Ross Forster wasn’t planning on going back to the Bendigo International Madison this year after he was involved in a freak accident at the cycling event in 2019, but after being persuaded to attend, Ross was able to witness an incredible comeback story and share his own.
A life-long cycling enthusiast, Ross, who owns Maryborough’s NewsXpress, was enjoying the race on March 10 last year with his wife Cheryle when nearly half the field of cyclists collided.
The crash saw one rider catapulted over the safety barrier and directly into Ross, striking him in the head and upper body and knocking him unconcious.
The impact was so severe that Ross was taken to Bendigo Hospital before being airlifted to a Melbourne hospital, suffering a broken upper and lower jaw, fractures in his eye sockets, forehead and skull, and a bleed on the brain.
The rider, Conor Leahy, was also left in bad shape, taken to hospital and suffering a knee injury.
Still in the recovery process, Ross said he wasn’t planning on going back for this year’s Madison but he was persuaded to attend.
“I wasn’t planning to go but I was invited back and I had a friend over from Western Australia who’s son was racing in it,” he said.
“There wasn’t really any hesitation in going back. More than anything I wanted to see what safety improvements had been made so the same thing couldn’t happen again.”
For more on this story see Page 11 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, March 24