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US bike maker Volagi Cycles suspends operation with co-founder in coma

Robert Choi was involved in a collision with a vehicle on post-work ride this week

US bike firm Volagi Cycles has suspended its operations after co-founder Robert Choi was left in a coma following a collision with a vehicle during an after-work ride on Wednesday.

The company said: “ He sustained what seemed to be only minor injuries, only to later collapse at the office where his wife Lucy disovered him unconscious. 

“He is currently in a coma at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah with a potential skull fracture.

It added: “Robert was also training to beat the world record for vertical mileage climbed in a 48-hour period and planned to try his record attempt this fall in California. It is incredibly difficult to see such a strong person in this condition.”

The company has also set up a Go Fund Me account to help meet Choi’s medical expenses.

In a post on its Facebook page, the company said: "At this time we need to focus on getting Robert back on his feet, and hopefully the bike, as soon as possible." 

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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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