Tayside and Central Scotland

Etape Caledonia cycle race leaves two injured

Two cyclists were airlifted to hospital after a collision during a cycle race in Highland Perthshire.

The incident on the Tummel Bridge, near Schiehallion on the B846, happened during the Etape Caledonia.

The cyclists, both from Essex, were taken to Ninewells Hospital, one suffering a "significant internal injury".

Tayside Police appealed for witnesses to the crash, at 1040 BST, and a third cyclist involved to contact them.

The 81-mile (130-km) ride earlier faced an attempt to disrupt it by spreading tacks, drawing pins, screws and staples along the route.

The debris was discovered between Weem and Strathtay.

Etape Caledonia, which was disrupted in similar style in 2009, is the one of the only bike races in the UK where all the roads are closed to other traffic during the event.

Police said that this time the event was not disrupted but described the action as "reckless and completely irresponsible".

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