Doc hurt after rescuing cyclist

2012-03-07 00:00

ONE cycling accident recycled into another when a doctor fell off his bike shortly after coming to the rescue of a fellow pedaller.

The medic, neurologist Greg Sacoor, spent yesterday afternoon in surgery after the weekend incident, MediClinic spokesperson Reshnee Beekrum confirmed.

He had been in the right place at the right time, cycling a short distance behind Warwick Weedon (61), who was training for the Cape Argus when a car hit him near Foxhill.

Despite his injuries, Weedon remembers the incident clearly and is thankful that such capable assistance was quick at hand.

He and other members of the Berg Wheelers Cycling Club were on a training ride on Richmond Road.

“We always travel that route. It is a wide, double-lane road and there were no cars coming in the opposite direction,” he said.

“I was at the back of the group looking after the back markers when a car came from behind and clipped my pedal.”

Sacoor, who is part of the Cycle Lab Cycling Club, saw Weedon fall and dropped his bike in order to attend to him, Weedon said.

“They wanted to put me in the Cycle Lab support van to take me to hospital, but Sacoor was concerned that I had sustained a neck injury so he called an ambulance where paramedics stabilised me.”

Once Sacoor was happy Weedon was in capable hands, he left with his group to finish their ride.

But soon after paramedics loaded Weedon into the ambulance, the same vehicle had to respond to another distress call — to rescue Sacoor.

Weedon said that Sacoor had been in a freak accident soon after his in which he lost control, fell off his bike and suffered injuries to his wrist and knee.

This year’s would have been Weedon’s fifth Cape Argus race.

He has been booked for surgery today when surgeons will try to repair damaged hip ligaments.

He will need six weeks of bed rest and won’t be able to get back into the saddle for at least two weeks after that, said Beekrum.

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