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Cyclist was travelling 'at speed'

Jason MacIntyre
Mr MacIntyre was described as a professional cyclist at work

A champion cyclist was spotted travelling at "a remarkable speed" before a crash in which he was killed, a fatal accident inquiry has heard.

Road racer Jason MacIntyre died in January 2008 when his bike was in a collision with a council vehicle near his home in Fort William.

George Swan, 56, of Inverness, told the FAI that Mr MacIntyre was reaching 30mph when he saw him on the A82.

The court also heard the cyclist was wearing dark clothing at the time.

Pc George MacAskill, who helped in the road accident investigation, told the inquiry at Fort William Sheriff Court that Mr MacIntyre's clothing may have been a factor in the accident.

The 34-year-old was wearing black leggings, a grey jacket and a blue-and-white Scotland top when he was involved in the crash.

Surveyor Mr Swan, who drove past Mr MacIntyre on the road just minutes before the incident, said his clothing was "not good".

He told the FAI earlier: "He was travelling at a remarkable speed of 30mph and holding his own.

"He was on a specialist high speed bike remaining at a high speed pace. I got the feeling he was ready to drop down on the handlebars and get top speed and velocity."

Mr Swan added: "He was a professional cyclist going about his work."

The inquiry has adjourned for Sheriff Douglas Small to prepare his findings.



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