Unfortunately, yet again, the Branson family have shown biking is dangerous! In the space of a few fateful hours on the Virgin Strive Challenge, we had one person straight into a car and five people off their bikes, suffering nasty cuts. The conditions over the last couple of days have been pretty horrendous, with heavy rain and landslides, resulting in treacherous roads. As today has shown people have to be so, so careful. I suspect one or two of them may have been going too fast – although that could just be a father talking! Riding too fast, on a steep hill in these conditions, could have been fatal.
In this instance it looks like Sam and the guys hit oil on the road and all three went off at the same time – like dominoes they slid down the road. Miraculously, as it was on a blind bend, they were not hit by oncoming traffic. It makes me sick to my stomach to think of what could have happened but yet again everyone was extraordinarily lucky. Well apart from poor Felix, who slammed in to his handlebars in the worse possible way for a bloke. So not only did he write off his bike but he had to get back on a new one with his private parts three times the size of what they were before the accident. That sums up a true Striver!
I have never expected or encouraged my son to copy my life – he has always followed his own path – I just wish that included bike accidents!
I am so proud of all three Strivers – they got straight back on their backs and kept going. As I know only too well, that isn’t easy to do. We are now over half way through the Virgin Strive Challenge – in the middle of Italy – with even more arduous climbs to get through before reaching Sicily. We knew with a Challenge of this magnitude there would be accidents – we just never expected this many, this soon. Hopefully our luck will change for the second half of our journey.
Always one to look on the bright side, the delay caused by the accident meant I finished two hours before my children, meaning I was able to have my three gorgeous grandchildren all to myself for lots of uninterrupted kisses and hugs. A grand dude can’t ask for more than that. Onwards we Strive!