A cyclist who took part in the RideLondon event on Sunday to raise money for a local hospice has died after collapsing during the event.
Kris Cook, 36, was taking part in the race through London and Surrey on Sunday afternoon when he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest at Newlands Corner, near Guildford.
Cook was one of 12 friends who took part in the event to raise money for Woking Hospice.
Organisers said he was treated by doctors at the scene and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2.35pm. A post mortem will now establish his exact cause of death.
More than 20,000 people participated in Sunday’s race, which was shortened from 100 miles to 86 miles at the last minute because of adverse weather conditions.
Nigel Harding, chief executive of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, said in a statement: "This is a real tragedy and Kris’s death has shocked us all. We had almost 40 people cycling on our behalf yesterday, and we are most grateful to them all, but the death of Kris has inevitably cast a long shadow over the proceedings. All our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time and we will try to offer them any support we can."
Cook had set up a JustGiving page ahead of the race and his stated ambition was to raise £500 for the hospice.
But news of the cyclist’s death has prompted a surge in donations, with the total now more than £28,000 by 11am today.
Many people used the donations site to offer their condolences while making a donation. Ashley Price wrote: "Such a sad story, I hope the money continues to roll in." A Crawley Wheeler wrote: "Your life was given but you’ll live on."
About 50 people, mainly friends and family, had pledged donations before Sunday’s ride, but the number that donated since had risen to more than 2,000 by this morning.