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Yorkshire cyclist thrown 35 feet to death after wheels lock, inquest hears

James Nelson's body was found on dry river bed morning after fatal crash...

A coroner’s inquest has been told that the wheels on a cyclist’s bike may have locked as he braked on a descent, causing him to be thrown over the parapet of a bridge and sustaining fatal injuries.

James Nelson, aged 32, was out on a training ride on the evening of 13 August when the fatal incident happened, reports the Craven Herald.

The experienced cyclist, who was a member of Skipton Cycling Club, had been late setting out from home and may have been trying to catch up with other riders, said Skipton coroner coroner Rob Turnbull.

Marks on the road at Dibble’s Bridge on the road from Hebden to Pateley Bridge suggested he had been travelling at around 19mph when he braked and was thrown 35 feet into a dry river bed below, the inquest heard.

Mr Nelson’s mother reported him missing the following morning, and his body was discovered by two Environment Agency workers surveying the River Dibb.

A post mortem established the cause of death as multiple injuries to his head and chest.

David Taylor from North Yorkshire Police’s collision investigation unit said he believed that the wheels of Mr Nelson’s bike had locked as he braked on a 16 per cent descent.

He added that it appeared that the bike had collided with the wall of the bridge, that conditions were fine and dry, and that there were no potholes on the road surface.

The officer said there were no signs of another vehicle or an animal being involved in the collision, although it was impossible to rule that out entirely.

The coroner concluded that Mr Nelson’s death was due to an accident, and was  "a tragic and sad loss" to his friends and family.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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