Crash puts Mills in hospital
ROCKHAMPTON cyclist Tony Mills was prepared to take all the risks to get in front of the pack at the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome on Saturday night but after one wrong move he faced a brutal crash that put him in hospital.
The CQUniversity Rockhampton Cup on Wheels 1600 metre wheelrace was the biggest event of the carnival and when the gun went off more than 20 cyclists started to gain speeds up to 60 kilometres per hour on their bikes with no brakes.
Going around the bend half-way through the high-speed chase, Tony Mills clipped his wheel on another cyclist and crashed on to the track.
The biggest event of the night was immediately stopped with the St John Ambulance officers rushing to attend Mills who was knocked unconscious.
The ambulance soon arrived and took Mills to hospital for his injuries, which were confirmed early yesterday to be a broken collarbone, head injuries and two broken ribs.
Spokesman for Rockhampton Cycling Club, Josh Edwards, said Mills had been released from hospital yesterday morning.
“It was a pretty decent crash – he hit it pretty hard coming down, usually they go straight over but he went over the front,” he said.
After the crash on Saturday fellow cyclists lined the exit in a guard of honour as Mills left the Velodrome in the back of the ambulance for the hospital.