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Crash on A4 at Midgham puts 29-year-old in hospital

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was left unconscious by a hit-and-run driver in Midgham, east of Newbury, on Friday.

Between 6pm and 7.45pm, the 29-year-old cyclist was hit by a vehicle on the A4 Bath Road, opposite the Spire Ridge Kennels.

The cyclist was knocked unconscious and was found by a member of the public on the side of the road. He was taken to hospital, where he was treated for fractured ribs and a fractured cheekbone, along with cuts and bruises.

The driver failed to stop.

The cyclist was riding a red bike and was wearing a high visibility vest.

In the weekend's other incident on Thames Valley Police's patch, a cyclist was assaulted by a car occupant as another passenger filmed the attack.

Anyone who has information about the fail-to-stop collision is asked to contact investigating officer PC Kate Lathe from Newbury Police Station on 101.

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.