Thursday, 14 December 2017

Cyclist hurt on Challenge route

A CYCLIST from RAF Benson was airlifted to hospital after he lost control of his machine while riding down Howe

A CYCLIST from RAF Benson was airlifted to hospital after he lost control of his machine while riding down Howe Hill in Watlington.

He sustained multiple injuries in the accident, which happened on Sunday morning.

He was flown to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and discharged on Tuesday.

Peter Richardson, who lives at the top of the Hill, said the cyclist lost control about 100 yards from the bottom.

He says he has noticed a large increase in cyclists on the hill since it was announced it would be part of the route for this year’s Challenge Henley triathlon, which takes place next month. Organisers Just Racing agreed to divert the cycle section to avoid using the Stonor Valley following the death of Denisa Perinova, a 21-year-old cyclist who was involved in a fatal accident last July.

Mr Richardson said: “It’s now a regular thing on long summer evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays.

“I’m not bothered by it at all as long as people are careful.

“The worry is if a cyclist loses control and then falls into the path of a vehicle it would be a bit like what happened at Stonor.”

He is considering putting up his own signs during the triathlon to warn competitiors to take care.

A 40mph speed limit was introduced on Howe Hill earlier this year following a campaign by Mr Richardson.

It followed claims by residents that the former 60mph speed limit was not safe, especially as some drivers exceeded the limit.

Signs stating the new limit have been erected by Oxfordshire County Council and Mr Richardson hopes round roundels will also be added.

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