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Serious accident overshadows opening of Suffolk cycling club's new clubhouse

Touching of wheels results in three riders being hospitalised, one with serious head injuries

The opening of a cycling club’s new clubhouse was overshadowed yesterday when three of its riders were injured, one seriously, on a commemorative ride to celebrate the event.

Two dozen members of West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club, which traces its origins back to 1922, had been marking the club’s move to its new clubhouse in Bury St Edmunds.

However, three of the riders were brought down in a collision as the group of riders passed through the village of Little Saxham shortly before noon. With one of the cyclists suffering serious head injuries, emergency services, including the air ambulance, were summoned to the scene.

The club’s membership secretary, Peter Heath, told the East Anglian Daily Times that club members were “shocked” by the incident.

“We had two celebratory rides organised because of the launch of our headquarters,” he explained. “On one of the rides there was a touching of wheels and it brought people down off their bikes. It was all an unfortunate accident and everyone is in shock about it, especially as it had been such a great morning opening the headquarters.”

An air ambulance service spokesperson confirmed that a 23-year-old had been airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, suffering from a serious head injury. His condition has subsequently been described as “serious but stable.”

The other two riders involved in the crash suffered minor injuries and were treated at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Mr Heath applauded the role that club members had played in assisting emergency personnel, saying: “Everyone that was there pitched in and helped as much as they could. Some helped to direct traffic and others helped with those injured.

“One of our cyclists is a paramedic so it was great that he was able to assess those injured and prioritise who needed the urgent treatment.

“It is a great shock for us all. We don’t know the condition of the three men in hospital,” he added.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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OneManAndHisBike | 13 years ago

Unofficial update on this by the way.

One of the riders (Peter) is still in Addenbrooks, he was in a coma for a long time but is now out of the coma and up and about though still has a long and hard road ahead to recovery. The full extent of his injuries are still not known due to serious head trauma, however he is young and fit and has a deep flame inside that burns strong and is a driven young lad with a strong will.

The other riders had some broken bones and good cuts and bruises and made fast recoveries.

A big than you to the East Anglia Air Ambulance for the amazing service they provide, I am sure they helped save the riders life or reduce the injuries due to the quick response and a big thanks to all the people who have shown support or helped out during and after the accident.

More details about the story can be read via the Wheelers own news article here:-

I'm an ex-Wheeler and a friend of Peters to clarify.

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