COLAC cyclist David Lunn says a broken collar bone and three broken ribs would not deter him from hopping back on his bike.
The 49-year-old was 150 metres from completing the Geelong Open when he suffered the worst crash of his 40-year cycling career.
Lunn crashed to the ground after colliding with a fellow rider, knocking him unconscious before paramedics ambulanced him to Geelong General Hospital where he spent the next four days.
“I didn’t really wake up until three hours after the crash and I was on drips and found out I had four broken bones and a badly bruised lung from landing on my head and shoulder,” Lunn said.
“I don’t have a great recollection of the crash but I was very fortunate I had an excellent helmet on – that was probably the saviour,” he said.
Lunn said the crash was the worst he had had during his years on a bike, but it was not the first time he had broken a bone.
The talented cyclist said last month’s injury would not call the end to his career.
“I’ve had a couple of accidents where I’ve broken bones – elbows and shoulders and a cracked pelvis, but this is the first time I’ve had a few broken bones at once.
“But I wouldn’t think this would stop me from getting back on the bike, you don’t have many crashes and when they’re bad you’ve just got to cop it on the chin.”
Lunn said recovery would take between eight and 12 weeks, while he rested and checked in with surgeons to determine whether he was healing properly.
“It’s probably the longest I’ve ever had anything hold me back,” he said.
“I’ll just have to be mindful how much I do before I’m fully recovered.”