Witnesses sought to incident in Colne on Thursday evening

A 50-year-old man has died after a crash involving three Raleigh Chopper riders on a road in Lancashire on Thursday evening.

According to police, three cyclists were riding as part of a larger group of Raleigh Chopper enthusiasts on Hill Lane, Colne when one of them, a 19-year-old woman, fell from her bike.

They say that two men riding behind her then collided with each other in the incident, which happened shortly before 10pm.

The man who died was taken initially to the Royal Blackburn Hospital before being transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital, where he died on Friday from head injuries.

The woman who crashed sustained bruising to her leg, while the other cyclist, a man aged 40, was uninjured.

In an initial statement issued prior to the man's death, a spokeswoman for Lancashire Constabulary said: "We were called to an incident in Hill Lane, Colne at 9.55pm on May 12.

"It appears that a group of three Raleigh chopper enthusiasts have been riding their bicycles downhill when one appears to have fallen off. "

The Pendle Raleigh Chopper group says on its website that it meets each Thursday for a group ride starting at 7pm in Foulridge, around a mile from where Thursday's incident happened, stopping at pubs for refreshments.

Police have since issued an appeal for witnesses, with Sergeant David Hurst saying: "These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with this man and his family.

"We are appealing for information and would ask anyone who can help to come forward and contact police.

 "If you were in the Hill Lane area and witnessed the incident please contact us."

Anyone who has information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1637 of May 12.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.