as most of you are aware, there was an accident on the public holiday ride today. i wasn’t on the ride but from what i have heard, it seems that there was a tyre blow out during the final sprint past the brewery. quite a few riders went down, but nicole was the worst hit and had to wait for an ambulance to come and pick her up. from what i understand, there was some dental and facial damage and so she was taken to charlie gardiners to be treated.
thankfully, there is no spinal damage to be reported and the wrists, though swollen and sore, don’t appear to be broken. she was seeing a specialist this afternoon and is expected to be in for 24 hours at a minimum. as usual, there was a bit of bike damage and her helmet protected her well by taking quite a blow.
from the numerous phone calls i received throughout the day it is clear that the group rallied together well and swiftly went into action. this involved everything from closing the road and calling an ambulance to getting the broken bikes and riders home afterwards. special thanks must be made to josh who calmly took control of the situation and andrew who was first to treat nicole. not actually being there, i didn’t get to see who else was there to give assistance but you know who you are and i am sure those involved in the accident appreciated your help.
this is the first time in the 5+ years that i have been riding with the group that we have actually had to call an ambulance. i hope it is the last. however, the way that the group reacts to a situation like this shows how much support we have within the club. i would like to thank everyone for doing what they could.
to help out as much as we can, we are going to do a “whip around” to at least get nicole a new helmet. we will be passing the hat around at the coffeeshop this saturday, but if you want to do it a little more anonymously you can netbank some dollars across to our club bank account.
- bsb – 036011
- acc – 419688
- make sure you put “nicole donation” in the reference box so we know what it is for.
thanks again to everyone that rendered assistance today and i wish nicole and the others a speedy recovery.
peter – president south perth cycle club.
UPDATE – add any well wishes for nicole to the comments section. also, if you were involved in the accident and wish to thank someone that helped you, add to the comments.
nicole had surgery last night and is recovering in sir charles gardiner hospital. at this time she is not taking visitors as she is still very bruised and battered. i will post any further updates to the comments below.