National Hill Climb champion suffers broken collarbone after crash with Tour de Yorkshire race security

Lowden is expected to require surgery following crash involving a motorbike

Joscelin Lowden. Image: Storey Racing

Storey Racing began stage two of the women's Tour de Yorkshire one rider down on Friday after promising 2018 recruit Joscelin Lowden crashed out of stage one following an incident with a race security motorbike.

The former runner and current National Hill Climb champion crashed during the first day, resulting in a fracture of her right clavicle.

Lowden is being treated at HMT Hospitals, one of Storey Racing's sponsors, and is expected to require surgery.

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The team has confirmed in a statement that the crash involved a "motorbike that was part of the race security" - adding "TV coverage will be assessed with regards to the cause of the crash."

Lowden, who won the 2017 Hill Climb Championships riding for Lewes Wanderers and started cycling competitively in time trials in 2016, had been feeling good up until the time of the crash.

The team commented: "For Joss Lowden the race left a bittersweet taste, having had enough of the stage to know her legs were in great shape, but finishing on a spine board awaiting the result of a CT scan – which fortunately came back all clear."

"Her team issue KASK Infinity helmet showing it’s superior protective qualities as it has done for team mates previously", they said, adding " the unfortunate result of the crash was a displaced fracture of her right clavicle which is expected to require surgery in the coming days.

"The team are working closely with our sponsor HMT Hospitals who are doing a superb job in arranging everything at short notice."

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Cycling Weekly's Digital Editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining the two with a career in cycling journalism.


When not typing or testing, Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.


Favourite bikes include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6.