A SELFISH cyclist who caused a horse to bolt injuring its rider and nearly causing an accident has been convicted and fined.

Iain Plumb, 32, was taking part in the Windsor Triathlon on June 17 when the incident happened.

PC Peter Dorling, who investigated the incident, said: "Plumb was competing in the event, when he attempted to undertake a horse and horse rider in Oakley Green Road, Dedworth.

"While attempting this manoeuvre, Plumb cycled into the horse, causing it to bolt, and thus putting other road users in danger.

“The horse rider, a 29-year-old woman, sustained bruising to her ankle, and thankfully the horse was not injured."

Plumb, who lives in Chaucer Road, Crowthorne, was found guilty of riding a cycle on a road without reasonable consideration for others after a trial at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Monday last week.

He was fined and ordered to pay costs amounting to £926.

PC Dorling said: “Plumb’s cycling fell well below what is expected for a cyclist and I am glad he has been convicted for his offence.

“I would like to thank the victim, who has been helpful in assisting with the investigation.”

Windsor Triathlon is the UK's most iconic triathlon and has been running for 28 years, starting at Alexandra Gardens and offering a multi-sport course including swimming, cycling, running and an open cycling route.

After last June's incident with the cyclist the organisers of the race Human Race Events apologised to the horse rider Jennifer Katherine, who said she would never have taken her horse out if she had known the event was happening.

They promised better advance signposting in the future to warn horse riders and drivers when the triathlon was due to happen.