Riders struck with awe at lightning show

David McCutcheon, Daniel Caron and Ben Anderson take part in Tim’s Ride, an annual event in memory of Tim Anderson, who was killed in 2012 by a drunk driver while cycling.  Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au   d446514
David McCutcheon, Daniel Caron and Ben Anderson take part in Tim’s Ride, an annual event in memory of Tim Anderson, who was killed in 2012 by a drunk driver while cycling. Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au d446514

SATURDAY evening’s spectacular lightning show provided a breathtaking backdrop for safe cycling supporters involved with the annual Tim’s Ride.

The event’s post-ride barbecue and formalities were just wrapping up at Harvey Field in Cottesloe when the skyshow commanded centre stage.

Event organiser Ian Anderson said emcee James Lush and most of the 500 people gathered quickly dispersed.

The police-led ride through the western suburbs is held in honour of Ian’s son Tim, who was killed when hit by a drunk driver while cycling in 2012.

The 26km course included a stop at the ghost bike memorial erected in Mosman Park in honour of Tim and a near run-in with royalty as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge, who were headed towards their own sunset barbecue in Cottesloe around the same time.

At Harvey Field, Royal Perth Hospital’s David McCutcheon spoke about the success of a program where school children are taken through a trauma scene and introduced to victim’s relatives, in the hope it will reduce their risk of involvement in future accidents.

West Cycle President Neil Hackett also spoke about changes that need to occur, particularly with infrastructure, to keep cyclists safer.

Earlier, as cyclists made their way off Harvey Field to start the peloton-formation ride, band members from Tim’s former school Scotch College played Amazing Grace in tribute to those who have been lost.

As well as Tim Anderson, some took part in memory of triathlete Brynt McSwain, who was killed last year.