A 61-year-old man was airlifted to hospital on Sunday after an incident during the Exmoor Beauty Cycle Challenge.

The man was in collision with an on-coming car after losing control of his bike on a descent. He subsequently became trapped under the vehicle. 

Event staff, a medical crew and a doctor taking part in the ride attended to the man soon after the incident. The Devon Air Ambulance was called, and the man taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. He is now in a critical but not life-threatening condition, according to the Somerset County Gazette.

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident. Any information can be passed on by telephoning 101. The driver of the vehicle is assisting the police as a witness.

Event organiser Marcus Di-Vincenzo issued a statement on Tuesday morning relating to the incident.

“The [medical] crew were on the scene of the accident within seconds and, aided by a doctor who was also taking part in the ride, the injured cyclist’s injuries were diagnosed as life threatening.

“The crew immediately summoned up the emergency services and arrangements were quickly made for the Devon Air Ambulance to attend. Within 20 minutes, the injured rider was being transported to Frenchay Hospital, where his condition is described as critical.”

Di Vincenzo outlined that a detailed pre-event risk assessment had been carried out, which had led to satellite communications equipment being issued to medical crews and warning signs placed on the steep descent on which the incident took place.

“Signs were also posted cautioning other road users that the event was in progress,” said the statement. “In changeable and sometimes arduous weather conditions, over 600 riders completed the 70 mile challenge without incident.

“The thoughts of the event’s organisers, and everybody who took part, are with the injured rider and his family, with all hoping for a full and speedy recovery.”


  • Martin Almey

    Arrived shortly after the helicopter landed. Glad to know how quick the emergency services can get to such an isolated spot. Thoughts are with the poor guy. As above we were told about the descents and everyone could see how bad the conditions were and not to push too hard.

  • arronski

    Hope he makes a full recovery.

  • Philip Borley

    Good to hear that he is not in a life threatening condition if not critical.
    If this was the only major incident out if 600 I would say a good risk assessment and relevant actions had been taken. Good work to the organisers as Exmoor can be as wild as anywhere on the wrong day.
    Good work by the emergency services as well.


  • Chris Hannon

    I did not witness the event but I did see the ambulance. 🙁 I am glad his injuries are not life threatening and my thoughts are with him and his family at this time. I can say that Marcus gave everyone a riders brief before we set off, explaining that they were a couple of tricky descents on the course and the weather conditions made it that much worse and we really should take it easy. The route was well signed with caution signs on the difficult parts and warning signs for motorists were everywhere. Again my thoughts are with him and I hope he can make a speedy recovery.