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Marc’s Olympic dream still alive after being hit by car

A BERAGH cyclist bidding to compete in the Olympic Games next year, is lucky to be alive after being hit by a car while cycling on the Dromore Road in Omagh.

Marc Potts, an elite, international cyclist, was thrown from his bike, landing on his head and back, shattering his helmet.

He suffered a broken shoulder blade, had cuts and bruises throughout his body and also split open his head.

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Marc, who has competed for Ireland in the Worlds, European and Commonwealth Games on the track, says if it wasn’t for his high quality helmet, his injuries could have been even more severe.

This accident on April 9, came at the worst possible time as Marc is preparing for Olympic qualifying races in the coming months. The 26-year-old said, “I saw a car turning in across the road towards me from my right hand side. I tried to avoid her but she still hit the back of the bike, flipping me over. I landed on my head and my back on the pavement.”

“She said she was sorry and that she didn’t see me with the sun. The police and ambulance arrived and took me to hospital where I found out I had broken my shoulder blade. I had cuts and bruises almost everywhere and also split my head open. My helmet probably saved my life. It is quite an expensive helmet and a new design with two shells. It is completely smashed and I still got a cut on my head.

“She said she was sorry and that she didn’t see me with the sun. The police and ambulance arrived and took me to hospital where I found out I had broken my shoulder blade. I had cuts and bruises almost everywhere and also split my head open. My helmet probably saved my life. It is quite an expensive helmet and a new design with two shells. It is completely smashed and I still got a cut on my head.

“I didn’t realise it but I was concussed for several days after the crash as I was confused about things and my girlfriend said I kept repeating myself. Thankfully I am feeling better now, but it goes to show how important a helmet is.

“I would urge all motorists to take extra due care and attention when driving near cyclists. In a car you are very safe, but on a bike you have no protection and are extremely vulnerable.”

 

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Marc Potts sustained a broken shoulder blade following the collision
with a car in Omagh.

Marc’s brand new £5,000 bike was also completely ruined in the crash.

While the severity of his injuries have prevented Marc from getting out again on the road, he has been able to get back in the saddle on a spin bike at the Sports Institute in Dublin.

He said, “I can’t afford to just stop. I’ve been through my winter training camp in Majorca and was looking forward to the season ahead. It is probably the worst possible time to happen as I am trying to qualify for the Olympics next year. I am now fully concentrating on getting healthy and ready for a big race at the European Games at the end of June in Belarus which goes towards qualifying for the Olympics.”

A couple of years ago Marc came fourth in the European Championships having only moved from the road into the velodrome in 2015.

Marc continued, “The week I spent at home not doing anything I was cracking up. I knew I had to get back down to Dublin, get my focus back and start some form of training again. This is what I want to do and I’m determined to carry on. I’ve trained for too many years to try and get to the Olympics, I can’t stop now.”

Police confirmed they received a report that a cyclist had been struck by a car on the Dromore Road on Tuesday, April 9.

The police spokesperson said, “The incident which involved a white Kia Sportage occurred at around 5pm.

“The male cyclist required treatment at hospital following the collision. The driver of the car was spoken to by police at the scene.”


Marc Potts from Beragh pictured representing Ireland at the UEC Track
Cycling European Championships 2017 in Berlin when he finished fourth.

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