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Donations sought for framebuilder Rob English, seriously injured in crash

US-based Briton still in hospital after hitting tree on descent during race

An appeal for donations has been made to raise money for award-winning framebuilder Rob English, originally from the UK but now based in the US, who suffered multiple injuries in a crash while racing in Oregon last weekend.

English, winner of best in show at the 2013 North American Handbuilt Bike Show, was riding in the Tour of Aufderheide when his bike left he road on a fast descent and he hit a tree.

His injuries include multiple broken bones and he remains in hospital, with doctors saying that his recovery is going to take a long time, which will also prevent him from working.

To lessen the financial impact, money is being raised for English and his family through the website Give Forward, with almost $8,000 donated so far.

On this side of the Atlantic, Talbot Cycles are auctioning one of their Dalsnibba or Trollstigen (the disc braked version) race frames made from a mixture of Columbus MAX, Spirit MEGA, Zona, swaged 853 and Paragon Machineworks. Neil from Talbot told us: "He (and his bikes) are a significant inspiration for the bikes that we (as Talbot) make, and he’s always been really helpful whenever we’ve had a technical question."

The frame is being auctioned on ebay - current highest bid is £1,000. If you'd like to bid you can do so here.

An engineering graduate from the University of Cambridge and top-ten finisher in the British national time trial championships, Rob now lives with his wife in Eugene, Oregon and founded his business English Cycles in 2009, going full-time last year.

You can donate here.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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