Cyclist Josh Quigley has multiple fractures in second serious crash

By Angie Brown
BBC Scotland News

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image captionJosh Quigley crashed while cycling at 40mph downhill in Dubai

A record-breaking Scottish cyclist is recovering from his second serious crash in little over a year.

Josh Quigley fractured his spine, pelvis, shoulder, collarbone and elbow after falling off his bike at 40mph while training in Dubai on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old from Livingston is in hospital awaiting surgery.

Last September he broke the North Coast 500 cycling world record just months after suffering life-threatening injuries while riding across the USA.

Mr Quigley told BBC Scotland he was in a lot of pain and unable to walk after his latest crash.

He said: "I think a gust of wind took my front wheel out."

"Not sure what the recovery process is looking like yet," he added on social media.

"Very grateful to Ben and Tobias who I was riding with for getting me an ambulance and making sure I got to hospital OK.

"There's a great cycling community here who have been great to me since I've been here and they're all doing a lot to make sure I am looked after and have what I need in here.

"Huge thanks also to a few people who stopped at the scene and all of the first responders and medical staff who have helped at the hospital so far."

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Mr Quigley shaved six minutes off the existing North Coast 500 world record when he completed the 516-mile Highland route in 31hrs and 17 minutes last September.

The route is ranked as one of the world's toughest endurance challenges as it has 34,423ft (10,492m) of ascent - more than Mount Everest, which stands at 29,031ft (8,848m).

His feat came after he was hit by a vehicle in Texas during a round-the-world-trip in December 2019.

He had life-threatening injuries and operations on a broken heel and ankle as well as a stent fitted in an artery in his neck, which feeds blood to his brain.

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