September 2013

Was riding the Barrie Williams Challenge 2013 route when I came across a wide trail of cow shit across the road in a sharp corner a bit from Levedale on the Levedate road towards Bradley. I was actually speeding through the corner and got caught in the shit! Lost the rear wheel (they were Schwalbe Lugano tyres) and went head over heels off the bike! I don’t know how but I did knock my head on the ground at least once. I was a good distance from the bike when I looked around. Nice chap who I had passed just moments ago on a MTB helped me up and out of the shit.


This is why it’s vitally important to have a good helmet on when cycling! Also, have a mobile phone too. I was able to call a mate to pick me up. A very good mate too, as I was covered all over with cow shit! Three weeks off week that cost me! Another thing to have on long rides is a first aid kit. This is what I had in my saddle bag (another important item not to leave home without):

Masterplast Compact First Aid Kit

Masterplast Compact First Aid Kit

At only £1.30 plus free delivery you can’t argue with that!Only to be found on Amazon for that price: I have seen numerous first aid kits on the internet, from Wiggle, Evans Cycles and others both cyclist specific and general purpose that can fit in a saddle bag. None though at the great price. I was very happy I had it with me, as I was able to clean my wound (I had to, it was shit in the cuts!) and bandage it until I got home.

The knee had remained swollen for weeks. Limped around the first two weeks with a cane. Even now occasionally I am limping and still feel pain in the knee. I guess the second accident is the may cause of that. Yes there was a second accident about a month after Levedale.


This is the left side of my bum. Nasty large bruise that took a long while to heal. No time off work this time. Had to suck it up and get on with it. This injury was the result of my front wheel getting caught in the tram lines in Bilston. It taught me a very important lesson where tram lines are concerned. Cyclist make sure your heads are screwed on when riding over these things! I landed on my injured knee then the bum. Slid for a short distant hence the bruise. The tights was damage bad enough not to wear again which is surprising when you think about the bruise I got. It took me a while to get up and pull my bike out of the road. Traffic was almost non existent  as it was an early Sunday morning, but there was a tram approaching from ahead. He actually stopped and asked if I was okay which off course I said yes.

This injury proved the undoing of my recovery of the previous injury and I think I may be carrying this one to the grave. The knee is still weak, I suspect the ligaments took a bashing on both accidents hence the long road to recovery. I am back on the bike nonetheless but taking it easy and slowly. So far the longest distance ridden is 30 miles and that was just yesterday – 29th December 2013.