Ilkley Cycling Club pay tribute to industrial accident victim Lee Horton who created Tour de France Grand Depart 2014 campsite

One of the two men killed in an industrial accident in Bingley had an 'immeasurable impact' on Ilkley Cycling Club.

By Grace Newton
Saturday, 7th November 2020, 11:59 am
Updated Saturday, 7th November 2020, 12:04 pm
Lee Horton (photo: Ilkley Cycling Club)
Lee Horton (photo: Ilkley Cycling Club)

Lee Horton, 58, from Ilkley, was involved in the accident on the Castlefield industrial estate on October 29. He died the following day in hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive are investigating but have not released the name of the employer Mr Horton and Daron Pickstock, from Lancashire, were working for at the time of their deaths.

Mr Horton was a 'heavily involved' member of Ilkley Cycling Club who came up with the idea of running a campsite for visitors to the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014, the income from which helped to secure the club's financial future.

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The accountancy and finance graduate, who also had an MBA from Bradford University, was also a keen skier, mountaineer and scuba diver.

A statement from Ilkley Cycling Club read: "Lee made an immeasurable impact on Ilkley Cycling Club and on the many friends he made within it. He was heavily involved in the club from its reformation, as a regular club rider, a ride leader and a committee member.

"His vision for the campsite during Le Grand Depart in 2014 and his hard work in creating this hugely successful site, enjoyed by visitors from across the world, really demonstrates the kind of guy he was. The commercial success of the event was instrumental in putting the club in the excellent financial position it remains in today.

"His commercial acumen and commitment to the club was further exemplified by securing considerable sponsorship from several local businesses to deliver the Ilkley Town Centre Races in a way which brought the club, other riders and the town itself together, united in some great evenings of racing. Many of these sponsors remain committed to the club to this day.

"Lee was a regular ride leader, always encouraging people to ride just that little further. He was a regular participant in club trips and events - youth hostelling, Mallorca, Scotland and more and was always great company. Many will remember him as a true gentleman, totally unflappable and always there in time of need. Lee was self-effacing by nature, but his qualities were plain to see by all who knew him. He was a great friend, a great family man and a genuinely good person.

"He will be hugely missed and we fully intend to do something to celebrate him when appropriate and safe to do so. Thanks for the ride, Lee."