A CYCLIST remains in intensive care with serious head injuries after an accident at the celebratory opening of a cycling club’s new headquarters.
Two other men were also hospitalised in the incident which saw 23-year-old Peter Stephenson-Wall airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, on Monday.
All three men were involved in the ‘fast’ section of a ride to mark the opening of West Suffolk Wheelers’ new base in Bury St Edmunds.
The accident occurred at 11.55am when the group of around 18 riders tried to bunch together to make room for traffic in Little Saxham.
Peter Heath, membership secretary for the Wheelers, said there was a touch of wheels which caused several riders to crash.
He said: “Nothing like this has happened in the club before where three people have hit the ground and all been injured.
“All the club members are thinking of them and want to see them back riding with us as soon as possible.”
Mr Stephenson-Wall suffered head injuries and his condition on arrival at hospital was described as ‘serious but stable’ by the East of England air ambulance.
He remains in intensive care.
Fellow riders Richard Farrow and Ron Fisher were taken to West Suffolk Hospital for treatment.
Mr Farrow was discharged after being treated for a broken collar bone. Mr Fisher suffered two broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder.
The men were helped at the scene by club member Gareth Doman, a paramedic.
With no police presence, the other members of the group took control of traffic for almost an hour.
Barry Denny, West Suffolk Wheelers’ chairman, praised Mr Doman’s response and wished the injured riders a speedy recovery.
The opening of the headquarters took place after the accident, with members unaware of the extent of the rider’s injuries.