A man has been charged over the death of a 91-year-old cyclist.

Ray Dare, of Leatherhead and a member of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club for 65 years, was trying to set a national record when he died in a crash with a van on the A41 near Aylesbury on July 19.

Thames Valley Police has charged Alan Mills, 46, of Austins Mead, Bovingdon, with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

Mr Mills is due to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court on May 4.

A statement posted on the Kingston Phoenix Road Club website on the day he died read: “It is with huge sadness and shock that I am writing to tell you that Ray passed away this afternoon.”

John Beer, who was cycling with Ray, said: “Ray died doing what he loved. I'm sure he was well on his way to the record, he'd done the two turns and the long descent, which he would have loved.

“He was hit on a straight flat open piece of road, he had two miles to go. We should all remember him for the truly amazing cyclist and husband and step-father he was.”