Rocky Mountain Bicycles have donated a custom-painted frame to raise funds for an injured rider. The gold and white Classic Element Team frame will be auctioned off online in aid of the Brent Thomson medical fund.
Brent, the man behind the Bootleg Canyon trails near Las Vegas, suffered a heart attack earlier this month while riding. He has since had a quadruple bypass (his second – the other was 16 years ago, due to an unusually high hereditary cholesterol build-up) but then had a stroke while in post-operative care
On Monday, doctors removed the tubes, and Brent is quickly becoming his old self. Now able to speak and move both sides of his body, he is anxious to get back to work. He said: "I've got trails to build! I want to thank everyone who sent their good wishes and support through this time. I've got a lot of work to do before I'll be 100 percent, but I'm already getting a lot of creative ideas on how to motivate my body. I can't wait to see all of my friends from the bike industry and get back to doing good work again."
A spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain said: "When Brent Thomson's heart attack and surgery came to the attention of the people at Rocky Mountain Bicycles, we knew we had to do something to help Brent and his family. We also wanted to create a beautiful and eyecatching piece in the hopes of attracting as much attention and money as possible for Brent's medical fund. The result is a truly one-of-a kind, amazing looking frame."