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Cyclist dies as three Raleigh Chopper riders crash in Lancashire

Witnesses sought to incident in Colne on Thursday evening

A 50-year-old man has died after a crash involving three Raleigh Chopper riders on a road in Lancashire on Thursday evening.

According to police, three cyclists were riding as part of a larger group of Raleigh Chopper enthusiasts on Hill Lane, Colne when one of them, a 19-year-old woman, fell from her bike.

They say that two men riding behind her then collided with each other in the incident, which happened shortly before 10pm.

The man who died was taken initially to the Royal Blackburn Hospital before being transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital, where he died on Friday from head injuries.

The woman who crashed sustained bruising to her leg, while the other cyclist, a man aged 40, was uninjured.

In an initial statement issued prior to the man's death, a spokeswoman for Lancashire Constabulary said: "We were called to an incident in Hill Lane, Colne at 9.55pm on May 12.

"It appears that a group of three Raleigh chopper enthusiasts have been riding their bicycles downhill when one appears to have fallen off. "

The Pendle Raleigh Chopper group says on its website that it meets each Thursday for a group ride starting at 7pm in Foulridge, around a mile from where Thursday's incident happened, stopping at pubs for refreshments.

Police have since issued an appeal for witnesses, with Sergeant David Hurst saying: "These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with this man and his family.

"We are appealing for information and would ask anyone who can help to come forward and contact police.

 "If you were in the Hill Lane area and witnessed the incident please contact us."

Anyone who has information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1637 of May 12.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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