TEMPLE, TX — On Dec 21. 2019, Scottish cyclist Josh Quigley was just miles away from finishing his goal of cycling around the world. In a tragic turn however, Quigley was struck by a car going 70 mph on HWY 36 in Temple, TX.
"Ten broken ribs, broken heel bone, broken ankle, fracture on my pelvic, I've got a broken artery in my brain" shared Quigley after the accident.
However, less than a year later and he's out breaking world records.
“Its 516 miles around The Highland, it’s an incredibly beautiful part of the world, but it’s challenging for cycling with a lot of hills and mountains to climb“ detailed Quigley, describing the North Coast 500, a race with a previous finish line record of 31.5 hours; a record, that's history now after Quigley took it on.
"We managed to do it by four minutes, which was so so tight, it was unbelievable, but it was a really incredible moment“ he shared.
At the moment, Quigley is cycling the 2000 mile Tour De France throughout Scotland. However, don't think he's forgotten about Texas just yet.
"At some point, hopefully in 2021, I’ll be able to get back to Texas and come and finish the challenge." Quigley noted.
As soon as the UK reopens for extensive travel, Quigley, is headed back to Temple, TX. Hoping, to finish his long awaited goal of cycling around the world. According to area police, this time, he's getting the special treatment.
"When I come back, and I go on Highway 36 again, to ride down that road, they're going to give me a police chaperon and make sure no cars be hitting me that day" Quigley shared.
Quigley had the following announcement to make.
To all cyclist out there, Quigley will be holding a group cycle from Temple Baylor Scott & White, to Austin, TX - All to raise money for the two hospitals that saved his life. Details to be announced at a later time.