It’s with great sadness that we share the news that Roy Hopkins passed away peacefully on Saturday morning. Roy was a stalwart of the club during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s competing Nationally for the Mid Devon. Perhaps his greatest result was winning stage 8 of the 1962 Tour of Britain from Northampton to Skegness 102 miles in 3 hrs 30 minutes an average speed of over 29mph which still stands as the record today !
Roy loved club life, training rides and racing – the harder the better and earned the nickname “Iron Man” in the cycling press. When he retired from racing Roy stayed connected with the sport by becoming a British Cycling official and could be regularly seen at events in the region.
Best wishes to Roy’s family from all at Mid Devon CC
Photo of Roy courtesy of Graham Brodie winning a stage of the Launa Windows on Paignton Seafront in club colours