TRIBUTES have been paid to a Dunfermline man who died from serious injuries suffered while taking part in a cycling event on Sunday.

Dad-of-two Jason Brand, 49, who is originally from Edinburgh, died after coming off his bike during the Tour O' The Borders closed road sportive, which takes riders from Peebles on a route of up to 74 miles.

Emergency services were called to a road near Megget Reservoir at around 9.40am following the incident.

Police Scotland confirmed that no-one else was involved and that Mr Brand, who served as secretary for Duloch Juniors Football Club, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement released through the police, his family paid an emotional tribute, which read: "We are absolutely devastated at the loss of our beloved Jason; husband, son, brother, uncle and father-of-two.

"He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We would like to ask for privacy to grieve at this difficult time."

In a post on their Facebook page on Monday evening, Duloch Juniors said: "Duloch Juniors FC would like to pay tribute to Jason Brand, club secretary, who sadly died yesterday in a cycling accident.

"Jason was a keen and experienced cyclist who was participating in the Tour O' The Borders event at the time of the tragedy.

"Jason dedicated approximately six years to Duloch Juniors, through coaching in the earlier years and undertaking the role of club secretary. He latterly assisted our partnership club Oakley United through the youth set-up.

"A football enthusiast, Jason followed his beloved Heart of Midlothian, and regularly attended games and provided a lot of support and guidance to other volunteers involved with Duloch Juniors FC.

"Jason leaves behind his wife, Angela, daughter, Aimee, and son, Tommy, who has played with Duloch Juniors FC for in excess of seven years. Tommy continues to play with Oakley United under-17s."

The event's organisers also took to social media to pay tribute, stating: "It is with the deepest regret that we announce the death of a participant at Tour O' The Borders closed road cycling sportive (Sunday 1st September 2019).

"Next of kin have been informed. No further information is available at this point but we expect Police Scotland to issue a statement in due course.

"We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the rider at this tragic time."

An investigation by Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed what happened or who has information which may be relevant and has not yet contacted police is urged to call 101 and quote incident number 1168 of 1st September 2019.