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Scottish police renews appeal for witnesses of crash that hospitalised 75-year-old cyclist

Rider remains in hospital two weeks after collision

Police Scotland has repeated an appeal for information about a collision in which a cyclist was seriously injured in the Scottish Borders.

The 75-year-old man was involved in a collision with a Volvo car on the A72 Peebles to Glentress Road near Eshiels Mill at around 6pm on Monday October 27.

The cyclist was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and subsequently transferred to Glasgow where he remains in a critical condition.

Police are keen to hear from any road users who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle but have not yet come forward.

Sergeant Neil Inglis said: "Two weeks on from this incident, we are still trying to establish exactly what happened to result in the collision taking place.

"I would ask that any motorists or cyclists who were on the A72 on Monday evening and saw either of the vehicles involved prior to the collision to contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to our investigation is also asked to get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland 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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