Man collided with a car near Peebles on Monday

Police are asking the public for help in identifying a cyclist who died in a crash near Peebles on Monday afternoon.

The man, aged in his 40s or 50s, was riding a blue and white Peugeot road bike and wearing a yellow jacket, a blue and yellow cycling top, and black cycling shorts.

Borders Police say that he veered across the road and collided with a southbound Fiat Panda on the A703 Peebles to Edinburgh road about 300 metres from the town.

It is believed that he might have felt unwell, causing him to swerve. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened at around 4.20pm.

Sergeant Brian Jones of Lothian and Borders Police told the Southern Reporter: “There may be someone out there who recognises the description of this cyclist and I would appeal to them to come forward as a matter of urgency.

“I would also appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward - they may have vital information that could greatly assist us in establishing the full circumstances.”

The road was closed for three-and-a-half hours while experts examined the scene and the vehicles.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Galashiels Police Station on 01896 664545 or the Force Communication Centre on 0131 311 3131.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.