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Police appeal after West Yorkshire cyclist death

Rider dies after collision on A650 on January 5

West Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a cyclist after a road traffic collision on Monday, January 5.

According to the police:

The incident happened at 4.10pm on the A650 at Tingley when a red and white coloured Trek Alpha Racing Pedal Cycle was being ridden along the road in the direction of Tingley roundabout.

The bike and a black coloured Vauxhall Corsa being driven in the same direction were then in collision. As a result of the incident the cyclist - a 47 year old man - was left with serious injuries which have now proved fatal.

Sergeant Ann Drury of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: "This happened at a busy  time of day. I would appeal to any witnesses who saw the pedal cycle or the  vehicle before the collision or the collision itself who haven't yet come forward to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team 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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