Rider left with broken nose after collision and assault in Barrow on Monday

A cyclist from Cumbria has spoken of how he was knocked off his bike by a speeding driver – and was then punched repeatedly by a passenger from the vehicle.

The incident happened at around 7.15pm on Monday evening close to the Tally Ho pub in Schneider Road, Barrow, reports the North West Evening Mail.

The victim, a 32-year-old man named only as Alan, sustained a broken nose in the attack.

He said:" I was riding back from a group and after a car came speeding around the corner, I got knocked off my bike.

“A man, who was the passenger, got out of the car and punched me four times in the face.

“He ran of the car so quickly – I was just completely shocked.

"The woman who was driving was shouting out of the window trying to get the man to stop.

“I still feel shaken up from it and anxious to even go out.”

Alan’s partner Rebecca, aged 33, described her shock when she saw him on his return to their home.

She said: “He was so distraught when he came home with blood everywhere.

“It was just that initial shock of seeing him and I immediately thought he got knocked over, but then to find he had been both knocked over and punched and attacked was awful.

“It’s hard to get your head around that someone could do this and it was awful to see particularly for our one-year-old daughter.”

He went to Furness General Hospital but will reportedly have to wait a week for the swelling on his nose to subside sufficiently so his injury can be treated.

Police are investigating the assault, and have said that the vehicle involved was a Vauxhall Meriva.

The attacker is described as a white male aged around 30 and of medium build, 6 feet in height and with black hair.

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.