Virgin Group founder “Richard Branson” said his life flashed before his eyes as he was launched off his bike while cycling on the British Virgin Island. He has revealed on he has been in a serious bike accident in which he thought he “was going to die”. The entrepreneur was cycling in the dark on Virgin Gorda, one of the British Virgin Islands, with his children, Holly and Sam, when he hit a speed bump in the road, causing him to be flung over his handlebars.
He has now spoken out about how his “life flashed before his eyes” in the accident, which happened earlier this week and left him with a black eye and large cut on his face.
His bicycle “went flying off the cliff and disappeared”, he said.
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In a Blog post on the Virgin website, the 66-year-old said: “I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a sleeping policeman hump in the road head on. The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes. I really thought I was going to die.”
“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 said it was lucky wearing a helmet that saved my life.
“My bike went flying off the cliff and disappeared,” he said. “We’ve since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed. My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut.
“As I landed, once I realised I was alive, I began testing my movement. I really couldn’t believe I was alive, let alone not paralysed.”
Branson was taken to Miami where he underwent a series of x-rays and scans, and later posted photographs online showing his bloodied face.
The bike crash happened on the fifth anniversary of a fire which destroyed his luxury home on Necker Island.
The entrepreneur Sir Richard was cycling with his children, Holly and Sam as part of his training for the Virgin Strive Challenge endurance event from the base of the Matterhorn in the Alps to the summit of Mount Etna in Sicily.
He is hoping to pick up his training for the human endurance challenge, Virgin Strive Challenge, again next month.
“My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward,” he said.
“All you have to do is get back up and try again. At least I’m practising what I preach – though a little too literally!”
Sir Richard Branson made headlines earlier this week when his Twitter account posted CCTV images appearing to show Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn walking past empty unreserved train seats before he was filmed sitting on the floor complaining about “ram-packed” carriages on a Virgin Trains service.
He added: “My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward.
All you have to do is get back up and try again. At least I’m practicing what I preach – though a little too literally.”
It comes after Richard Branson was embroiled in a row with Jeremy Corbyn, after the Labour leader posted a video claiming there were no spare seats on a Virgin train he was travelling on.
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