Trek-Segafredo sports director Steven de Jongh, who was reported missing by his wife when he went missing during a bike ride near Girona last week, has thanked his followers on social media for the support they gave as a search operation was mounted to find him.
Renee Meijer appealed on Twitter last Monday after her husband’s Strava stopped updating around 63 kilometres into his ride.
He was found unconscious in a ravine by a helicopter crew, with details of his bike ride on the social network helping to narrow down the search area.
The 44-year-old was taken to hospital, where it was discovered that he had sustained a severe concussion but thankfully no other injuries.
In a post on Instagram yesterday afternoon, de Jongh said: “One week ago around this time family and friends were very happy with the news I was found.”
Thanking his wife for her prompt appeal for help, as well as friends and Catalonia’s police and fire services, he continued: “I was found before the bad weather started ... thanks also Strava for pointing them in the right direction. And Twitter where the cycling community retweeted the message of my disappearance massively!”
De Jongh also expressed thanks to his Trek-Segafredo team and in an update on his condition, added: “My health is going the right direction but I know it will take time to come back. But I will be back.”
One week ago around this time family and friends were very happy with the news I was found. Thanks to my great wife @meijerrenee0202 who responded so quickly and help of @mossoscatalunya @bomberscat #janverhagen #paco @robertgesink @bikes_and_frank @paultjejorna I was found before the bad weather started... thanks also @strava for pointing them in the right direction. And @twitter Where the cycling community retweeted the message of my disappearance massively! @treksegafredo for your help. and everybody who left a message , THANK YOU SO MUCH. My health is going the right direction but I know it will take time to comeback. But I will be back Steven
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.