Cyclist supports LifeFlight Tour de Rescue
Since Brenton Jones can remember, cycling has been his passion.
From national championships to representing Australia Brenton has a list of cycling career achievements under his belt, including stage wins on overseas road events.
"My racing experience on the bike has taken me to more than 15 different countries and I continue to further my cycling each day," Brenton said.
But it's been a tough, roller coaster ride to get to where he is today.
In June 2011 his sporting career took a turn for the worse.
Brenton was competing in a National Road Series event in Toowoomba when he came painfully close to losing his life.
Brenton's bike hit a pothole, throwing him over the handlebars and onto the road.
"It was a sunny day, maybe mid-20’s with some wind,” Brenton recalls.
“My mum said to me before the race, “Good luck Brenton”, to which I replied: “Thanks Mum, see you at the finish.” Mum next saw me on the road side with a white blanket over me and the paramedics and police officers unable to confirm if I was going to make it.”
Brenton, aged 25, suffered severe head injuries and cuts to his body and has no recollection of the event.
The local RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to the scene shortly after Brenton's horrific accident.
"I can’t remember anything from the time I said goodbye to Mum. The next memories I have are broken bits from the hospital bed where I was in an induced-coma and intensive rehab in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra hospital," Brenton said.
After a week in the PA Hospital, Brenton underwent occupational therapy to regain his memory and balance.
If not for the intervention of the LifeFlight aeromedical team, Brenton's sporting dream would have been cut short.
Brenton says he's walking proof of how important LifeFlight is to the community.
"I cannot think of what life would be like without LifeFlight and they do such an incredible job for the community," Brenton said.
On August 13 LifeFlight's Tour de Rescue Cycling Challenge will take to the streets, where a maximum of 80 cyclists will have the chance to ride with Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen, on a 155km scenic route from North Brisbane to Maroochydore.
Professional riding commitments will prevent Brenton from joining Robbie and others on the charity ride, but he will be with the riders in spirit.
He's hoping his story will encourage others to take part in the colourful convoy.
"Let’s just say the casualties in Queensland and surrounding areas would be much more if it wasn’t for the job LifeFlight do,” Brenton said.
“They are fast to act, have well-trained medical staff and are the resource that the community needs when an accident or seriously life threatening medical condition takes place.”
To register for LifeFlight’s Tour de Rescue cycling event and join the ‘ride to save lives’ visit http://tinyurl.com/LFTDRrego or phone the event organiser, Fiona on 0475 776 511.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation.
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