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Cyclist seriously injured during Etape Loch Ness

A cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with another rider during a major cycling event on roads along the shores of Loch Ness.

A record 5,200 riders entered their names for Sunday's 66-mile (106km) Etape Loch Ness.

The injured rider, a 54-year-old man, was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment following the collision on the A82.

Police Scotland said its inquiries into the crash were ongoing.

A police spokesman said: "We were informed of a collision between two cyclists on the A82 at around 08:35 yesterday.

"A 54-year-old man was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries. Inquiries to establish the circumstances are ongoing."

Event director Malcolm Sutherland said: "We are continuing to assist the police with their investigation into the incident."

The etape, organised by Caledonian Concepts, was first held in 2014.

More than 1,000 cyclists took part in the first-ever closed-road event around Loch Ness.

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