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Local man died at scene yesterday afternoon

A cyclist in Lincoln has died after a collision with a coach yesterday afternoon.

The local man, since named as local rugby coach Michael Beard, died at the scene after the crash which happened at the junction of the A15 Wragby Road and Ruskin Avenue.

The collision was reported to the police at 3:19pm. Police and ambulance attended the incident, but

Sergeant Jason Baxter, of Lincolnshire Police, said: "Tragically, the cyclist has lost his life as a result of the collision.

"He is a local man and his next of kin have been informed."

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the police on the 101 non-emergency number or on the Lincs Police Collision Witness Hotline via 01522 558855, quoting incident number 221 of 25th March.

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.