Wiltshire cyclist seeks Good Samaritan who looked after him when he broke his neck

Michael Brown from Aldbourne is searching for a mountain biker named Mike from Swindon who was on the scene when he broke his neck attempting a jump

Michael Brown (Photo: Facebook/BBC Wiltshire)

A cyclist from Aldbourne, Wiltshire, who broke his neck in a mountain bike accident is searching for the man who stopped to help him.

Michael Brown was cycling in West Woods, near Marlborough, with his two sons when a gap jump he attempted went wrong and he landed on his head.

A man called Mike, from Swindon, came to his rescue, dialled 999 and waited with his sons until the ambulance arrived, and now Michael wants to thank him.

"I'm not sure exactly what happened," he told the BBC. "The bike came over the back of me and my head went all the way back on to my shoulder blades and I broke my neck.

"I remember seeing the ground coming towards me and that was really it and I woke up five minutes later."

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Because there was no signal, fellow mountain biker Mike went to the nearest farm to call for an ambulance.

"I broke my neck in three places. I had a severe fracture in a vertebra which is called a hangman's fracture because it's the vertebra which breaks when they used to hang people," he said.

"So I'm quite lucky to be neither dead or paralysed. But I never actually got to see Mike and I never got to say say thank you for raising the alarm, taking my boys home and staying with me."

Are you Mike from Swindon? Do you know Mike from Swindon? Get in touch and we'll try and get you in touch with Michael.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.