Northern Ireland cycling in mourning as Billy Kerr dies

Cyclist Billy Kerr
Billy won the Tour of the North two years running

Former Ireland Olympic cyclist Billy Kerr has died after a short illness at the age of 67.

Kerr, from Ballymena, competed at the Moscow Olympics in 1980 and also represented Northern Ireland at two Commonwealth Games.

He was known not just for his talent, but for bringing the Ballymena Road Club to the forefront of local cycling.

A tribute on the Irishcycling.com website described Kerr as "one of the best of his day."

It added: "Billy Kerr brought not only the club to a higher level, but he was renowned for his ability to perform at international level.

"He was at his best in the late 1970s, bringing success for club and country when he won the Tour of the North in 1978 and 1979.

"After that, he won the International Stage race in England.

"His list of wins is an indication of his ability."