Malmesbury teenager Ollie Pike suffers extensive injuries after hitting a pothole during Cirencester charity bike race

15-year-old Ollie suffered extensive injuries after crashing his bike into a Cirencester pothole

The teenager's injuries after the crash

Ollie and the pothole he hit during the cycle ride

The 15-year-old is slowly recovering and can't wait to start cycling again

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A TEENAGE cyclist suffered horror injuries when he was thrown from his bike during a charity race after hitting a pothole.

Ollie Pike, 15, swerved to miss a large crater in the road but steered into another pothole, catapulting him over the handlebars.

He suffered a broken collar bone, a possible fractured cheek bone and deep cuts to his face and head and was rushed to hospital amid fears he had a serious back injury.

After 12 hours of tests, scans and X-rays, Ollie was discharged with his collarbone in a sling and six stitches to his face.

Mum Louise, 44, said: “It was absolutely terrifying to get a phone call from Ollie’s friends to say he had fallen and paramedics were on the way.

“Your mind goes into overdrive and you start thinking of every possible scenario.

“When your child hits their head like that it is pretty scary.

“Luckily we weren’t that far away so we were able to rush to where he was, and his friends were keeping me updated the entire time.”

The teenager said he could not remember much about the bike crash but recalls being surrounded by people shouting for an ambulance.

“I was going down this hill that I’ve cycled up hundreds of times before so I know where all the holes are,” he said.

“I moved out the way for a hole and I landed straight in another one.

“I remember feeling myself hit the hole and then I don’t really remember a lot else.

“I remember only being able to see out of one eye and people coming towards me shouting for an ambulance and I saw my blood running down the hill.

Ollie, from Chedglow near Malmesbury, was taking part in a Cirencester Ride 24/7 Bike Club sponsored event on March 9 when the accident happened.

He hit the pothole which was 15 inches long and seven inches wide, while cycling on Dowers’ Lane in Daglingworth.

The keen cyclist, who rides at least 70 miles a week and was wearing a helmet, was immediately surrounded by friends following his fall, and onlookers provided blankets and pillows to keep him warm.

“Thankfully there was a mountain rescue cyclist behind him, and a fireman a little further back so they immediately knew what to do and attended to him before the paramedics arrived.”

Mum Louise said: “Luckily Ollie was on a sponsored ride and there were no cars on the road, it doesn’t bear thinking about if there had been.

“My husband and I had been chatting just days before about a cyclist who died after being flung off his bike by a pothole, it is really worrying.

“Ollie was so mature about the whole thing, he didn’t complain once, and apparently the first thing he asked when someone rushed to him was ‘how’s my bike?’”

The teenager was rushed to Gloucester Royal Hospital’s paediatric unit where doctors treated his injuries and stitched up a deep wound on his right eyebrow.

Ollie, who is in the middle of his mock GCSEs, was off school for a week. It is expected his right arm will be in a sling for another four weeks until his collar bone fully heals.

“I wouldn’t have thought a pothole could cause so much damage,” Louise added.

“He was very brave but it has affected him a lot, he gets very tired now and I think that is all part of the trauma affecting him.

“I don’t think it will stop him getting back on his bike though.”

Ollie’s family are now pursuing compensation from Gloucestershire County Council.

A spokesman for the council said: “We aren’t able to comment on individual cases, however we do respond to reported potholes and scheduled inspections of our roads.”

Ollie was given a week off school to recover from his injuries before he went back to sit his GCSE mock exams. He said the crash is all still a bit hazy to him.

“I wasn’t really in a lot of pain until I got into hospital and the adrenaline had gone,” he said.

“Doctors told me I broke my collar bone, have a possible fractured cheek bone and a lot of cuts and bruises everywhere.”

“I want to get back on my bike as soon as I can though,” he added.

“I really enjoy it, I love everything about it. I’ve been riding since I was about five, I just love it.”

