THE family of an Olympian who was killed in a cycling accident have paid tribute to him.
Howard Plumb, 42, died after his bike collided with a car near Goodwood. The car driver has been arrested in connection with his death.
Mr Plumb, who was known as Howie, was one of the world’s top windsurfer.
He had numerous national, world and European championship titles in windsurfing and represented Great Britain in the sport at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
His brother Roland 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.’
Mr Plumb, from Westbourne, studied at Bourne Community School, in Southbourne, and Chichester College of Technology before completing a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Portsmouth.
He worked as an engineer at Pall Corporation in Portsmouth.
He was an active member of the i-Team Cycling Club and he competed at several national events, including the Tour of Wessex and the End to End on the Isle of Man and European races in France, Italy and Belgium.
He leaves behind partner Ania and parents Roger and Sue.
The accident happened at 5.15pm on Saturday at Knight’s Hill, Charlton, near Chichester. It involved a white Honda Jazz car.
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.
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