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Challenge that nearly killed Olympian comes to the small screen

You'll probably remember that back in July of last year that James Cracknell was attempting his own Race Across America that took in running, canoeing and, of course, cycling. James had some top end Merida bikes – a Scultura Evo and a Time Warp – for the cycling legs, and it was while he was riding the former that he was hit from behind by a truck, suffering serious head injuries.

It later became clear that the injuries were life-threatening: Cracknell was on life support and his wife told how she feared that he would never recover. Cracknell defied all expectations though and made an exceptional recovery: he was up and walking around the ward after just two weeks.

Cracknell was filming for the Discovery Channel as part of the challenge and the resulting documentary – which obviously took a very different direction in the end – is showing tomorrow night (Thursday 31 March) at 9pm on Discovery and Discovery HD. You may or may not be able to get that on your telly at home, depending on who gets your tv dollar, but you certainly can watch the trailer here, and it won't cost you a bean. Looks like an interesting watch...

There's more clips of the show on the Discovery Channel website

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.