Paralysed graduate, set to complete a 1000-mile bike ride with his hands, revisits the scene of his tragic cycling accident

A BRAVE 24-year-old from Streatham has set off on a gruelling bike ride after vowing to complete the 1000-mile trip that left him paralysed three years ago, writes Hannah Skellern.

Alex Brooke-Turner’s ambitious journey to Pula, Croatia came to a tragic end when he broke his back after falling from his bike in Belgium – just weeks before he was due to start his final year at the University of Manchester.

Alex getting measured for his handcycle

Alex getting measured for his handcycle

The sports fan, aged 21 at the time, lost the use of his legs in the tragic accident – but after months of training, he plans to resume the trip from the point where he left off on a specially designed handbike alongside two friends.

Alex, who has now graduated from the University of Manchester after taking a year off to recover, set off on August 1 and is set to reach Croatia on August 22, exactly three years since the date of the crash.

Sports fan Alex at the London 2012 Olympics

Sports fan Alex at the London 2012 Olympics

“It’s just something I need to do. I think it will give me closure,” said Alex.

“I’m still active and I don’t let being paralysed get me down. I want to push myself to see what I can do with my body.”

 

Raising money for Aspire, a charity to help people who have been paralysed after spinal cord injuries, Alex has bumped up his £5,000 target after topping it by £1,000 before even starting the bike ride.

To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/alex-b-t