The ultra-endurance cyclist who came back from the dead

The ultra-endurance cyclist who came back from the dead


I woke up in ICU and I actually thought I was paralysed. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t do anything. I was in a race in Italy. We crashed going down a mountain. I went straight into a rock. I broke 12 ribs, my femur, my hip, my back in two places, my sternum. My shoulder was completely crushed. My lungs collapsed. It was horrible. It’s been a tough journey. I overcame that initial accident and got back a year later and finished the race. But since then I’ve had 10 surgeries, I’ve overcome cancer. But I wasn’t going to let it get me down. I wasn’t going to lie down. Some of my proudest moments with these achievements I’ve had is to look at kids and have them look at you and think like, “Wow, if you can do it, I can do it.” So I got involved with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation because they use sport to change children’s lives in communities and I like that because I started riding when I was 12 and sport changed my life. So to date, I’ve raised over R2 million for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, something I’m very proud of. Bones and blood are no match for the power of the mind.