Two of the Australian Institute for Sport riders seriously injured when hit by a car while training
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Australian Institute for Sport riders Kate Nichols and Alexis Rhodes are set to return to competition next month after being seriously injured when hit by a car while out training for a race in Germany last July. AIS team-mate Amy Gillett died in the incident, while six other riders were badly injured.
Nichols is set to compete in the Bay Classic in Victoria, Australia early next year, while Rhodes is due to take part in Amy’s Ride, a fundraiser for the Amy Gillett Foundation.
“It’s definitely been a tough time getting back out on the road with cars and things, and it’s a slow process and I’m taking it slowly, but I’m definitely determined to get fit to get amongst it in the racing,” Nichols told ABC news in Australia.
“Since the accident you definitely question things like riding but I realise my passion for racing and that’s why I do the sport and I’m very determined to get back up to fitness and have fun racing again,” Nichols said, adding that she had been training on her bike for the past two months.
Gillett’s husband, Simon, said he was pleased to see some of his wife’s team-mates returning to competition after an extensive period of treatment and recuperation. “To an outsider they seem amazing, but if they weren’t doing that in rehab they’d be doing that in training and on the bike and that’s just the type of people they are,” he said.
“But a few of them have got range of motion issues with limbs that are creating some major difficulties for them, and they really need to get through those before they can think about getting back on a bike.”