Man charged after cyclist-on-cyclist ‘bike rage’ attack

Deaf 70-year-old suffered broken cheekbone after attack

A man has been charged after a 70-year-old cyclist was attacked by another rider in Dundee earlier this month.

The victim, a retired artist who is profoundly deaf, suffered a double fracture of his cheekbone after being attacked on a cycle path by a man who had followed him from the city centre on Monday September 3.

Police Scotland said the attacker "seemed to take umbrage” at the victim outside Nandos on Nethergate. He then followed the older man to the cycle path behind Sensation Science Centre.

The pensioner stopped when he realised the other rider was following him and the man swore at him, attacked him and knocked him off his bike.

The victim made his way home where his wife called an ambulance. He was treated at Ninewells Hospital.

“He’s terribly upset about it,” his wife told the Courier newspaper shortly after the incident. “He’s in an awful state and he’s pretty shocked by what happened. I only knew something was wrong when he collapsed at the front door of the house.”

Police Scotland said a 48-year-old man has been charged in connection with the attack and is due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court today.

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 Along with editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for 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 before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined 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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