Local man died at scene yesterday afternoon

A cyclist in Lincoln has died after a collision with a coach yesterday afternoon.

The local man, since named as local rugby coach Michael Beard, died at the scene after the crash which happened at the junction of the A15 Wragby Road and Ruskin Avenue.

The collision was reported to the police at 3:19pm. Police and ambulance attended the incident, but

Sergeant Jason Baxter, of Lincolnshire Police, said: "Tragically, the cyclist has lost his life as a result of the collision.

"He is a local man and his next of kin have been informed."

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the police on the 101 non-emergency number or on the Lincs Police Collision Witness Hotline via 01522 558855, quoting incident number 221 of 25th March.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.