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White van man fails to stop

Scottish police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in Stirlingshire on Saturday.

The BBC reports that a 47-year-old male rider was on the B822 Kippen to Fintry road just west of Kippen at about 13:45 on Saturday when he was struck by a van whose driver failed to stop.

The rider was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital. The van that hit him is believed to be white.

Sgt Andrew Thomson said: "I am keen to hear from anyone who was using the B822 between Kippen and the village of Fintry around the time of the collision.

"The cyclist suffered some painful injuries and the driver of the other vehicle did not stop.

"Anyone who can help us trace this individual or who has information that can assist with our ongoing enquiries is asked to come forward."

Anyone who with information can contact Police Scotland on the non-emergency number 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.