Appeal to honour killed Wirksworth cyclist raises £3,000 for charity

Racing cyclist Josephine Gilbert, who died after her bike was in collision with a lorry.
Racing cyclist Josephine Gilbert, who died after her bike was in collision with a lorry.

Thousands of pounds have been raised in an appeal to honour a racing cyclist from Wirksworth who was killed in a road accident.

Josephine Gilbert, 25, died after her bike was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A52 Ashbourne Road in Derby, near the Markeaton island, on Tuesday, January 21.

In the days after her death, friends and family set up a JustGiving page, entitled Remembering Jose, to raise funds for the mental health charity, Mind. By this week, the total raised had reached more than £3,000.

The page said: “Instead of flowers, we are asking for donations to be made on Jose’s behalf to Mind.

“Jose was not only an impressive sportswoman, she was also a huge advocate of the benefits and importance of sport for the mind.

“The charity Mind uses the power of sport and physical activity to raise awareness, tackle mental health stigmas and support those of us with mental health problems to become more active.

“It also offers a range of resources and engagement opportunities for sports organisations who wish to do more around mental health.”

Josephine had completed a psychology degree at Loughborough University, and was hoping to pursue a career in sports management.

But she was best known as one of the most respected female road-racing cyclists in the country.

She competed in the British National Championships and also the prestigious Women’s Tour de Yorkshire event.

 News of her death sent shockwaves through the cycling community.

A statement from racing team Jadan-Vive Le Velo read: “We are devastated by the passing of this beautiful, talented woman.”

Fellow rider Jill Lomax described her as “an inspiration to all young, female cyclists.”

Coaching company 42 Degrees said Josephine’s “soft nature off the bike was never matched by the ferocity she showed on the bike”.

The tragic collision happened at about 2 pm. Josephine died at the scene, while the driver of the lorry was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital.

Days later, family and friends held an evening gathering near the Markeaton island in her memory. Instead of candles, those attending took a bike light or torch.