No stopping Gosport crash victim from taking on Prudential RideLondon

Brian Hygate from Alverstoke. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141066-3463)
Brian Hygate from Alverstoke. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141066-3463)

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NOTHING can stop sporty Brian Hygate attempting a huge cycle ride.

The 76-year-old, of Village Road, Gosport, is taking on the Prudential RideLondon tomorrow.

He was knocked off his bike two years ago on the A27 and suffered a broken hip, pelvis and three broken vertebrae.

Brian had to learn how to walk and ride a bike again, having previously cycled for 60 years.

He said: ‘Hopefully I can keep riding now until I’m 100 and doing RideLondon with so many people will be a new experience.

‘I went through two years of rehab and taught myself to walk properly again and then got back on my bike much to my wife’s disgust!

‘I decided I needed an objective so I signed up for Prudential and have done 4,000 miles in training so far.

‘I’m doing it because I am not going to be beaten by someone running me down from behind.

‘I see it as if you fall off your horse you get back on it and it’s the same with a bike.’

Brian is raising cash for the air ambulance after the service rescued him following the crash in August 2012.

He added: ‘It costs them £2,500 every time they are called out and so far I have raised £3,000 so I have paid for my rescue.’

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