Likely someone in the next few days will say "just off out on the bike dear", or "off to college now mum" and never come home again. Doesn't bear thinking about.
From the Braveheart forum:
Alistair and I have spent our whole life around cycling due to the fact that my father (Archie) competed for 60 years. I always knew that my brother was one in a million but it is so nice and comforting to hear that so many other people obviously felt the same about him. Alistair would have chatted about cycling until the cows came home and he was more than happy to give advice/help to anybody new or from outwith the area. I have also known him to take his number of his back when there has been a problem with a timekeeper being unavailable and he would give up his ride so the rest of the field could get to race.
He lived for his bike and when I spoke to him at 10.30 yesterday morning he told me that he was heading out for a run as the weather was so nice. I have never ever told him to take care out on his bike as he was such a competent cyclist, was not known to take risks or do anything stupid (except the occasional sprint for the 30 signs). I just told him to have a good ride and said that I hoped that the weather would stay nice for him. It never crossed my mind that it would be the last conversation that we would have and that an hour later he would no longer be alive. The road he was on was one that he has cycled many times every year for the past 40 years and I am sure he was having a practice run for the FCA 50 TT on that road that he was entered for next week.
As Sandy said at the moment we do not have a date for the funeral as the procurator fiscal is involved and a PM has to be carried out. It would however, mean a lot to me if anybody planning to attend his funeral would wear their club colours.
The pain that we are all feeling at the moment I cannot put into words and my hands are shaking as I write this. My son Gavin is absolutely distraught as his Uncle Ali was everything to him. Over the summer they attended all the FCA Midweek events together and every weekend they were at some TT somewhere in Scotland. During the winter Wednesday was turbo night and Sunday Ali would come in from his night shift and he and Gavin would go out for a couple of hours.
I would like to say that everybody's kind and heartfelt comments are much appreciated and are helping.
Ali would like the fact of always having a tailwind.
It is worth writing to your MSP or MP if you feel strongly about this, to try and keep cycling on their agenda: