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Rider died of head injuries following incident near Dronfield last Thursday

Police in Derbyshire have released an EVO-fit image and additional pictures in an effort to establish the identity of a man who was died following a road traffic collision with a Cirtroen C3 last Thursday while cycling near Dronfield.

The man, thought to be aged between 55 and 65, suffered serious head injuries in the incident, which happened on the southbound carriageway of the A61 at around 3.20pm on the afternoon of Thursday 31 July.

He was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Northern Hospital in Sheffield but died there of his injuries.

Despite an appeal last week, no-one has yet come forward to help officers discover the victim’s identity.

Derbyshire Constabulary hope that the following EVO-fit, as well as images of the man’s cycle helmet and shoes as well as a bike similar to the black and yellow Carrera TDF he was riding will help lead to his identity being established.

The man is said to be between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 8 inches tall and had short, light brown hair. Police say he did not have tattoos, but there was a small scar on his abdomen.

He was wearing black Lycra shorts, a T-shirt that read Barnsley Metrodome Triathlon 1990, and a sticker on the rear of his helmet which said “Friar Tuck Tiathlon 2002” and had a race number 100.

That event, now defunct, was organised by Chester Triathlon Club and we have passed their details on to Derbshire Constabulary in the hope that it can help them find out the man’s identity.

Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting incident 451 of July 31.

Here are pictures of his helmet and shoes.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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notfastenough [3715 posts] 2 years ago
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Some progress then, let's hope he is IDed. I am surprised it's taken a week for someone to think about actively trying to ID him this way.

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A V Lowe [592 posts] 2 years ago
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Given the fact that a regular cyclist has the physical condition of a non cyclist up to 20 years younger I just wonder if they are pitching the age range too low?

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 2 years ago
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Why don't the police just call the organiser of said Triathlon, get the ID of number 100 and check that...

EDIT: You've already passed the details on, no point in me linking them

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mrmo [2093 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Why don't the police just call the organiser of said Triathlon, get the ID of number 100 and check that...

EDIT: You've already passed the details on, no point in me linking them

Does seem odd that the police haven't thought to investigate the meaning of the sticker. Seems quite common for events to ask competitors to place a sticker on the helmet.

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mrchrispy [480 posts] 2 years ago
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a bit of googling has the 2002 The Friar Tuck triathlon was on the 29th September 2002 and a chap called Phil MacDonald is down as the the contact for it, he seems to have been the captain of city of chester triathlon club.

I'd like to think the police have already contacted the fella to see if he has an records of the event.

http://www.man-tri-club.org.uk/Newsletters_/may2002.pdf
http://www.chestertri.org.uk/our-club

I hope they ID the old boy soon.

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AndreasHolden [15 posts] 2 years ago
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How old was that helmet?! Replace mine every other year, and that may not be often enough to maintain the protection level. Surprised no one seems to know him, given that cyclists are generally a social lot, someone at his LBS might probably twig when he doesn't appear for a while... Shit outcome tho'.  17

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JulesW [36 posts] 2 years ago
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Have you called 101 and passed the information on? Just dial 101 and ask for the relevant police force.

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JulesW [36 posts] 2 years ago
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I decided to contact them myself and have passed on Captain's name, Secretary's name and Treasurer's and the url for the City of Chester Tri Club. I hope they can make some progress. Very odd that he doesn't have a phone or even a wallet. After being knocked unconscious previously I am considering one of those dog collars with personal details on.
[Just saw that the road.cc have already given them the Chester Tri Club details - sorry]

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mrchrispy [480 posts] 2 years ago
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Good job guys, I was about to do the 101 thing (only just getting time to make a call), glad someone picked it up.

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The _Kaner [935 posts] 2 years ago
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Always wear my RoadID wristband and have ICE screen on the phone. Sad that no one has missed this poor chap since the accident occurred. I hope he is ID'd soon.  2

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Oh heck... [47 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm late to this tragic story, and have realised there is a reasonable chance I may know this gentleman, albeit very slightly.

The picture, age etc all fit, and I recognise the helmet as being the same, or twin of the one he wears...I've seen him running and cycling quite a bit.

I don't know his surname, but I do know his first name, plus a couple of other things, if, stressing the if, it is the same man. I'm obviously not going to say here, but I've passed the information to Derbyshire Police.

Either way, let's hope they are able to identify him soon...

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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The story is very sad on lots of different levels.