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Police appeal for witnesses after Cheltenham cyclist death

Woman died after being discharged from hospital

Gloucestershire police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist found with head injuries in Cheltenham later died.

The 52-year-old Cheltenham woman was cycling from the tennis club on Old Bath Road in the direction of Leckhampton Hill at about 11.30am on Tuesday January 13.

She was found on the pavement a short time later with head injuries and taken to Cheltenham General Hospital.

She was later discharged, but the ambulance service was called to the woman's home on the morning of January 14 and she later died.

Police are asking anyone who saw what happened to the woman while she was cycling to call 101 and quote incident 111 of January 13.

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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