'There had been some warning signs': The ride that changed one cyclist's life forever

One fine day last spring, Damien Bird set out on a ride that would change his life forever. Here, he tells us what happened and why he’s thankful to be back on two wheels

Damien Bird (Brian Battensby)

"There had been some warning signs," says Damien Bird, speaking to me from his hilltop home near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. “In November 2019 I was doing a cross-country run when, a few kilometres from the end, I started feeling dizzy and light-headed.” 

Bird was 38 at the time, and with a lifetime of sport behind him, including frequent cycling for the past six years, he wasn’t about to let a spate of wooziness hold him back. In fact, he had just bought his first high-spec road bike, a Di2-equipped Boardman SLR 9.6, and was looking forward to a big year of cycling in 2020. Even so, he played it safe and went to his GP to get checked over.  

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