Rough landing . . . Zeno Baston is still recovering from his accident.
Rough landing . . . Zeno Baston is still recovering from his accident.

Ride ends in gutter

ZENO Baston arrived in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday on four wheels.

He had hoped it would be two, but a nasty accident on Sawtell Road three weeks ago put a stop to that.

The Boambee 49-year-old was training for a Sydney to Gold Coast charity bicycle ride when he noticed a four-wheel-drive and caravan behind him. He pulled over to give them room to pass but he ended up in a gutter.

“My bike went from underneath me and I fell onto the road,” Zeno said.

“Then, the caravan accidentally sideswiped me while I was on the ground.”

The driver and other motorists rushed to his aid. He thought he only had a few scratches until he looked down and saw a pool of blood.

His buttock had been torn open and he had to be hospitalised for a week. Even now, he's still incredibly sore and bruised.

“I lost a lot of blood,” Zeno said.

“I will get back on my bike but I'll be a bit cautious for a while.”

So when the Youth Off The Streets ride made it to Coffs Harbour this week, Zeno was riding in a support car instead of on his beloved Italian racer.

That's how determined he was to be involved.

“I would have liked to have ridden, but what can you do,” he said.

The ride ends today when the 155 participants hope to amass $200,000 for the charity.



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