AN Edinburgh cyclist has been tragically killed whilst riding this weekend's Tour of Britain route near Tweedsmuir.

David Stanners died after coming off his bike at Talla Reservoir on Saturday.

The 35-year-old was taking part in a Sportive event with Peebles Cycling Club when he hit a wall on the route linking the A708 at Cappercleuch to the A701 at Tweedsmuir.

Professional riders such as Mark Cavendish and world champion Thor Hushovd will ride past the scene of the accident this coming Sunday.

Mr Stanners suffered severe head injuries and died at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and a report is being prepared for the procurator fiscal.

Mr Stanners, who worked for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, was a longtime member of Edinburgh RC Cycling Club.

Club president Ken Whitson said: "It was such an innocuous accident. He simply misjudged a turn and overshot the corner, he then came off his bike and hit his head on the wall.

"Dave was a well liked and active member of the club. He was a regular leader of the Saturday development rides and also helped out in other club events.

"He will be missed by the many club riders he came in contact with on the Saturday morning rides. Our sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time." A memorial service will be held in St Mary's Star of the Sea Church, Edinburgh tomorrow (Saturday) followed by his funeral at Warriston Crematorium.

David's parents Duncan and Anne welcome his friends from the cycling world and are more than happy for any cyclists attending to wear cycling kit.

As a mark of respect the Lammermuirs RR scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed.