Concussion and cycling: the life-saving facts

Knocks to the head aren’t uncommon in cycling — but every single one must be taken seriously and treated with extreme caution, as Michelle Arthurs-Brennan finds out

Toms Skujins crash at the Tour of California 2017 (Tim De Waele/Getty)

(Image credit: Corbis via Getty Images)

If you want to see how serious concussion can be, look no further than the footage of Latvian pro Toms Skujiņš crashing on a descent in the 2017 Tour of California.

He picks himself up and stumbles helplessly across the road — into the path of a fast-descending chase pack, which narrowly manages to avoid him. Horrifyingly, he is helped back on to his bike by a motorcyclist, then zigzags all over the road, almost hits a curb, and carries on — inexplicably, no one stops him. The video has been viewed over 200,000 times on YouTube.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.