It is with a lot of sadness that I write this blog and a ride I would rather forget. I will however give some details to record the ride.
Today the ride starts from the Gallery Tea Rooms at Hawarden and the forecast was warm and dry. There were more riders out for coffee than taking part. Clive, Ken, Trevor, Bryan and John W were doing their own thing. Clive is up to 10K per session on a turbo trainer, and has ridden his road bike around Mollington, so well done and keep up the progress.
A ride to Dyserth and the waterfalls was proposed and three brisk riders – John M, Steve T and myself set off from the café. We rode out via Wood Lane to crossing the A494 Mold road and up Pioneer Rd. As we neared the top John shouted "flat". We stopped and replaced tube then carried on. We continued over the Halkyns via Rhes-y-cae and Lixwm.
The ride onwards to Dyserth was uneventful, and we arrived at the Waterfalls for a photo shoot.Lunch was at the New Inn and it was very busy. The landlord and lady are from Rossett so a return trip with Ken might be arranged.
We rode back to Chester going around the back of the town and up Alit y Graig which had 20% gradient but we achieved the ride over and on to Llanasa. It is then the usual route back via Whitford and Pantasaph and again over the Halkyns.
When proceeding down Middle Hill lane passing over the cattle grid, Steve was leading when a red landrover pulling a trailer drove passed us. In the next instance Steve had tumbled off his bike and was lying on the floor. John took charge and we were surrounded by the local community of farmers who called for an ambulance.
Steve was unconscious, but John new what to do and within 30 to 120 seconds he had given vital resuscitation to Steve who was able to tell us where he hurt. An ambulance did not arrive, but the Air Rescue Helicopter, dispatched from Welshpool, came to the rescue with three doctors on board. They soon had Steve wired up to monitors and a decision to take him to Stoke on Trent hospital was agreed between the HQ and the doctors.
We do not know what happened as it was all too quick. I am not blaming the car driver, although he didn’t give us much consideration on a very narrow lane. He wouldn’t have known that a rider had fallen. The road surface is as per rural road condition with loose gravel but no serious pot holes which are more prevalent on main roads. After the rescue chopper took off, John and I continued our journey to Chester.