Man in his 40s is third cycling death in a week in Bath-Bristol area


A cyclist has died following a collision in Failand, a small village west of Bristol yesterday morning, November 19.

The cyclist, a man in his forties, was in collision with an oil tanker in Horse Race Lane at just after 10am.

He was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital after suffering serious injuries, but died this morning, November 20.

The road was closed for around four hours to allow for enquiries to take place at the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision, or anyone with information which could assist their inquiries, to come forward.

If you can help, please call the Collision Investigation Unit via 101.

This is the 13th cycling death in the UK so far this month, and the third in the Bath-Bristol area in the last week. On November 14, a 63-year-old man died of injuries sustained on Gloucester Road Bristol the previous day. No other vehicles are reported to have been involved.

On November 17, Jake Gilmore was killed in a suspected hit-and-run incident on Midland Bridge Road in Bath.

A 52-year-old man man from Bath has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after police found a VW Golf abandoned near Royal Victoria Park. The car had damage consistent with the collision and has been seized for forensic examination.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.