Keagan Girdlestone, the Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider who crashed through a team car’s windscreen at an Italian race in June, has cycled for the first time since the crash.

The South African-born 19-year-old suffered serious injuries at the Coppa della Pace race in June and his initial state was extremely critical.

Loss of blood meant his brain was starved of oxygen, but since his release from an Italian hospital and having returned home to New Zealand, he has regained full mobilisation of his arms. He did, however, have severe lacerations in his neck.

His remarkable recovery was further stepped up last week when he posted a vlog on YouTube which showed him jogging, as well as a riding his bike on the turbo trainer, before pedalling outside for the first time since his crash.

He managed 45 minutes on the turbo, averaging 137 watts. His father walked alongside him as he rode his bike outside.


Girdlestone admitted in August that he “should be dead” but he has intentions of returning to racing.