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Man charged over death of Bath cyclist Jake Gilmore

53-year-old charged with causing death by dangerous driving & failing to stop

A man has been charged in connection with the death of Bath cyclist Jake Gilmore on November 16 2013.

Jake Gilmore, 19, was found by a passer-by on Bath’s Midland Bridge Road at about 9.30pm, suffering from severe head injuries. He was taken to the Royal United Hospital, but later died.

According to the Bath ChronicleRaymond Isherwood, 53, of Bennett Street, in Bath, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, perverting the course of justice, failure to answer police bail and production of cannabis.

Isherwood was arrested in Swansea. He appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on May 6 and later at Bristol Crown Court. He has been remanded in custody pending a trial date.

Jake Gilmore lived in Lower Oldfield Park and worked at the Lamb and Lion pub in Lower Borough Walls.


Ghost bike for Jake Gilmore on Midland Bridge Road

The scene of his death was decorated with tributes including a bouquet from the pub, and a ghost bike was later placed there in his memory.

On November 30 a large group of cyclists rode from the centre of Bath to the scene of the crash that claimed Jake Gilmore’s life. On the ride’s Facebook page, his father Toby wrote on behalf of his family: “We are touched by the number of friends, family and strangers who went to such efforts to honour the memory of Jake.

"We are grateful for your photos and videos; as you all understand, we couldn't bear to attend ourselves. Most of all, we are grateful you all went; it means the world to us and we thank each one of you.

"Toby, Sue and Max"

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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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