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Cyclist injured after bikes collide at Velothon Wales sportive

Rider reportedly lying motionless on the ground in the hour it took for the private ambulance to arrive

Two cyclists have collided at the Velothon Wales sportive in Cardiff yesterday, leaving one rider unconscious.

One cyclist was left “lying motionless” on the road for an hour after the crash, attended to by a paramedic until an ambulance arrived, according to Wales Online.

A spectator reported hearing a loud bang, which could have been a tyre exploding, as the riders collided.

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The extent of the man’s injuries are not known, but he according to reports did not move before being placed on a stretcher and carried to the private ambulance that arrived on the scene.

The collision occurred on a mini roundabout in Llanishen.

In a separate incident riders were forced to stop at Nant y Derry and Llenellen in Monmouthshire after a car drove onto the course.

Around 12,000 people are reported to have taken part in this year's sportive, which took place on 140km of closed roads. The route started and finished in Cardiff, entering the Brecon Beacons National Park and taking on the Tumble Climb, a highlight of Stage 3 of this year's Tour of Britain, and Caerphilly Mountain. The 50km route was cancelled due to a lack of demand and to reduce the impact of the road closures, according to organisers.  

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balmybaldwin | 7 years ago
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How on earth does an event of this size not have an ambulance on standby that can get to an immobile rider for an hour??? That is scandulous and totally inexcusable. Couldn't get there? what about a chopper?

I sincerely hope the delay has not reduced this poor chap's chances of a full recovery

Secondly why was it a private ambulance?

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Initialised replied to balmybaldwin | 7 years ago
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balmybaldwin wrote:

How on earth does an event of this size not have an ambulance on standby that can get to an immobile rider for an hour??? That is scandulous and totally inexcusable. Couldn't get there? what about a chopper?

I sincerely hope the delay has not reduced this poor chap's chances of a full recovery

Secondly why was it a private ambulance?

Because the tories rigged the election.

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107rpm replied to balmybaldwin | 7 years ago
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balmybaldwin wrote:

How on earth does an event of this size not have an ambulance on standby that can get to an immobile rider for an hour??? That is scandulous and totally inexcusable. Couldn't get there? what about a chopper? I sincerely hope the delay has not reduced this poor chap's chances of a full recovery Secondly why was it a private ambulance?

It was a private ambulance because there was a private firm supplying cover to the event so that the local ambulance trusts weren't overly put out by it.

As for NHS vs private ambulance delays, I was critically injured after being hit by a car a couple of years ago, and it took an hour and a half to get me an ambulance - despite the nearest A&E being 1.6 miles away, so an hour, depending on the circumstances and severity of the collision, is potentially still better than the NHS...

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zanf | 7 years ago
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The accident with the speed bumps in Caerleon is an exact repeat of what happened last year. 

The incident with the car on the road was just infront of me as they stopped people riding for about 15 minutes. I heard later that it was guys carrying out a burgulary trying to escape

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bendertherobot replied to zanf | 7 years ago
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zanf wrote:

The accident with the speed bumps in Caerleon is an exact repeat of what happened last year. 

The incident with the car on the road was just infront of me as they stopped people riding for about 15 minutes. I heard later that it was guys carrying out a burgulary trying to escape

Yeah, police twitter feed is a bit vague but multiple offences suggests to me offences in addition to driving on a closed road (dangerously). If it was a burglary they picked a bit of a bad time to do it!

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Zermattjohn | 8 years ago
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Sad though it is to hear of these incidents, it's probably to be expected isn't it? If you get 12,000 people doing any event you're going to have a number of people falling ill, falling off and falling over. Just like your average Saturday night.

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Dicklexic | 8 years ago
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Saw the aftermath of a couple of nasty looking crashes yesterday. One guy was not good after apparently falling on a speed bump in Caerleon, and another chap appeared to have had a fairly high speed tumble on a featureless stretch of dual carriageway heading down towards Caerphilly. I hope those involved in these and any other incidents are not seriously hurt and recovering well.

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adrianmw | 8 years ago
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This wasn't the only serious accident, although it's the only one that the media appears to have picked up on; there was another around the Lamby Way area a few miles into the ride that had paramedics in attendance.

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bendertherobot replied to adrianmw | 8 years ago
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adrianmw wrote:

This wasn't the only serious accident, although it's the only one that the media appears to have picked up on; there was another around the Lamby Way area a few miles into the ride that had paramedics in attendance.

Think that was a chap having a fit. Marshalls stepped in and helped out. Ambulance called. There were a few other spills though mercifully few. Thought the overall standard, given how few race, was very good.

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bendertherobot | 8 years ago
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The car "driven onto the course" was a blue peugeot. It's hard to know whether it was deliberate or not but once it was on it's actions were dangerous. I understand there was an arrest of both the driver and passenger. Came up behind our group. A bit disconcerting but there we are. 

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107rpm replied to bendertherobot | 7 years ago
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bendertherobot wrote:

The car "driven onto the course" was a blue peugeot. It's hard to know whether it was deliberate or not but once it was on it's actions were dangerous. I understand there was an arrest of both the driver and passenger. Came up behind our group. A bit disconcerting but there we are. 

Don't think it was deliberate. Apparently the car had been nicked, by a presumably stupid local lightfinger who didn't think through the details of trying  to steal a vehicle on a day there were road closures and cops everywhere.

Mind you possibly better that than them attempting to nick some (probably more valuable) bikes.

Edit - apologies Zanf - hadn't seen your post at the time. Wonder whether they were on their way from a burglary, in a stolen car, or both...

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