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Witness appeal after hit-and-run driver leaves cyclist unconscious

Crash on A4 at Midgham puts 29-year-old in hospital

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was left unconscious by a hit-and-run driver in Midgham, east of Newbury, on Friday.

Between 6pm and 7.45pm, the 29-year-old cyclist was hit by a vehicle on the A4 Bath Road, opposite the Spire Ridge Kennels.

The cyclist was knocked unconscious and was found by a member of the public on the side of the road. He was taken to hospital, where he was treated for fractured ribs and a fractured cheekbone, along with cuts and bruises.

The driver failed to stop.

The cyclist was riding a red bike and was wearing a high visibility vest.

In the weekend's other incident on Thames Valley Police's patch, a cyclist was assaulted by a car occupant as another passenger filmed the attack.

Anyone who has information about the fail-to-stop collision is asked to contact investigating officer PC Kate Lathe from Newbury Police Station on 101.

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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