CYCLING: Ouch! But Pete just won’t stop
TEENAGE cyclist Pete Kibble hopes his season has not been thrown off course after the freak accident that saw him lose the end of one of his fingers.
The 14-year-old, from New Zealand, near Calne, was out mountain biking in Swindon last Friday when he fell and severed the end of his left ring finger.
The Royal Wootton Bassett Academy pupil spent eight hours at the town’s Great Western Hospital as he was forced to have his injured finger amputated to below his fingernail.
But Kibble’s competitive spirit wasn’t curbed by his gruesome injury, with the teenager hauling himself to the Welsh 10-mile Time Trial Championships in Abergavenny on Sunday, finishing third in the junior (U18) class.
“I really wanted to compete because it was an important competition – it was a bit awkward with my bandage but you don’t use the finger too much when you’re riding,” said Kibble, who also notched up a new personal best of 21.56 minutes for the ten-mile distance on Sunday.
“I was mountain-biking with a friend and as I went down a hill, the chain came off, so I had nothing to pedal with.
“When I braked, I just went over the handlebars and my finger must have got caught on the brake lever. I panicked a little bit when it first happened but it didn’t hurt too much because of the adrenaline.
“Even after what had happened, I still felt like I was all right to go to the championships on Sunday and I’m really glad that I did. I’ve got a lot of big competitions coming up in the next few weeks and I hope this doesn’t mess up my season.”
Mum Carol admits that she wasn’t too thrilled with her son getting back on his bike to compete just hours after his finger injury.
“It was pretty gruesome and he’s lost a lot of blood but after getting out of the hospital on Saturday, he said that he was going to Wales the next day,” she said.
“I wasn’t too happy about it but he was up at 5am to get ready.
“It’s ironic because he races around at high speeds all the time in competitions and nothing happens but then he’s having fun with a friend and does that to his finger.
“Thankfully, he’s going to be all right and that’s the important thing.”
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