A cycle ride to remember Jocelyn

Remembered: Jocelyn Goodwin with husband Garry Wadsworth.
Remembered: Jocelyn Goodwin with husband Garry Wadsworth.

Cyclists will honour fallen friend, sportswoman and teacher Jocelyn Goodwin this weekend with a memorial ride.

Masters cyclist and Hokowhitu School deputy principal Jocelyn Lee Goodwin died at the scene of a crash in Summerhill Drive, Palmerston North, on April 6.

Goodwin, 51, who was on a training ride on her bicycle, and a truck-and-trailer unit were both travelling up the hill just after 7am when they collided.

A memorial ride, organised by Oiroa Kaihau, a fellow Bike Manawatu member, will take place on Saturday with the blessing of Goodwin's husband, Garry Wadsworth.

Wadsworth is expected to take part in the ride and say a few words to riders before it begins.

A sportswoman proficient in multiple disciplines, Goodwin loved cycling and excelled at time trials as well as winning numerous local Masters Games titles.

Kaihau said the club had always planned to do a memorial ride for Goodwin, it was just a matter of when.

The ride will set off from Hokowhitu School on Albert St and finish at Russell St School, a past workplace, in a nod to the profession she loved.

He was unsure how many people would participate in the event, but said she was well known to the cycling and triathlon community, as well as many others.

Kaihau said the ride was about 30 kilometres in length and he expected it to take about an hour and a half.

"Jocelyn was an avid cyclist herself, she was a strong club member and we would often see Jocelyn at a number of competitive cycling events as well as recreational, so she made a lot of friends through that particular network."

Kaihau said he had not realised the extent of Goodwin's sporting achievements until he attended her funeral, when her husband spoke of her success in whitewater canoeing and triathalons before she turned her attention to road cycling.

"She was very talented, and I never knew that about her, I only knew her prowess on a time trial bike, because she could ride faster than me. And I couldn't beat her time."

A collection bucket will also do the rounds at the ride, with proceeds to go to the St John Ambulance service.

St John supported Bike Manawatu at many of its events, he said.

If the weather is particularly unsuitable, a decision will be made to postpone the ride no later than 7.30am on the day, with details posted on the Bike Manawatu webpage.

For more information about the ride route see the Bike Manawatu website.

Manawatu Standard