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Police appeal after Hull cyclist injured by trap

Youth alleged to have planted metal object under leaves

A Hull cyclist has sustained a broken wrist after hitting a metal object allegedly planted in his way by a group of youths.

Police said the man was riding into an underpass near Dansom Lane and Mount Pleasant when he passed a group of five youths. He fell from his bike when he hit a piece of metal that was hidden under leaves and heard the youths shouting about it.

A spokesman for Humberside Police told the Hull Daily Mail: "He shouted at the group, who were reported to have responded in an aggressive manner verbally. The man was able to continue his journey and later sought treatment for a broken wrist."

Anyone with information is asked to call Humberside Police on 101, quoting the reference number 2014489.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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