A 40-year-old man has died after crashing on a descent in Richmond Park, London, on Sunday morning.

The man lost control of his bike on a patch of gravel on the descent of Broomfield Hill, according to the London Evening Standard.

Oliver Prior, who witnessed the incident, said that the man fell and hit his head after his wheels slipped on the gravel. No other person or vehicle was involved in the incident, and the man was wearing a helmet.

“We were coming up the hill, and the man was coming down on the outside of the bend where the road has the most amount of gravel. His bike slipped from underneath him and he fell and hit his head,” Prior told the Evening Standard.

A passing doctor put the man into the recovery position. He was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital but later died.

  • markinsheen

    JP claims: the 20mph speed limit is there “It’s there for the safety of all”.

    Whatever it is meant to do , it isn’t achieving it. Apparently, this man died
    doing 15mph – 5mph LESS than the speed limit which makes a mockery of
    JP’s claims,

    I argue he died because he was going TOO SLOW which meant the vertical speed of his head was much greater relative to horizontal speed than it would have been had he been going faster. Had he been going faster, nearer the middle of the road he might not have hit the gravel, and if he did slip he would
    have slid which is far safer than a near vertical fall. More bones are
    broken at slower speeds that don’t involve hitting an object than at
    higher speeds.

    He died either because he was too afraid to go faster or
    he was obsessed with keeping to the speed limit. Descending any hill
    with a bend with your brakes on risks disaster. As soon as you lose
    traction you lock up faster than you can react.

    As for the speed limit of 20mph, if anyone believes that forcing cyclists and cars into conflict by making them drive for miles at the same speed is a good idea no wonder we have issues. Car drivers simply don’t have the patience to hold back, but at 20mph they overtake too slowly, cut into too
    soon, follow each past without having room to pull in.

    It can’t be to protect the deer from cyclists because there were no speed
    restrictions on cyclists during the London Duathlon last weekend.

  • markinsheen

    This is a tragedy, but not an accident. The roads and tracks of Richmond Park are not looked after as they should be. Instead the Park authorities are fixated on putting cyclists off, installing speed bumps with the police doing nothing to clamp down on drivers overtaking too slowly, too close and cutting in – all because of an obsession with a 20mph speed limit. The Park needs to clean up its act – literally or more will be killed and injured.

    • John canrideabike

      What are you on about.why on earth should they clear gravel away and what u have speed bumps got to.with it.sounds more like he was going too fast for his skills.a common occurrence lately with the new cyclists who would benefit from joining proper clubs

      • Andrew John

        Anyone who has ever been ridden a bike in Richmond park or any city/ park with cars will notice is how dangerous slow overtaking is. Although no car was involved this time, it is still the biggest hazard to cyclists. This is a tragedy and a road sweep of the park should be done at least every week. I agree, speed could have been a big factor on this occurrence, no bigger than the factor of the gravel however.

      • markinsheen

        Why do you think? You sound like the current breed of cycling-snob. They should clear gravel away on the roads because it is a hazard. The Park roads are not the Paris-Roubaix. According to witnesses this chap was not riding too fast. As for joining ‘proper clubs’ since I started training in Richmond Park 20 years ago I have seen the rise of clubs, many of which are full of testosterone fuelled amateurs with no road sense. I was relieved to get back to racing in Europe. Many these ‘thugs’ have day jobs as bullying City managers (I know) who think they can continue to bully their way on the roads of London and the South-East. Now, getting back to gravel on the roads – it is a hazard along with potholes, branches and dead animals. It is not a ‘feature’. If you want features ride on the off-road trails. Even they though are poorly maintained and are a unfit for use in parts. Remember too the Park is for general use, not a rich-boys playground. it should be safe for all.

        • JP

          Can’t understand the point your are making about speed restrictions in the park. It’s there for the safety of all – not as something to irritate you treating the park as a velodrome. Sounds like you would be better off back “racing” on the continent

          • markinsheen

            Whatever it is meant to do , it isn’t achieving it. This man died doing 15mph – 5mph LESS than the speed limit which makes a mockery of your claims, “It’s there for the safety of all”

            I argue he died because he was going TOO SLOW which meant the vertical speed of his head was much greater relative to horizontal speed than it would have been had he been going faster. Had he been going faster, nearer the middle of the road he might not have hit the gravel, and if he did slip he would have slid which is far safer than a near vertical fall. More bones are broken at slower speeds that don’t involve hitting an object than at higher speeds. He died either becasue he was too afraid to go fasgter or he was obsessed with keeping to the speed limit. Descending any hill with a bend with your brakes on risks disaster. As soon as you lose traction you lock up faster than you can react.

            As for the speed limit of 20mph, if you believe that forcing cyclists and cars into conflict by making them drive for miles at the same speed is a good idea no wonder we have issues. Car drivers overtake too slowly, cut into too soon, follow each past without having room to pull in.

            It can’t be to protect the deer from cyclists because there were no speed restrictions on cyclists during the London Duathlon last weekend.