Leeds dad gears up for cycle challenge

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A father-of-three who suffered horrific injuries when he was knocked off his bike is now getting back in the saddle for an epic cycling challenge.

Dr Mike Bosomworth, of Bardsey, was due to tackle the 4,200 mile coast-to-coast ride across the US last year but he was forced to postpone after his accident last June – just weeks before he was set to fly out.

The 61-year-old said: “It was my first outing on the bike that I had bought to cross the USA on.

“All I can remember is hitting the car and then lying in the middle of the road. I broke three vertebrae and six ribs.”

Less than a year later, the brave bike fan is back on board and preparing to ride around 100 miles a day for seven weeks – taking only one rest day each week.

Mike, a lead clinician in blood sciences at Leeds General Infirmary, came up with the challenge to celebrate the double milestones of turning 60 and working for the NHS for 40 years.

All I can remember is hitting the car and then lying in the middle of the road.

He is raising money for the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre, based at St James’s Hospital in Leeds – and it is a cause close to his heart. He said: “Both my father and my aunt have suffered with dementia.

“Having worked for the NHS for such a long time, I know how vitally important funding is. Funding is the only way forward.”

Mike’s route begins on April 4 in New York and finishes in San Francisco and will take in Washington DC and the Rocky Mountains.

Although it is planned as a solo ride, he may be joined by friends and family to keep him company along different stages of the route.

Thankfully he is no stranger to epic challenges. Mike has already cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, completed parachute jumps and climbed Kilimanjaro; all for charity.

Mike is halfway to reaching his fundraising target of £10,000. To support him go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/mikebosomworth.