Update: Derbyshire police name mystery cyclist killed in collision near Dronfield

Rider formally identified by family

Police in Derbyshire have named the rider killed in a collision near Dronfield, who was idetified as a result of considerable public help, following a formal identification by his family.

Malcolm Cottam (55) from Sheffield suffered serious head injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Northern General Hospital, in Sheffield, where he later died.

On Wednesday, police released photos of the man's helmet and shoes, plus an Evo-fit image, as he was carrying no identification.

Mr Cottam, died after a collision with a Citroen C3 on a stretch of the A61 near Dronfield on Thursday, July 31.

 

A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “The response to our appeal was excellent and the information we received has been of great assistance to the officers in this case.

“We would like to thank those who came forward or shared the appeal online.”

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.

Latest Comments

  • mdavidford 1 sec ago

    Not just you - the internet was down in the pharmacy this morning and I had to hand over actual cash to pay for something - it was a very weird...

  • Mathemagician 8 min 13 sec ago

    Yes, we should all shy away from using an inherently better drive type.

  • kil0ran 22 min 48 sec ago

    Self-build is the way to go. My old Triban 3 (now a pub bike) has been through commuter build to fast road with Di2 to light tourer to pub bike....

  • quiff 23 min 46 sec ago

    Is that a thing? I thought generally the advice was that you need some steerer above the stem clamp. Ok, it doesn't look that neat having loads of...

  • mdavidford 21 min 10 sec ago

    Makes you wonder why you bother reading reviews in the first place, since they cannot possibly give you any information you would consider useful....

  • ktache 28 min 22 sec ago

    Thank you  for posting this.  I read it yesterday and was very saddened by it....

  • jollygoodvelo 30 min 40 sec ago

    I've bought and enjoyed the other three so will be buying this one.  Beautifully produced books, ideal for dipping in and out of, perhaps in the...

  • brooksby 32 min 52 sec ago

    No, no, no.  I'm not being an idiot in driving 100 miles to go to the beach.  It's the other people driving 100 miles to go to the beach: it's them...

  • kil0ran 33 min 7 sec ago

    Correct on both counts re the Ribble, which is an issue if you can't bring the bike in the house or don't have power to the garage. Echo your...

  • The Choking Angels 40 min 31 sec ago

    Why complain to ST or IPSO? Describing the construction of a booby trap targetted at a particular group of people should be a police matter - it...