An event to mark a new partnership between financial trading firm IG Markets and Sky Pro Cycling had to be curtailed today after a participant in a static bike race suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.
Today’s IG Markets Square Mile Challenge event at Broadgate Circle, near Liverpool Street Station in the City of London was supposed to have been an opportunity for the two parties to promote and celebrate the new sponsorship deal by allowing members of the public to pit themselves against some of the Team Sky stars on static bikes.
City workers and other amateurs had signed up to ride against Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas and Ben Swift, but at around 1.00pm one of several riders involved in a virtual race with Wiggins slumped off his machine.
Road.cc’s own Mat Brett was due to participate in the event and had just arrived when the incident occurred.
“At first it didn’t seem like it was anything more serious than a guy passing out from going at it too hard. Everyone assumed he'd just bonked or fainted - lack of breakfast, type of thing. This was at 1pm.
They called for the paramedic immediately, and then once the race was over it started becoming obvious that something wasn't right and they cleared the place right away.
Bike paramedic showed up first, then an ambulance. They screened the area, took in CPR equipment. After about an hour of people milling about, they took the guy off and started dismantling the equipment. There was obviously going to be no more racing today.” Mat told us.
Bradley Wiggins later tweeted that he understood that the rider was talking again "so good news".
The London Ambulance Service confirmed to road.cc that they were called to the scene to attend to a 40-year-old male who had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. The man was subsequently transported to the Royal London Hospital.
We will bring you further news of his condition as soon as we have it.