JOY turned to agony in the space of a matter of days for experienced rider Mike Twelves after he was hit by a car when competing at the ‘Omloop Van Der Dries Dorpen race near Flecknoe in South Warwickshire.
The Coventry-based M.I.Racing star was crowned British Champion last week but just seven days on Twelves was on the receiving end of big crash which saw him suffer damaged to his arms and legs.
Twelves was part of a ten-strong chasing group of riders who were making ground on the leading riders before a 4×4 vehicle, which was towing a wide trailer, overtook the group on a country lane.
But it hit Twelves and forced him the hit the ground hard. He suffered severe damage to his right hand, had wounds to his legs and arms and his helmet was smashed.
An official race vehicle was following behind the group at the time and police are investigating the incident.
It is hoped that Twelves will make a speedy recovery so that he can compete at the forthcoming World Championships in Belgium next month.
Elsewhere, it was a postive weekend of racing for M.I.Racing’s mountain bike riders with Peter Busby finishing runner-up at the Summer Friday Evening series at Hicks Lodge.
Female rider Lindsey Nell went one better on Saturday by winning the ladies veteran race at round five of the Midland Series at Eastbridge in Shropshire.
Phil Stokes won the Super Grand Veterans race, Kirby Bennett and Peter Busby came second and third respectively at Grand Veterans race and academy rider Lotta Mansfield was also runner-up in the under-14 race.