STILL SMILING: Marco Brandli, alongside his daughter Isabella, is planning on getting back on his bike after he was struck by a car in Coffs Harbour.
STILL SMILING: Marco Brandli, alongside his daughter Isabella, is planning on getting back on his bike after he was struck by a car in Coffs Harbour. David Barwell

Marco has his sights set on cycle return

WELL known passionate cyclist Marco Brandli is vowing to get back on the bike after he was struck by a car in Coffs Harbour.

The sprightly octogenarian is making a speedy recovery from a fractured pelvis he received when he was knocked from his bike on the Earl and Albany St roundabout earlier this month.

The accident occurred as Marco was training to take part in next week's 60km Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge.

"All I could feel was a big bang and then a lot of people came and helped me up from the road," Marco said.

Doctors say the fracture will take around six weeks to heal before he can commence physical therapy to return to full health.

Marco, who has been riding since the age of 15, said he was disappointed to miss next week's Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge where we would have been the most senior entrant.

"Last year I missed out because I was in Europe so I was looking forward to taking part," he said.

"At least here (in hospital) there is a television so I'm able to watch the Tour de France at night - it's not all bad."

Often seen around town riding his bike, Marco said he was already planning on getting back in the bicycle seat once he's on the mend.

"I've put my name in for the Australian Masters Games on October 5 in Adelaide and that is still my next goal," he said.

With his sense of humour still very much intact, Marco remains upbeat and says he's determined to start training as soon as possible.

"There is nothing that could stop me from cycling," he said.

"It's a good mode of transportation - you smell the fresh air and it's good for you... as long as you don't get hit."



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