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Land's End to John O'Groats cyclist dies in Cumbria crash

Bad weather thought to be a factor in woman's death...

A  woman riding from Land's End to John O'Groats died at the weekend when she crashed in heavy rain on a road in Cumbria. The incident happened early on Saturday evening near Sedbergh in Cumbria when she failed to negotiate a bend on Thornton Lane – according to local news reports it is not thought that any other vehicles were involved.

The 40-year old woman was doing the ride as part of a group of cyclists. Despite the efforts of paramedics she was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries. Cumbrian Police are working to inform her relatives.

Since 2008 at least one cyclist a year has died riding the LEJOG route, this weekend's incident was unusual in that no other vehicle seems to have been involved and the road in question was not a fast A road. In terms of fatalities the roads of the South West and Midlands have been the most dangerous part of the Land's End to John O'Groats route in recent years.

2008 Graham Lees killed on the A38 near Taunton as he neared end of ride from John O'Groats to Lands End
2009 Simon Evans killed on A30 near Tedburn St Mary - driver claimed she was frightened by spider
2010 - Arthur Platt killed on A442 in Telford on ride to raise money for Help for Heroes

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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