A man has been charged after a 70-year-old cyclist was attacked by another rider in Dundee earlier this month.
The victim, a retired artist who is profoundly deaf, suffered a double fracture of his cheekbone after being attacked on a cycle path by a man who had followed him from the city centre on Monday September 3.
Police Scotland said the attacker "seemed to take umbrage” at the victim outside Nandos on Nethergate. He then followed the older man to the cycle path behind Sensation Science Centre.
The pensioner stopped when he realised the other rider was following him and the man swore at him, attacked him and knocked him off his bike.
The victim made his way home where his wife called an ambulance. He was treated at Ninewells Hospital.
“He’s terribly upset about it,” his wife told the Courier newspaper shortly after the incident. “He’s in an awful state and he’s pretty shocked by what happened. I only knew something was wrong when he collapsed at the front door of the house.”
Police Scotland said a 48-year-old man has been charged in connection with the attack and is due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court today.
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.