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Police appeal for witnesses after cyclist killed in south-west London

25-year-old man involved in collision with Silver Honda Accord

The Metropolitan Police is appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died following a collision with a car in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 25-year-old-man, who has not yet been named, was involved in a collision with a silver Honda Accord on Kingston Road, Merton, London SW20. Police were called to the scene at 00:45 on Saturday, July 19.

The rider was taken by London Ambulance Service to hospital, but died at 09:45.

The driver, a 32-year-old male, stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157.

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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