Paralympic cyclist Simon Richardson back in the saddle

Hit-and-run victim is using Wattbike to aid recovery

Simon Richardson poses with his gold medal for his win in the men's 1km time trial at the 2008 Paralympics

Paralympic cyclist Simon Richardson today got back in the saddle for the first time since he was seriously injured in a hit-and-run eight weeks ago. He isn’t able to ride outdoors yet but Wattbike have lent him one of their indoor trainers so he can build up his fitness.


The Welshman said: “It feels fantastic to finally sit on a bike again after spending the last two months in bed… I’m so happy as it actually feels like riding my own bike. I’m taking things very easy at the moment but being able to just turn the pedals is a massive boost to my recovery.”

He added: “I’m already planning ahead and hope to complete a ride around Wales next year to raise money for Wales Air Ambulance, which played a big part in looking after me immediately after my accident.  It’s a great goal to have in mind as I start to get back to fitness.”


Richardson suffered multiple fractures to his spine and pelvis in the incident near Bridgend on 17 August. He faces up to three years out of competitive cycling and is certain to miss next year’s Paralympic Games in London. He won two golds and a silver medal at Beijing in 2008.