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10:08am Wed 26 Mar 14

bobirving says...

Gloucs County Council have give up trying to maintain the back roads because the Tory / Lib-Dem coalition have kept them so short of money, so it would probably be better to give up on this sort of cycle race.
Gloucs County Council have give up trying to maintain the back roads because the Tory / Lib-Dem coalition have kept them so short of money, so it would probably be better to give up on this sort of cycle race. bobirving
  • Score: -5

10:23am Wed 26 Mar 14

Fred Fred1 says...

I feel sorry for this lad as I too was on this bike race and saw the immediate aftermath of his crash and I hope he recovers quickly. There are potholes on roads throughout the county and you need to drive or cycle with the expectation of coming across some. This is a steep hill with blind bends and a poor surface and knowing this the event organisiners had posted a warning sign at the top of the hill saying "CAUTION". We were also briefed before the dparture not to ignore any caution signs. Given all that - it may have been that to get thrown 30 feet (Daily Mail report) he was travelling way too fast for this road.
I feel sorry for this lad as I too was on this bike race and saw the immediate aftermath of his crash and I hope he recovers quickly. There are potholes on roads throughout the county and you need to drive or cycle with the expectation of coming across some. This is a steep hill with blind bends and a poor surface and knowing this the event organisiners had posted a warning sign at the top of the hill saying "CAUTION". We were also briefed before the dparture not to ignore any caution signs. Given all that - it may have been that to get thrown 30 feet (Daily Mail report) he was travelling way too fast for this road. Fred Fred1
  • Score: 1

11:36am Wed 26 Mar 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Gloucestershire County Council (minority Tory rule) recently admitted they needed £86 million to get our roads into a fit state.

A decade of neglect is really now showing.

Rather than chase the crazy Incinerator pet project (£500 million) they should re-prioritise.
Gloucestershire County Council (minority Tory rule) recently admitted they needed £86 million to get our roads into a fit state. A decade of neglect is really now showing. Rather than chase the crazy Incinerator pet project (£500 million) they should re-prioritise. Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 9

3:38pm Wed 26 Mar 14

JT Ripper says...

A hill that he has cycled "hundreds of times before"?
He knew where all the potholes were?
Would have been a good idea then to phone up Highways and tell them.
Is racing allowed on unclosed public roads? If so, the organisers appear to have been foolish in sending a race down such a narrow little track.
Probably best to cycle to the conditions, particularly if the holes were known about- be responsible for ones own actions rather than blame some one else. You cannot expect a council road mender to pop out of every hedge to fix your pothole the very moment it turns up.
A hill that he has cycled "hundreds of times before"? He knew where all the potholes were? Would have been a good idea then to phone up Highways and tell them. Is racing allowed on unclosed public roads? If so, the organisers appear to have been foolish in sending a race down such a narrow little track. Probably best to cycle to the conditions, particularly if the holes were known about- be responsible for ones own actions rather than blame some one else. You cannot expect a council road mender to pop out of every hedge to fix your pothole the very moment it turns up. JT Ripper
  • Score: -5

9:14am Fri 28 Mar 14

cirencabbie says...

Agree with Olly Cromwell - we have third world roads now. This lad was lucky. Sadly it will probably take a mounting death toll on our roads before GCC move into action. They treat potholes as zero - cost organic traffic calming devices.
Agree with Olly Cromwell - we have third world roads now. This lad was lucky. Sadly it will probably take a mounting death toll on our roads before GCC move into action. They treat potholes as zero - cost organic traffic calming devices. cirencabbie
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Iansky says...

I hope he makes a full recovery and it could have been far worse with severe consequences for the Highways Agency who could be liable.

Lets hope they actually spend the government money on fixing the potholes !
I hope he makes a full recovery and it could have been far worse with severe consequences for the Highways Agency who could be liable. Lets hope they actually spend the government money on fixing the potholes ! Iansky
  • Score: 1

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