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Bono bike crash puts U2 TV slots on ice

Singer needs surgery after "spill" in Central Park...

Rock band U2 have been forced to cancel a series of TV appearances after lead singer Bono crashed his bike in New York's Central Park.

According to a brief announcement on the band's website, Bono — real name Paul Hewson — injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and will need surgery.

The band had been due to appear on The Tonight Show every day this week, but that's now on hold.

"It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time," the band said. "We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back!"

Bono is reported to be a keen cyclist and earlier this year was snapped riding with his wife Alison Hewson near their French holiday home in Eze-sur-Mer.

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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