HARD RECOVERY: John McBryde has little recollection of the Mount Archer mountain biking accident that left him hospitalised
HARD RECOVERY: John McBryde has little recollection of the Mount Archer mountain biking accident that left him hospitalised Trinette Stevens Roktbike

The last thing he remembers was being halfway down the track

JOHN McBryde has little recollection of the Mount Archer mountain biking accident that left him with a broken right elbow and 15 stitches in his face.

But he will be left with a permanent reminder after he underwent surgery Monday to have wires and several pins inserted in his arm.

"To be honest, I have no idea at all what happened," John said before his operation.

"I remember being halfway down the track and can't remember anything after that.

"I must have hit my head and face pretty hard on the ground because my helmet's quite dented and damaged.

"I was unconscious for a while and really didn't come to until I was in the hospital."

John was riding in the first stage of the Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club's gravity enduro series at First Turkey on Sunday morning when the accident happened.

Another competitor who came across the injured John raised the alarm. St John's Ambulance officers who were stationed on the course were guided into the accident scene, where they stabilised John before he was carried out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

John knows that if he was not wearing a full-face helmet, which is now compulsory in such events, the outcome could have been much different.

And he is eternally grateful to the ambulance officers and fellow club members who managed to treat him and help carry him out of the challenging terrain.

"I rode the same track twice the day before the race without issue with two other guys," he said.

"I'm unlucky but lucky that it happened on the day it did because there's no way those two guys could have got me out of there by themselves."

John has been mountain biking for four years and says he'll return to the sport when he recovers.

He said it was the first time an incident like this had occurred in the club's history, and was counting himself lucky there were some great "green" tracks he could putt along on while he recovers.

"I've never had anything like this before. It's just a freak accident; it can happen," he said.

"In the short-term, I will keep riding casual and slow until I get my strength back.

"After that I still want to be mountain biking but I will probably stick to cross country."



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