Gee, what a fighter
Christchurch cyclist Jonathan Gee will compete in the 100-kilometre Le Race this weekend, less than a year after a cycling accident left him in a coma for six weeks.
Gee got back on his bike in October, six months after suffering spinal injuries, broken ribs and brain trauma after being hit by a car in Ferry Rd, Christchurch.
He overcame the symptoms of fatigue common with severe brain injury to rebuild his fitness and begin competing again.
Gee hopes to finish in the top 20 in the Christchurch-Akaroa cycle race on Saturday. He has been training for between two and five hours a day, six days a week.
"It has been good. I was starting from almost when I first started riding. You have to train really hard," he said.
"When I first started riding again I was still recovering, but I did it anyway. The doctors did not say not to do it, but they were sceptical I would be able to because I was getting so fatigued."
Gee's coach, former New Zealand track coach Terry Gyde, is impressed with his speedy recovery.
"The mere fact he can ride a bike is staggering. His recovery level is immense. The fact he survived is amazing," Gyde said.
This year's Le Race is the first under the new ownership of Simon Hollander and Mainland Cycling, who bought the event from Astrid Anderson.