Rider formally identified by family

Police in Derbyshire have named the rider killed in a collision near Dronfield, who was idetified as a result of considerable public help, following a formal identification by his family.

Malcolm Cottam (55) from Sheffield suffered serious head injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Northern General Hospital, in Sheffield, where he later died.

On Wednesday, police released photos of the man's helmet and shoes, plus an Evo-fit image, as he was carrying no identification.

Mr Cottam, died after a collision with a Citroen C3 on a stretch of the A61 near Dronfield on Thursday, July 31.


A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “The response to our appeal was excellent and the information we received has been of great assistance to the officers in this case.

“We would like to thank those who came forward or shared the appeal online.”

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.