A participant in the 2022 RideLondon-Essex 100 cycling event died yesterday (June 22) after suffering a cardiac arrest at the event last month. After the incident, he was rushed to hospital where he was confirmed to a month later. Valentin Buliga, a North Londoner from Bulgaria, went into cardiac arrest at about the 49-mile mark of the 100-mile race at Stebbings Green, a small hamlet in Essex.
The 41-year old business owner was treated by fellow cyclists and medical teams at the scene on May 29 but he lost consciousness. A spokesperson for Valentin’s family shared that he ‘loved cycling’. The family have set up a fundraiser to help contribute towards Valentin’s funeral, which will take place in his homeland Romania.
John Jorja, speaking on behalf of Valentin’s family, said: “Valentin loved cycling and was so happy and excited on the morning of the event. He was a fantastic person, colleague and friend. He very generously gave the gift of life to others after he passed.”
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RideLondon have expressed their sincere condolences to Valentin’s family and friends following the tragic death of the North London cyclist. The fundraiser, organised yesterday, June 22, has already amassed more than £10,000 to help Valentin’s family. One person who donated, John, wrote: “What a fantastic person, colleague and friend… Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts!”
A total of 22,367 riders completed this year’s RideLondon-Essex event which weaves across the countryside between London and Essex. The cycling festival started in 2013 and was developed by the Mayor of London as a legacy event following on from London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics.
The fundraiser, set up to help support Valentin’s family, can be accessed here.
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