The global cycling community has been left in a state of shock after the sudden demise of Melissa Dennis Hoskins, a retired professional cyclist and an ex-world champion. The unfortunate event took place on New Year’s Eve when Melissa was reportedly knocked down by a grey ute on Avenel Gardens Road. Despite immediate medical attention, she lost her battle for life in the hospital. This news has left a profound impact on the sports fraternity globally, causing disbelief amongst fans and athletes.
Witnesses stated that Melissa was struck by a vehicle just after 8 pm on Saturday, leading to the urgent call of emergency services to the scene. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed the sad news on Monday, stating that Melissa Hoskins had tragically lost her life in a vehicular accident in the southern part of Australia.
Melissa’s untimely death has elicited a wave of grief and sorrow worldwide. Numerous European reports highlighted her relationship with fellow cyclist Rohan Dennis, displaying images of the couple with their children, and even wedding day photographs. Dennis had recently posted a family picture on Instagram wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas from our family to yours.”
Melissa’s former team, now known as Jayco AlUla, expressed their deep sorrow, sharing, “We are devastated to learn of the passing of former GreenEDGE Cycling rider Melissa Dennis nee Hoskins. Our thoughts are with her family and friends and the whole cycling community at this deeply saddening time. She will never be forgotten. RIP Mel.”
Although initial reports shed light on Rohan Dennis’s arrest and subsequent charges in connection to the incident, the spotlight for many remains on remembering Melissa Hoskins. Her impressive career and her role as a devoted mother of two have been underscored.
Social media users also shared their grief and remembrances. @hollycamefrom posted, “Melissa Hoskins was a beautiful woman and a belter of a cyclist. We must remember her.” This sentiment was reiterated by 9 News television, who portrayed her as “a champion on the cycling stage and an adoring mother of two, this was Melissa Dennis (née Hoskins) and in the prime of her life.”
The cycling world has indeed lost a genuine champion. Melissa Dennis Hoskins will be remembered not just for her extraordinary achievements in professional cycling, but also for being a loving mother. As the community grieves her sudden departure, the emphasis remains on honouring her legacy and the significant impact she made on the sport.