family member.”

“For Chris, R.I.P would seem inappropriate, he didn’t know how to rest.

“Let’s just say, R.I.P, ride in paradise.”

It was confirmed following the incident that air ambulances had been called to the centre in Watling Street, for two people involved in the race.

A spokesman from South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “The crews attended alongside the air ambulance service.

“Sadly, the incident proved fatal and one person was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Another patient was taken to Kings College Hospital by air.”

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