David Miller gifted number one jersey for The Starley Sportive

A former World Championship cyclist has been gifted the number one jersey for an upcoming charity cycle ride.

David Miller will don the jersey for the The Starley Sportive in recognition of his achievements in cycling and contribution to the organisers, Coventry Road Club and Deeley Group.

The event – which takes place on Sunday, 18 February – will raise money to support Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and will also celebrate cycling innovators James and John Kemp Starley, who both worked and lived in Coventry.

It features two routes to ride, one of 59 miles and the other 30 miles.

David competed in the Cyclo-Cross World Championships for the British Cycling Team and has been a member of the Coventry Road Club for more than 60 years – now holding the role of chairman and is also a life member of the club.

He worked for Deeley Group for 37 years, before retiring 10 years ago and took part in the World Championships during his first year with the company in 1972.

David worked as manager of Castledine Services, which was part of the Deeley Group, and was hired by current managing director Peter Deeley.

David said: “It’s a great honour to be given the number one jersey and be recognised for what I have done within cycling and for the Coventry Road Club itself and my long-service to Deeley.

“I remember when I first started working at the Deeley Group, they wanted me to start but I had tell them ‘I will start with you but I’m riding the World Championships in February and I’m certainly not going to miss that for anything!’

“We were at the 80th anniversary event for Deeley Group and I saw Peter there, I mentioned we were running our cycling ride to him and from there we decided to join forces and put on this great event.

“I still try to get out on my bike three or four times a week and I’m really looking forward to this event – it’s a great chance to raise funds for Zoë’s Place too, which is a very important cause.

“This is a ride to encourage people to get out on their bikes, with a marked out route and to enjoy cycling.

“The longer route, which is 58 miles, is quite testing, but people can definitely do it!”

Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Group, said: “It is fantastic to be able to recognise the contribution that David has made to cycling in the area and the many years of service he gave to our company.

“We’re all looking forward to the charity cycle ride, catching up with some familiar faces and raising money for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, who we have been long standing supporters of here at the Deeley Group.”

On-the-day entry will cost £15, with complimentary tea, coffee and cake for participants after the ride. Online entry is priced at £12 and closes on Sunday, February 11.

For more information and to register for The Starley Sportive visit www.coventryroadclub.org.uk