A Birmingham teacher died in a road crash as he cycled to join his family for their half-term holiday.
Keen cyclist Colin Roberts, a maths teacher at Wheelers Lane Technology College, in Kings Heath, was riding his bike to Cromer, in Norfolk, while his wife Ruth and relatives took the car.
But the 53-year-old father of two was in collision with a transit van near the village of Toft, Cambridgeshire, at 7.15pm on Saturday.
Relatives of Mr Roberts, from Southam Road, Hall Green, said they were devastated by his death.
His son Philip, aged 21, said: “Dad was a devoted husband and father. He was avid about cycling and would go for a 30-mile ride every Sunday. He was cycling to Cromer when the crash happened.
“Mum and my grandparents drove down in the car and he was cycling down and meeting them there. They had already reached Norfolk when he died and they had to be told the terrible news.
“Dad was a safe cyclist, he always wore a helmet and was careful. Everyone is in utter shock. It hasn’t hit us all yet. All the family is trying to get through it together but it’s very hard.”
Mr Roberts, who grew up in Selly Park, had worked at Wheelers Lane for more than 18 years.
He was married to Ruth, a secretary, and his other son was 24-year-old Jonathan. He was close to his sister Julia, who lives near the Lickey Hills, and father Griffiths Roberts.
“One of dad’s proudest moments was cycling the Coast to Coast route across England in 2005 and he wanted to one day cycle across America,” added Philip.
“He also loved walking and camping in the Peak and Lake Districts.
"He was passionate about music. My dad and I went to see Bruce Springsteen four times.
“He had a fantastic, dry sense of humour and made everyone laugh. He was the best. Everyone loved him.”
Mr Roberts died at the scene of the crash, on the busy A428 eastbound carriageway.
The 30-year-old van driver, from London, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was bailed to appear at Parkside Police Station, Cambridge, on December 1.
Mr Roberts’ funeral will take place at Robin Hood Crematorium at 11am on November 4.