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Crash cyclist Josh Quigley aims to beat North Coast 500 world record time

By John Davidson

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Josh Quigley training for the NC500 record attempt.
Josh Quigley training for the NC500 record attempt.

A round-the-world cyclist who was hit by a car at 70mph while riding across America last year will attempt to break the North Coast 500 cycling record this weekend.

Josh Quigley is aiming to beat Commonwealth Games Medallist and ex-professional cyclist James McCallum's time of 31 hours and 23 minutes. In the last week alone, two UK cyclists have made unsuccessful tries at the same world record.

Josh is raising funds for the Baylor Scott & White Medical Centre in Temple, Texas, which treated him after the life-threatening collision.

“Ever since my accident, I’ve wanted to do something to thank to the hospital and staff at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Centre who saved my life,” said Josh. “During the weeks I spent there, I underwent a series of surgical procedures to fix the long list of injuries I sustained. These included a traumatic brain injury, fractured skull, seven broken ribs, punctured lung and multiple fractures to my back and legs.

"I then embarked on a rigorous physiotherapy and rehabilitation plan and, just 11 weeks later, was back on my bike; determined to get back to my peak fitness levels and complete my challenge.”

Josh's world record attempt will start at Inverness Castle at 5am on Saturday.

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