Show us your scars #11: Tom Scully (video)

We chat to the Commonwealth Games points race champion who talks about his crashes
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Marked by scabs from a recent crash, Madison-Genesis man Tom Scully talks us through the risks of criterium racing, a staple of the British calendar.

“Everyone’s pushing to the limit trying to gain a small advantage,” he says. “So you find the limit and if you push any harder you could lose the wheel on a tight corner. It happens when you’re trying to make those small advantages.

“You don’t have time to react. Sometimes it’s a case of the faster the better,” says the 25-year-old. “It’s just the knee, elbow, shoulder and hip are the usual points if you can’t get your hands out.”

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Scully also talks about a horrific-sounding injury sustained back in 2010. Racing in the An Post Rás, he hit a lamp post 300 metres from the finish of stage three. His hamstring was torn away from the back of his knee, an injury which saw him out of action for half a year.

Since then, the New Zealander has ridden as a stagiaire for Garmin-Sharp, before settling down in Britain, racing first with Raleigh and now Madison-Genesis. Returning from such an injury to take gold medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games, Scully showed just how tough bike riders can be.

All other episodes of SUYS are available here, including chats with Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and cycling legend Bernard Hinault.

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