'I thought I'd never be pain-free again – but now I'm cherishing every ride': The comeback from a devastating hit-and-run crash

Long-distance record-setter Christina Mackenzie tells us about her biggest challenge yet – returning to racing after a collision in which she was left for dead

Christina Mackenzie on her bike, upper body and head showing, she is smiling
(Image credit: Andy McCandlish)

This article was originally published in Cycling Weekly's print edition as part of the long-running MY FITNESS CHALLENGE series.

As Christina Mackenzie crossed the finishing line of this summer's UCI World Championship Gran Fondo road race in Scotland, her mind flashed back to a fateful day from last September. “It was broad daylight and I was wearing hi-vis,” says the 46-year-old. “They must have seen me, yet they had no regard for my life.” Mackenzie is referring to the SUV driver who collided with her and left her lying in the middle of a dual carriageway near Kippen in Stirlingshire, her pelvis broken in two places. The driver did not stop and has never been traced. 

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Trevor Ward is a freelance journalist specialising in cycling