Sad news to report today as James Cracknell (the British Olympic rowing champion who set his sights on swimming, biking, running and rowing across America) was hit by car in Arizona and suffered a fractured skull.
You may recall from THIS story that Cracknell was in the process of attempt to race across the entire breadth of North America, from Los Angeles to New York City in only sixteen days, and set a new endurance World Record.
That quest came to a sudden end near Winslow, Arizona at 5:30 a.m. as Cracknell was struck by a truck from behind on a quiet stretch of Arizona highway and fractured his skull. By most accounts his bike helmet saved his life.
The truck driver called an ambulance "and Cracknell was rushed to a local hospital before being transferred to Phoenix, Arizona, where his wife, Beverley, and family are at his bedside.
Despite his head injuries, described by medics as “moderate to severe”, Cracknell did not lose consciousness and was able to talk to paramedics," according to British newspaper the Telegraph.
A statement by the Discovery Channel which was chronicling the record quest read, "At approximately 0530 (PCT), 1330 (GMT) on 20 July, James Cracknell was involved in a road traffic accident while cycling in Winslow, Arizona. James was taken to hospital where is being treated for a head injury. He is conscious and his condition is stable; doctors have said he is making good progress. His wife and family are at his side as he continues to recover.”