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World Tour Cyclist Helping Solar Power in Africa Gets Hit by Truck in Arkansas


Sean Conway, the man who wants to circle the globe only on his bike, in an effort to gather money for SolarAid – the charity work destined to bring clean energy to East Africa, was hit by a truck while cycling near Little Rock, AK.

Conway’s target is London, the place where he departed from, and his return date is set to be the day when the Summer Olympics will start.

On his blog, he describes how he got hit by the truck:

Somehow he hit me slap bang in the middle of his car. I was spun onto his bonnet and then was thrown off into the dirt. My worst nightmare came true and I now battle a fracture to my spine, torn muscles in my right leg, chipped tooth and concussion. Its no cliche but my helmet saved my life.

My bike is also a complete write off. That’s £4000 worth of kit sitting all mangled and disfigured. This is not how things turned out in my story. I am determined to carry on though. The world record may be out of reach but raising money for kids in Africa is still high on my priority list. Thanks to everyone who has supported me in these dark few days. I still have 13000 miles to cycle and I’ll be damned if I don’t finish them.

The Guiness World record are taking Conway’s accident into account, as they’re not counting the days needed for his recovery. If you want to donate to Conway and help him and the poor East African kids get solar power, you can go over to Cycling the Earth.

Watch the news below and see who helped him repair the bike to carry on:

[via treehugger]

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