Two arrested after Wolverhampton hit-and run death of 74-year old cyclist

Police appeal for witnesses to incident on Thursday afternoon

Two men have been arrested after a hit-and-run crash yesterday that left a 74-year-old bike rider dead on the A449 Stafford Road in Wolverhampton, according to a report from the Express and Star.

Police issued an alert to be on the look out for a black Seat with damage to the front, and last night recovered a black Seat Leon from a nearby garage.

Two men aged 30 and 33 were arrested and released on bail while investigations continue.

The crash victim, whose name has not yet been released, was confirmed dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics to help him.

Sgt Tim Rogers, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This was a tragic case where a man has lost his life and the driver of the vehicle involved failed to stop and contact police.

"I want to thank the public for the response to our appeal to trace the car yesterday and would continue to ask anyone who witnessed what happened or anyone with any information to come forward and call us."

Witnesses should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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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