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Last month British Cycling was rocked by the news that top home rider Emma Davies had been seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident while out training in Manchester. Just over three weeks later, Emma is making remarkable progress in recovering from what could have been a career-ending accident, and is set to appear at the Revolution 10 track meeting at the Manchester Velodrome on Saturday to say thank you to all those who have supported her since the incident.
"The severity of the injury was such that the possibility of being quadriplegic was quite a distinct possibility but thanks to the superb initial treatment at Manchester Royal Infirmary - led by Simon Carley, that threat was removed," said Davies, who has been discharged from hospital and is already back on a static bike focusing on the process of rehabilitation.
"The biggest factor in my recovery has been a combination of my own mental strength and the incredible support I have received from both the world of cycling and the general public," she explained. "I have received so many texts, emails and greeting cards and my parent's house resembles a branch of Inter Flora. I really want to thank everyone so much and I want to assure them all that I am leaving no stone unturned in my determination to be on the podium in Melbourne."
Revolution 10 will also be an excellent opportunity for Emma to provide details of a new charity which she has set up to raise money for the Hope Spinal Unit. The charity is called Spinal Hope and all money raised will support the publicly funded unit. Spinal Hope wristbands will be on sale at Revolution 10 and Emma will also provide details of a special fundraising auction.
Following these announcements Emma will be able to sit back and watch her team mates fight it out in the first ever women's endurance omnium. Nicole Cooke, Rachel Heal and Nikki Harris will be some of the star riders competing across three events to decide an ultimate winner.
Tickets for the Revolution 10 on 19th November are available at www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling 07005 942 579 or the Velodrome on 0161 223 2244 and selecting option 3.
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