An elderly pensioner is to face trial by jury, accused of causing the death of a mother-of-two during a charity cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Sally Preece was a week into the nine-day challenge when she was in collision with a car driven by 77-year-old Kenneth McClelland on the A85 at Glen Ogle, near Killin, Perthshire, last year.

The 49-year-old endurance athlete, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital with serious injuries, but died the next day.

Mrs Preece, who worked for Lloyds Bank, was raising money for the Alzheimer's Society and was taking part in the 969-mile Deloitte Ride Across Britain when the tragedy occurred on September 12, 2014.

At Stirling Sheriff Court last Thursday (October 22) it was alleged that McClelland, from Largs, Ayrshire, caused her death by careless driving.

It is alleged that he "failed to maintain proper observations" and overtook when it was not safe to do so.

According to the indictment, he caused his four-door Volvo saloon to "enter into the opposing carriageway and strike" Mrs Preece, whereby she sustained serious and fatal injuries.

It is said that the collision also caused extensive damage to Mrs Preece's bike, and McClelland's car.

McCelland has pleaded not guilty.

The court was told that McClelland's defence team had instructed a road traffic expert to look into the crash, but the expert's report was not yet available.

Sheriff William Gilchrist continued the case for trial in a sitting starting on December 7, at Stirling, after a preliminary hearing to make sure that all is ready, which will take place on November 19.