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Sixth fatality of 2015 as cyclist killed in crash on A37

Second cyclist death in two months on Dorchester bypass

The grim opening to 2015 continued last night with the sixth cyclist fatality of the year, in Dorchester.

An as-yet-unnamed 46-year old man cycling along the A37 at Dorchester when he was involved in a collision with one or more vehicles, according to police reports.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three rapid response vehicles and two ambulances from South Western Ambulance Service attended the crash. A spokesman for the service was unable to say how many casualties there were but told the Dorset Echo: “Both of the ambulances conveyed patients to hospital.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which happened at around 6.40pm on Thursday January 8 2015, between the Weirs roundabout and Loders garage.

It's the second fatality on the A37 near Dorchester in less than two months.

On Friday, November 28 2014 a 55-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a car between the Weir and Monkeys Jump roundabouts.

Dorset Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the latest collision to call PC Tim Gooding of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit on 101 quoting incident number 8:349.

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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