Famous British billionaire revealed that he crashed with his bike and almost died on his blog.
66-year-old Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson had a dramatic bicycle accident this week. Branson said in a blog post that he was cycling on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, with his adult kids Holly and Sam. He was training for the Virgin Strive Challenge.
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The accident happened when he was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and Branson hit a so called sleeping policeman hump in the road head on. Richard Branson flew over the handlebars and hit the road hard as the photos he shared from the accident show.
"My life was literally flashing before my eyes," he said about the crash. Adding "I really thought I was going to die. I went flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life (however, perhaps they should build bike helmets that protect the side of the face too - does anyone know of one?). My bike went flying off the cliff and disappeared. We’ve since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed. My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut."
Sir Richard Branson lives up to his daredevil image. Nothing can stop the self-made man and adventurer. He also has a great sense of humor even after disaster strikes.
He told his assistant Helen who arrived on the scene first, "I’m alive! At least you’ve still got a job!”
In a Miami hospital Branson got checked with x-rays and scans. He suffered a cracked cheek and some torn ligaments. He still hopes to be able to complete the Virgin Strive Challenge next month. The Virgin Strive Challenge charity event is taking participants from the base of the Matterhorn in Switzerland to the more than 2000 kilometers to the summit of Mt Etna in Sicily, Italy.
"My biggest hardship is having to drink tea out of a straw. Oh, and being called elephant man by a six year old," says Branson about his current state.
I hope Sir Richard Branson will still be able to make his speaker appearance at the Bits & Pretzels startup event in Munich at the end of September. If he has to drink out of a straw now, I guess he can't really talk. He has still a month to recover. I was looking forward to see him there.
Via Richard Branson's blog on virgin.com.