Tragic Devon cyclist training for 100-mile endurance race
A cyclist died after she swerved off the road and crashed into a house during a training session.
University graduate Rebecca Scott, 24, was peddling down a hill when she lost control and veered towards the building.
Her dad Alan was cycling close behind and heard the impact as she crashed into the side wall, suffering multiple injuries.
Alan called an ambulance and paramedics frantically tried to revive Rebecca before pronouncing her dead.
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The tragedy happened at 2pm last Saturday while super-fit Rebecca, from Clyst St Mary, near Exeter, Devon, was in training for a 100-mile endurance race.
Alan said Rebecca's mother Sue, and her younger brother Matthew, 21, have all been left devastated by her death.
He said: "She lost control on a descent and had an accident. I did not see the point of impact. She went past me and I heard the accident but I was there beside her within seconds.
"There was a nurse there. Paramedics then arrived, as did the air ambulance, but there was nothing they could do for her."
Fitness-obsessed Rebecca completed the Great West Run - a gruelling half-marathon road race - aged 17 and was a keen member of the Exeter Triathlon Club.
She graduated from Falmouth University with a degree in English and Creative Writing and worked at an insurance firm in Exeter.
Her latest challenge was going to be the Lochaber 100, a 100-mile cycling challenge taking place in Scotland at the end of August.
Alan said: "The reason she was out on Saturday was she was training. She wanted to get some miles in.
"She had done some with her mother in the morning and cycled down to do some with me in the afternoon.
"As a family we love our sport and both myself and Rebecca's mother have taken part in triathlons.
"Rebecca just got drawn into it when she came back from university. She was also well-known as a marshal at local running and cycling events."
Mr Scott said the family had been inundated with cards and messages paying touching tributes to his "considerate and kind" daughter.
He added: "We have started to get a lot of cards and flowers which shows just how well she was liked.
"I have just been looking through them and one of them says, 'Becky was a wonderful person who will never be forgotten.'
"Another one says, 'We are all thinking of you and cannot believe this has happened to such an amazing person.'
"Another says, 'She was the best friend I ever had the privilege of spending time with.'
"It is clear from these just how popular she was and how many people will miss her dearly."
Kevin Bawn, the principal of Clyst Vale Community College, said: "Our thoughts and condolences are with Becky's family.
"She was a clever, conscientious and hard-working student, with great sensitivity and energy."
Chairman of Clyst St Mary parish council, Mike Norman, added: "I am sure the whole community will get behind me to offer our condolences to the family over their sad loss.
"It is such a tragic incident and really sad that such a promising young life has been taken away."
Police are treating Rebecca's death, which happened on a narrow, unclassified country lane in Branscombe, Devon, as a tragic accident.
A spokesman said: "At around 2.15pm on Saturday 3rd August 2013, a single vehicle road traffic collision occurred on an unclassified road in the centre of Branscombe.
"The vehicle involved was a pedal cycle ridden by a 24-year-old woman from the Exeter area.
"The cyclist was descending a hill into the centre of Branscombe when she has collided with a house. She sustained serious injuries and died at the scene."