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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.”

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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.

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 Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for 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 before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

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