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Two Riders Airlifted to Hospital During 2014 Fred Whitton Challenge

by Nick Gregory

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Two cyclists were airlifted to hospital after falling off their bikes during this weekend's 112 mile Fred Whitton Challenge in the Lake District - one of the UK's toughest sportives. 

One 55 year old rider from Portsmouth fell on the steep descent at Honister Pass, injuring his back and hip. Having been called at 10.30am, the Great North Air Ambulance assessed his injuries and flew him to Royal Preston Hospital, where his condition was described as stable. 

Later in the day the air ambulance was required again to assist another man who fell at Wrynose Pass. According to the North West Evening Mail, the cyclist sustained severe head and hip injuries and was again flown to Royal Preston Hospital. However, he too was said to be in a stable condition. 


Cyclosport's Emma Osenton rode the event last year and picked it as one of her top events of 2013

"The organisation is amazing, the setting is iconic, great food, great atmosphere and huge climbs with some even bigger and steeper ones thrown in to boot. The work carried out from the hundreds of thousands of pounds raised for its chosen charities it brilliant. It stays a challenge and that's what makes it." 

Everyone at Cyclosport wishes both riders a speedy recovery!

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