Kilphedar wonderwoman Kerry Macphee has vowed to get straight back on her bike following a high-speed bicycle pile-up while training in Spain.
Macphee, from the village in South Uist, was pedalling among a group of 10 fellow Scottish national squad cyclists when the pack hit the tar at more than 50kmh.
Kerry and Charline Joiner were among the injured, and were taken to Hospital de Figueres, where Kerry was diagnosed with concussion and left sporting a severely bruised face. But the news for Charline was worse, as the Commonwealth silver medallist has a fractured back.
Speaking to the Gazette from Girona, Spain, Kerry recalled the accident: “We were doing a hard through and off effort for half an hour in a group going at about 50km an hour, and it was just a slight change of pace by one person which met somebody else, touched wheels and crashed.
“We had cycled 145km the day before and had done about 120km up until the point we crashed out on the road near a place called Figueres. Nobody is to blame, it happens a lot in cycling. I was concussed and confused and Charline was in a lot of pain, so we were taken to hospital.”
The 27-year-old sportsstar is a huge hope for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games despite having only concentrated on cycling seriously last year.
“I am a strong contender for the road race team and Scottish cycling have planned a programme for me over the next four months which will take me all over – Belgium, Italy, back here in Girona, England, Switzerland.
“This is to give me the best chance to qualify for the road and mtb team, which is crazy as I never ever thought I could be in that position so quickly. I’m getting stronger and stronger on the bike, so I just need to keep going that way and stay healthy.
“It’s great to be here and I feel really privileged, so just making the most out of every opportunity and doing everything I can to make sure I get on that start line in July. It wasn’t until March that I started taking cycling more seriously and in October, I stopped doing triathlon and my cycling improved massively.”
Kerry, who is juggling her rise to the top of Scottish sport alongside three jobs, pedalled onto the podium at the Belgian Cup with an impressive third place finish, which led to her being steered onto the Scottish cycling development programme for mountain biking.
From there, she joined a camp with fellow female riders for road endurance which proved to be a match made in heaven for the Hebridean heroine.
Now Kerry has her eye trained on this summer’s Commonwealth Games, and despite her current injuries she is already back on her bike.
“I did an easy pedal on the turbo this morning (Monday) and will do an easy one tomorrow (Tuesday) to assess how I respond and I should be back on the bike on Wednesday.
“I have always wanted to excel in sport and I think I may have finally found my thing. I still have a long way to go, and I am still holding down three jobs – so it will be good when I can start dedicating more time to training and really get the best out of myself.”
Last summer, Kerry was part of the hugely-successful Natwest Island Games squad which returned from Bermuda laden with silverware – Kerry winning two gold and two bronzes.
“Bermuda was great as it gave me a taste of being part of a large-scale event,” added Kerry.
“I had an incredible experience, one of the best experiences of my life and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to represent the islands and medal for them. The support was unbelievable from back home.
“Confidence-wise, it has probably helped, but I had the Commonwealth Games as a goal before I went out there. I guess it just gave me a good opportunity to show I am serious about being an athlete and being the best I can be.”