Witness appeal after cyclist dies in Atherstone

Sunday, 12th May 2019

WARWICKSHIRE Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist has died at the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands cycling event in Atherstone.

The incident happened on Coleshill Road at around 7.50am this morning (Sunday, 12 May).

A cyclist participating in the event was riding along Coleshill Road at around the 23 mile mark when they are understood to have come off their bike.

The section of road that the incident happened on is a rural location with a steep downhill section with tight left and right bends.

The cyclist – a man in his 50s – was taken to hospital for treatment but sadly later died. His next of kin has been informed and specialist officers are supporting the family.

Sergeant Shaun Bridle from Warwickshire Police said: “While investigations are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed it.

“We are particularly trying to identify any cyclists who may have seen anything or who may have GoPro camera footage from around the time of the incident to please get in touch.

“Our thoughts remain with the victim’s family at this difficult time.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 84 of 12 May.

At Tamworth informed, our thoughts are with the gentleman’s friends and family at this time – as well as with all those that attended the scene and tried their best to save him.

Vélo Birmingham & Midlands

Vélo Birmingham & Midlands (formerly Vélo Birmingham) is a 100-mile closed road route that involved 17,000 riders taking a journey through the West Midlands, including two major city centres and the route was lined by tens-of-thousands of spectators.

The event started in Birmingham City Centre, and the route took riders through the heart of the 2021 Capital of Culture – Coventry – where riders cycled on the cobbled roads surrounding Coventry Cathedral.

Along the route, riders travelled through Solihull, Warwickshire, Dudley and Sandwell.

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