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Reader’s story: Back in the saddle and riding for a cause

4 September, 2013

Megs cycleReader and Bicycle Network member, Megan, tells how, after being being involved in a bad accident, she found a reason to get back to riding.

The month of October is as good a time as any to shed light on two things: cancer and safe cycling.

I was hit by a car in 2011 while on my way to work. I was waiting to turn right in a busy intersection—I had my lights on, I was wearing reflective clothing and I had my arm indicating that I would be turning as soon as the oncoming traffic dissipated. I was doing all the right things, but it only took five seconds for someone else to make a mistake that will affect me for the rest of my life. I heard a screech of brakes just before the car hit me from behind. In my panic, I was lucky enough to think to move my hand from indicating to applying my brakes, otherwise I could have had a very different story to tell.

I was diagnosed with a broken foot, torn ligaments in my hand, whiplash, lower back injuries and an assortment of soft tissue injuries. The man who hit me said not a word as he observed me screaming in the middle of the road. The ambulance whisked me away to hospital, and there began my recovery.

I almost lost my love for cycling—I was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which I knew was normal for that situation. I was scared, I was injured and I was anxious about a time in the future when it may happen again.

I got back on my bike approximately two weeks after the accident because I knew that if I didn’t, then I might give up. It was a difficult few months for me as I grappled with a fear of cars and the physical pain of my injuries. However, as time went on, it became a lot easier and I think that this was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

The Great Cycle Challenge will be a good time for me to reflect on the reasons behind why I love cycling so much as well as assisting in raising some money for a worthy cause. The ride is a month-long event held in October. It is not a competition, it is not a formal ride, but it is a way for riders to push themselves and raise money for a children’s cancer organisation. You can check out their website to find out more information: It doesn’t cost anything to enter; all you need is a passion for cycling.

After two years, it has been discovered that I now have arthritis in my foot, which will only get worse as I get older. I will be having surgery early next year in order to try and halt any further degeneration. I am still having back problems and suffering from whiplash. I am still undergoing treatment, but I have learnt a lot about myself in the process, and most importantly, I am still on my bike!

You can feel free check out my Riders Page as here:


Like Megan, you too can use your riding to help others by taking part in such as Bupa Around the Bay – Fundraise for the Smith Family, Australia’s largest one-day bike ride. For more information, visit: 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. kam permalink
    4 September, 2013 12:10 pm

    very inspiring story… best of wishes to you megan.. well done:)

  2. 4 September, 2013 3:59 pm

    Oh geez 😦 so sorry to hear about what happened and the injuries you’ve suffered as a result. It’s admirable that you got back on the bike — thanks for sharing your story!

  3. 16 February, 2014 7:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will
    be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.

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