A CYCLIST in his 20s died after losing control of his bike and falling off while descending a mountain pass in the Lake District on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, who was riding with a friend at Honister Pass on a dry and sunny day, suffered severe injuries.

Rescuers were called out at around noon.

A spokesman for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team said: “Two passing off-duty medics immediately provided assistance and in a short time Cumbria Police, mountain rescue and air ambulance teams arrived and tried to resuscitate the casualty.

“Sadly, and despite a sustained effort, nothing could be done to save him. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the man’s family and friends.”

The operation involved 14 members of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team.