Malcolm Lowe, aged 58, from Winksley near Harrogate was out on a bike ride with his friends on the 27th May 2017, riding towards his home village, when he failed to see the give way markings on the road and drove into the side of an oncoming transit van.

Dirt and debris, covered the give way markings at junction heading into an A road and when Malcolm missed them, he cycled straight forward and drove into the side of a van, hitting his head on the wing mirror. Luckily for Malcolm, he was wearing a helmet.

From the impact, to when he arrived in hospital, Malcolm still can’t remember much of his near fatal accident, but he has been living with the severe injuries as a result of the accident.

Malcolm was flown to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and when medics at the hospital assessed Malcolm, it was revealed that he had broken his skull around his right eye, which needed five plates to put it back into place.  However his eyeball had suffered severe trauma and unfortunately could not be saved.

Malcolm also damaged his phrenic nerve in his lungs when he fell off his bike, which has reduced his lung capacity from 10Litres to 7litres – he is now awaiting further surgery.

Despite his injuries, Malcolm’s accident has not deterred him from his love of cycling and as soon as it was safe to do so, Malcolm was back riding across the country. He has since completed multiple triathlons and races including a 107 mile race around Anglesey, North Wales and cycling still remains his primary way of keeping fit.

Speaking of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Malcolm said: “They got there quickly, in the shortest possible time and helped with my trauma in the best way possible, I can’t thank them enough.”

Malcolm Lowe, aged 58, from Winksley near Harrogate was out on a bike ride with his friends on the 27th May 2017, riding towards his home village, when he failed to see the give way markings on the road and drove into the side of an oncoming transit van.

Dirt and debris, covered the give way markings at junction heading into an A road and when Malcolm missed them, he cycled straight forward and drove into the side of a van, hitting his head on the wing mirror. Luckily for Malcolm, he was wearing a helmet.

From the impact, to when he arrived in hospital, Malcolm still can’t remember much of his near fatal accident, but he has been living with the severe injuries as a result of the accident.

Malcolm was flown to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and when medics at the hospital assessed Malcolm, it was revealed that he had broken his skull around his right eye, which needed five plates to put it back into place.  However his eyeball had suffered severe trauma and unfortunately could not be saved.

Malcolm also damaged his phrenic nerve in his lungs when he fell off his bike, which has reduced his lung capacity from 10Litres to 7litres – he is now awaiting further surgery.

Despite his injuries, Malcolm’s accident has not deterred him from his love of cycling and as soon as it was safe to do so, Malcolm was back riding across the country. He has since completed multiple triathlons and races including a 107 mile race around Anglesey, North Wales and cycling still remains his primary way of keeping fit.