French rider almost paralysed after crashing at 130km/h in speed record attempt

François Pervis says "a few millimetres more and I would have been paralysed" after high-speed incident

François Pervis on a track bike in 2017
Pervis competing in the 2017 UCI Track World Championships.
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Former track world champion François Pervis said he almost ended up paralysed when he crashed at high-speed over the weekend trying to break the recumbent bicycle speed record. 

The Frenchman was travelling at 130km/h in the Nevada desert when his tire blew out, causing him to crash and slide across the road. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.