Brother of St Albans motorcyclist killed in Norfolk pays tribute

Carl Bourne, who died on a charity bike ride last September.

Carl Bourne, who died on a charity bike ride last September. - Credit: Archant

The brother of a St Albans motorcyclist who died on a charity ride last September has vowed to continue his brother’s work.

Ivor Bourne, who has vowed to carry on his brother's work.

Ivor Bourne, who has vowed to carry on his brother's work. - Credit: Archant

Carl Bourne, 47, of Cranbrook Drive was “passionate about biking” according to his brother Ivor, 53, from Oxfordshire.

Ivor said: “A chance meeting at a ‘Ride Out’ he had organised through the St Albans Sportsbike Riders Club, stirred his desire to want to do something for this one person.

“Her name is Emma Young, a keen biker herself.

“She had been diagnosed with a rare incurable form of cancer, and her riding had been curtailed on medical advice.

“He was so touched by her story he decided to set up The Incurables Global Tracktime charity through crowd funding.”

The charity was created to raise money to let people with incurable diseases go on a motorbike track day.

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A statement on the charity’s Just Giving page read: “His plan was to make the dreams of people like Emma experience the thrill of biking in the safe and controlled environment of the race track.

“That same thrill that bikers around the globe experience daily on and off the track.”

However Carl was not able to set off towards these goals before he was killed in the accident in Norfolk.

Ivor said of his brother’s death: “It has to have been one of the most painful experiences I have ever had to endure.

“It is difficult to put into words the depth of emotion you feel.

“As a family we had lost our mother at a very early age, she was only 54, then our father died seven or so years ago, but nothing prepares you, or hits you as hard when, your younger sibling dies. It hurts.

“It did however make me more resolute in what I want to do with my work, my life, and most importantly my friends and family.

“The grieving is far from over, and the reality is you never actually get over the loss of a loved one, you learn to live with it, something I do everyday.”

Ivor has now decided to carry on the charity, helping to complete his brother’s legacy.

He said: “As clichéd as it may sound, it takes certain events in your life to determine what you really want to do, the kind of person you want to be and cancer has been in our family for a long time.

“But nothing focuses the mind more than the sudden death of a loved one.

“You ask a lot of questions: Why are we here? What will I be remembered for? What’s important?

“So for me it was about doing something that could affect the life of even one individual in a positive way.”

The charity will be doing the Ride London in July for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Visit to find out more about the charity.