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Cyclist killed in crash in Derbyshire still unidentified

Police appeal for help naming man in 50s who died after collision on A61 on Thursday

Police in Derbyshire are appealing for help to identify a cyclist who died after a collision on the A61 dual carriageway near Dronfield.

The male rider was involved in a collision with a a Citroen C3 about 3.20pm on Thursday, July 31, on the southbound carriageway. Despite local media appeals, police have as yet been unable to identify him.

The cyclist suffered serious head injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Northern General Hospital, in Sheffield, where he later died.

The man was white, aged about 55, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins in height, and with short, grey hair. He had no tattoos but had a small scar to his abdomen. He was wearing black lycra shorts and red cycling shoes.

He was riding a a black and yellow Carrera TDF road bike a black saddle and black Carrera wheels. A small black and white saddle bag was attached to the rear of the seat.

A Carrera TDF similar to the bike the man was riding

The cyclist did not have any identification on him and police are appealing to anyone who may be unsure of the whereabouts of a friend or family member who went out for a bike ride and has not returned as expected.

Anyone with information on the identity of the man should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting incident 451 of July 31.

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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.

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