Cyclists honour fallen friend

Last updated 11:39 21/06/2014
Jocelyn Lee Goodwin
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MEMORIAL RIDE: Jocelyn Lee Goodwin, 51, was killed in a crash in April. This picture, was taken in August 2012 at a Bike Manawatu Dinner.
Jocelyn Goodwin memorial
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TRIBUTE: More than 100 cyclists pay tribute to fallen friend Jocelyn Goodwin.

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Despite the dreary weather, more than a hundred cyclists turned out to honour their fallen friend Jocelyn Goodwin in a memorial ride today.

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.

More than a hundred cyclists completed a 30-kilometre memorial ride in honour of Goodwin this morning.

Organiser Oiroa Kaihau, a Bike Manawatu member who competed with Goodwin, said the range of riders who gathered despite this morning's wet weather was heartening.

''I never knew how many people were going to turn up today, but this is testament in such inclement weather to the person Jocelyn was.''

Goodwin's partner, Garry Wadsworth, took part in the memorial ride.

''This weather wouldn't have been bad enough to put Jocelyn off,'' he said.

''She would have come out for sure.

''We all remember her as a strong and enthusiastic rider, so thanks for coming out for her today.''

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

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- Manawatu Standard

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