The man’s injuries are no longer considered life-threatening (MIG Events)
The organiser of the Exmoor Beauty Cycle Challenge has defended his firm’s response to an accident during Sunday’s event that left a rider with serious injuries.
The 61-year-old cyclist was on the steep descent of Dunkery
Hill, Minehead, when he lost control and slid under a silver car which was
travelling slowly in the opposite direction. He remained trapped under the vehicle
for some time.
The bumper had to be removed from the car in order to free
the injured man safely, at which point the driver left the scene. Avon and Somerset Police
said they were not called and as such the driver’s details were not taken at
the time. The driver has since come forward and is assisting them with
Event organiser Marcus Di-Vincenzo told BikeRadar that the
priority at the time of the accident was the welfare of the rider and as it
wasn’t a hit and run, it wasn’t on the minds of the medical crew or event
staff to take the registration number of the driver.
He said the private medical technician crew was on the scene
within 20 seconds thanks to an earlier risk assessment. The descent was
identified as one of two where riders needed to be extra vigilant and as such
had the crew stationed nearby.
Given where they were on the moor and the man’s injuries,
Di-Vincenzo said the crew realised immediately the need for assistance and Devon
Air Ambulance were called. The man was taken to Frenchhay
Hospital, Bristol and following surgery, his injuries
are no longer considered life-threatening.
He also criticised police for referring to the Exmoor Beauty
as a race in their first press release which he felt gave the wrong impression
about his event. He added that the rest of the event, which attracted over
600 riders, passed without further incident and that the thoughts of the
organisers are with the injured man.