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What I Actually Wrote to Cycling Weekly

I can see how the confusion came about:

Hi Robert,

Couldn't resist the temptation to share one of my own 'hard'/daft cycling exploits after reading your great article in this weeks Cycling Weekly.

Last summer I was unlucky enough to be involved in a crash in a criterium at Mallory Park in Leicestershire that left me with a broken collar bone, along with a road rash on just about every corner and a Trek Madone 5.2 with a snapped top-tube.

I was soon to discover the the UK medical establishments response to this was to just wait and see even though I could feel that the two parts where never going to align sufficiently to heal. But hey what did I know.

My racing and triathlon seasons were over but I had enough time to be ready for the Autumn Epic if I healed in 6-8 weeks as the doctors kept telling me. 

As well as being one of the founders of Beeston Cycling Club (, formed in 2009, I'm also a member, and current Chair, of the Barbarian Cycling Club. 

We're a very exclusive band of gents who have a passion for the flair, style and courage of cycling. The Autumn Epic was THE event we were to ride together in 2009 so there was no way I was going to miss it.

Cut forward 8 weeks and a CT scan showed no evidence of healing and no indication it was going to, It also revealed that I had also broken a rib in the crash but I hadn't realised. Grrrrr. 

I was booked in for surgery, for the Monday morning after the Epic.

So I rode it.

It wasn't pretty. No hills defeated me but I only made Silver standard time. Couldn't get out of the saddle and the descents on the rough roads were pretty sketchy with not really being able to hold properly. 

This picture taken at the top of the Glascwm climb (22%) pretty much captures how I was feeling for most of the 90+ miles: http://

I got through far too many painkillers and in hindsight it probably wasn't clever. 

But hey, who ever said cycling was clever.

Hope this is what you're looking for 

Adam Bird