Richard Phillips-Schofield died in March 2014 following a crash in the final lap of a race at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten track
The family of a cyclist who died following a high-speed crash at the end of a circuit race in Portsmouth have said they will take legal action over what they say were unsafe conditions which led to his death.
Richard Phillips-Schofield died on March 11, 2014, two days after suffering severe head and chest injuries at the end of a race at the Mountbatten track in Portsmouth.
A jury inquest at Portsmouth Coroner’s Court returned a verdict of accidental death on Monday (February, 12), concluding that “Richard died as a result of injuries sustained due to coming into contact at speed with an unyielding object after falling from his cycle”.
However that verdict did not satisfy the Phillips-Schofield family, with Richard’s father Frederick saying that questions still needed to be answered about why the race had been allowed to take place in the first place.
“It has been a traumatic experience for all the family and although we have got some answers there is no real sense of closure,” Mr Phillips-Schofield told Portsmouth News.
‘The barriers played a significant part in Richard’s death and in our view were clearly unsafe and we believe that the event should never