Put me back on my bike!
Nathan Brennan and his road rash
It's inevitable that kids will fall off their bikes at some point, either when training or in a race. Nathan Brennan recently had his first racing tumble. Here's what happened.
We lined up for the start and got ready to set off. I was at the back of the grid. The whistle blew and I had to wait for other riders in front of me to get going, and then I was off. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a boy next to me fall, I didn’t worry but then someone crashed into me and I ended up crashing too!
At first I couldn’t feel my elbow. Sam Abbott’s Dad helped me to get up. I lifted up my elbow and saw there was a cut there. My nose, chin and mouth hurt and I had a cut on my chest and had grazed my knee - which was not too bad as I was wearing skins. Jon our coach always tells us to wear our skins to protect ourselves if we fall and it worked!
A nice paramedic checked me over, especially my mouth and nose and he said that I was OK. I was thinking of not finishing the race but Zoe’s Mum (Julieann Parker) encouraged me to carry on, so I got back on and re-joined the race. I joined the race leaders and managed to keep up with them for a while – probably because they had done an extra couple of laps than me! I was a long way behind and my knee was hurting but I enjoyed cycling round.
I made it to the end of the race and I was happy to have finished. I would say to other riders that if they fall or crash, to get back on and ride to the end. I’ve only done 3 races but it was my best race ever!
It can feel difficult to encourage your child to get back on and race when they've had a fall, especially when the other riders are zooming past whilst you pick up your tearful child and sort out their bike. Getting back on and finishing is a really positive thing to do. Bumps, scrapes and brusies make for great playground stories on the monday after the race!