A regular cyclist along Echuca's Scenic Drive was thrown off his bike and down the river bank into the Murray River on Wednesday after hitting a pothole.By Jess Craig
An Echuca man is counting his lucky stars following a frightening bike accident on Wednesday.
Troy Clymo rides his bike regularly on Scenic Drive, but the bush track’s uneven surface brought him unstuck on Wednesday morning.
Mr Clymo, who has an acquired brain injury, hit a pothole on his bike and ended up in the Murray River.
The pothole was located about 1.5km along the road, after the bitumen ends.
‘‘I was going quite fast, probably a bit too fast,’’ Mr Clymo said.
‘‘I hit the pothole and just lost control of the bike.
‘‘I just went with it, and it went off the edge of the road and down the river bank.’’
Mr Clymo clung to the bike as it plunged down the river bank, over broken slabs of concrete and fallen branches, and into the river.
He hit his head on the concrete, destroying his helmet and damaging his bike and other equipment.
‘‘I was lucky not to be knocked unconscious and then fall in the water,’’ he said.
The experience was particularly dangerous, as Mr Clymo sustained a serious head injury in a boat accident around seven years ago.
‘‘The helmet definitely saved me, I can’t say that enough,’’ Mr Clymo said.
‘‘If I had hit my head again, it could have been very dangerous.
‘‘I’m lucky I didn’t break any bones.
Mr Clymo said he managed to climb back up the bank with his bike and find a friend who he’d seen walking along Scenic Drive prior to the accident, who brought him home.
Now, Mr Clymo is calling for priority to be given to fixing potholes and dangerous roads around the area.
‘‘Most of the time this track (Scenic Dve) is really good, but there are some areas that need work,’’ Mr Clymo said.
‘‘Bike riding is something I do daily, but some of the roads around here are shocking, they’re dangerous for bike riders.
‘‘Sometimes you’re forced to ride on the side of the road, which is generally unsealed, and there’s gravel and potholes.
‘‘There could definitely be more done to improve the conditions of the roads.
‘‘Echuca is a tourist town, and we should be doing more to develop bike tracks in the area so tourists and locals can enjoy the environment.’’
Campaspe Shire Council is the committee of management for the Scenic Dve area, though the area is not included in the road management plan as it is not technically a road.
‘‘We still inspect it — as it’s a fire service track — and also will respond to service requests in line with requests from the community,’’ the Campaspe Shire spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said Scenic Dve was graded and tidied up around this time last year.
An inspection is expected to take place in coming weeks.
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