Tribute to Rob

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Updated 10 June 2011
10 June 2011

Eamonn Deane writes … More than 300 mourners packed into the chapel at Poole Crematorium to pay their last respects to Rob Jeffries, who was killed in a road traffic accident two weeks ago.

Members of Poole Wheelers rode slowly behind the hearse as it carried Rob’s body the final few hundred yards to the crematorium. The coffin was draped in jerseys from all of Rob’s previous clubs and lapel pins were handed out, made from one of Rob’s old chains, by stepson George.

Daughter Eve spoke bravely of her father, failing to hold back the tears. Robs older brother, Will also shared his tears with the congregation. In a very moving eulogy, Will recalled insignificant phone calls with Rob, that now mean so much “as the phone does not ring anymore”. The humanist ceremony drew to a close with the words” To the Freedom of wind and sunshine, we let you go”

A fund has been set up in Rob’s memory to encourage young riders. Donations can be made to

Poole WHS/ Robs Velo Youth Fund

C/O James Smith FD
60a Kings Road
BH 19 1HR

Rob Jefferies was killed  on Thursday 26 May 2011 whilst cycling. He was with his mate Brycey who stated:

Last night I was out training with  Big Rob down in Wareham, Dorset. After we'd finished our session we were riding home along a wide road whereby a car came from behind just missing me but hit Rob from behind. Both myself, an off duty fireman and paramedics did what we could but sadly Rob died at the scene. We were both riding inside the hard shoulder right over on the left. The driver allegedly never saw us. The police investigation is ongoing.

Rob was helping me train for the national masters champs next month. We were both due to compete there. He was never short of enthusiasm for his cycling and was a fine time triallist racing for Poole Wheelers and an exceptional track racer. Some of the forum may also know him from his pursuit meeting he organised two years ago at Herne Hill. He was 43 with a family.

My condolences go to his family. An absolute tragedy.


Dear all

It's my sad duty to let you all know that my dear friend and brother-in-law Rob Jefferies was killed in a road traffic accident cycling near Wareham Dorset yesterday evening (Thursday 26 May). Robert started his racing career as a young teenager riding for the Festival RC and then the De Laune CC where I first knew him. He later rode for Brixton Cycles, Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers and Poole Wheelers. His great skill then was as a top track rider at Herne Hill as well as time trials and road/circuit racing. He held many club records from a young age and went on to win national medals. I know that he had got a new PB recently which he was very proud of.

Heart felt condolences to Jane, Eve, George and family

John O'

More posts about Rob on the Poole Wheelers Web site and and on Facebook and Cycling Weekly and

You must check this site out  28-05-11

Grand Prix of London Roller competition 198?
Gary Birch, Andy & Sue Lyle, Pete Harris, Mike Rice, Andy Castle?, Rob Jefferies


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