Cyclist in his 50s has died after coming off his bike whilst taking part in yesterday’s 100-mile Velo.

Police have said the man in his 50s came off his Bike in Warwickshire at around about 7.50am at the 23-mile mark.

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

The cyclist was airlifted to hospital for treatment but later died. His next of kin has been informed and specialist officers are supporting the family.

It is not yet known where the man was from.

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.”

Organisers of the Velo posted on social media saying they were working with the police to establish exactly what happened.

They said: “Congratulations to everyone who participated in Vélo Birmingham & Midlands 2019 – we hope you had an amazing time riding on closed roads around the Midlands.

“We’ve been humbled by all the positive feedback we have received from you so far, but unfortunately it’s been a day of mixed emotions for us.

“We are saddened to report that a rider taking part in the event has passed away after being airlifted to hospital this morning.

“We are currently working closely with Warwickshire Police and authorities to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this incredibly sad development.

“The rider’s family have been informed and all our thoughts are with them 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 May 12.

About 17,000 cyclists took to the streets of the West Midlands for the 100-mile Velo bike ride.


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