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Richard Branson crashes his bike: 'Helmet saved my life'

Old 08-26-16, 06:35 AM
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Richard Branson crashes his bike: 'Helmet saved my life'

Richard Branson bike crash: 'I thought I was going to die' - Aug. 26, 2016


Richard Branson says he's happy to be alive after a harrowing bike crash earlier this week.

The outspoken billionaire behind Virgin Group said his life flashed before his eyes as he was launched off his bike while cycling on the British Virgin Islands.

Branson said he was heading down a hill when his bike hit a speed bump, throwing him into the air.

"I really thought I was going to die," he said in an online blog post. "Fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life."

He suffered a cracked cheek and some torn ligaments, he said. The British entrepreneur posted photos of his bruised and bloody face.

The cycling trip was part of his training for a month-long Virgin-branded fundraising event.
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Old 08-26-16, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Samuraidog View Post

The cycling trip was part of his training for a month-long Virgin-branded fundraising event.
You need to train for fundraising? I wonder what sort of intervals would be useful here?
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Old 08-26-16, 07:19 AM
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I can see that this thread is going to be moved in the near future.
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I had always thought Sicily was part of Italy.
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I'm trying to wrap my head around being a billionaire and not having a helmet that would protect your face, or an assistant to vet the route. I've watched too many batman/iron man movies I guess.
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Old 08-26-16, 08:31 AM
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I'm trying to wrap my head around being a billionaire and not having a helmet that would protect your face, or an assistant to vet the route. I've watched too many batman/iron man movies I guess.
Billionaires can afford a new face.

Seriously though, I'm always encouraged to hear of celebrities who cycle, and I'm sorry to hear of anyone crashing. Glad he's OK.
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Old 08-26-16, 08:41 AM
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Paying attention would not only have saved his life, but his shoulder and his face too.
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Paying attention would not only have saved his life, but his shoulder and his face too.


My thoughts as well, and maybe travel at a slower speed, one that might better suit his riding abilities.
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Originally Posted by Stadjer View Post
Paying attention would not only have saved his life, but his shoulder and his face too.
Yeah, his "bike hit a speed bump" all by itself.

Last week my car drove itself into a tree. I hate when that happens.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I'm trying to wrap my head around being a billionaire and not having a helmet that would protect your face, or an assistant to vet the route. I've watched too many batman/iron man movies I guess.
Originally Posted by Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson
(however, perhaps they should build bike helmets that protect the side of the face too - does anyone know of one?).
Why yes, Sir, they do make them. Movie themed even.

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My thoughts as well, and maybe travel at a slower speed, one that might better suit his riding abilities.
I'm not an expert on Virgin Islands infrastructure, but it's very unusual to put speed bumps just around a corner to surprise road users, who are not going fast anyway because they are just speeding up after a corner. I really can't say that helmets aren't a sensible idea for sports cyclists, but every now and then I get the impression wearing one makes people more stupid.
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
Billionaires can afford a new face.

Seriously though, I'm always encouraged to hear of celebrities who cycle, and I'm sorry to hear of anyone crashing. Glad he's OK.
True and one could probably take the opportunity to upgrade.

Seriously though I wish him well and I do admire his attitude about it.
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Old 08-26-16, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I'm trying to wrap my head around being a billionaire and not having a helmet that would protect your face, or an assistant to vet the route. I've watched too many batman/iron man movies I guess.

add to that he owns this island and it's a real head scratcher.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necker...Virgin_Islands)

"who had this bloody speed bump installed!"
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He was cycling on Virgin Gorda, not Necker Island.

Descending toward Leverick Bay, probably on Rd to Leverick Bay, probably the last few hundred meters of the road.

You have to guard against your mind wandering at the end of a long ride. Of course, none of *US* have ever made any errors while riding a bicycle.

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Someone is getting fired over that speedbump! I read that article recently and it reminded me of when I went over the handlebars at around 20MPH in Central Park NYC. I got a big scrape on my face, landed on my shoulders but luckily my helmet also saved my head. It cracked on impact.


Sucks to fly and land on your shoulders/face when least expected.
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The news item I read indicated that the crash happened at night, so he may not have seen the speed bump
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
The news item I read indicated that the crash happened at night, so he may not have seen the speed bump

Well then his bike should have been equipped with a 10,000 lumen headlight. If I have learned anything from A&S it's that.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/167761...or-bike-crash/

What a freaking drama queen. As far as I am aware, stingray stings are rarely deadly, even to kids.

The accident-prone Virgin boss – who escaped a run in with a deadly stingray just a few months ago – said he genuinely thought he’d finally run out of lives.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
I had always thought Sicily was part of Italy.
Not by choice, ask any Sicilian....

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... As far as I am aware, stingray stings are rarely deadly, even to kids.
The silly Ozzie that called himself the "Crocodile Hunter" thought so too....
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I guess when on a bike even billionaires are subject to poor road conditions and bad lighting.
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he should have been riding his own paved asphalt trail around a private lake.
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I wonder what bike he rides.
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If his crash would have been fatal had he not being wearing a helmet he would have been more injured than this. A fatal head injury that was prevented from being fatal by a helmet would still cause significant cerebral injuries which he doesn't appear to have suffered.
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