THE brother of a 42-year-old cyclist who died after a collision near Goodwood has paid tribute to him.
Howard Plumb, a former Olympic windsurfer from Westbourne, died after a crash between his bike and a Honda Jazz in Knight’s Hill, Charlton, on Saturday.
Mr Plumb, known to friends and family as Howie, studied at Bourne Community School in Southbourne and Chichester College of Technology before completing a degree in mechanical engineering at Portsmouth University. He worked as an engineer at Pall Corporation in Portsmouth.
He had numerous national, world and European championship titles in windsurfing and represented Great Britain in the sport at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
As an active member of the i-Team Cycling Club he competed at several national events including the Tour of Wessex and the End to End on the Isle of Man and numerous European races in France, Italy and Belgium.
Mr Plumb leaves a partner, Ania, parents Roger and Sue and brother Roland.
Roland Plumb said: “Howie has had a huge impact on our lives and had many great friends around the world.
“The number of messages of condolences we have received has been staggering and a testament to both his popularity and accomplishments.
“We need time to come to terms with this tragic event and would ask for privacy at this time.”
A 54-year-old man from Sweden, arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention has been released on bail until November 13.
Anyone with information about the collision should call 101 quoting Op Birr.
See tomorrow’s Observer for tributes to Mr Plumb from friends, family and the sporting world (July 9).