Rosie determined to get back in the saddle after Cuban bus crash

Rosie Lee before her cycle in Cuba. Picture submitted

Rosie Lee before her cycle in Cuba. Picture submitted

A determined cyclist will not give up her dreams of a challenge-filled future despite a bus crash leaving her unable to get back on her wheels.

Rosie Lee battled 35 degree heat and days worth of endurance to complete a 300 mile cycle across Cuba to bring in just under £3,000 for Mencap.

But just a day after completing the gruelling five day ride, the 51 year old was involved in a bus crash leaving her in a Cuban hospital and unable to fly home.

The special police volunteer was sat at the back of a coach on the last day of her trip when she was flung forwards right down the vehicle.

The accident left her with a fractured wrist, damage to her neck and spine and broken bones all down her left side as she sat up in hospital before being allowed back to the UK.

Rosie, who lives on Warwick Road, is now back home and recovering well but said the frustration not to be able to get out on her bike is unbearable.

“I am lucky it was after the ride and that I managed to complete the challenge,” she said. “I’m battered and bruised, but all right.

“I will bounce back soon, my conviction, character and confidence tells me so.

“It was very traumatic but I am trying to focus on recovery and getting back on the road.”

And she said despite the ordeal, her time in Cuba was “fantastic” with every second worth the gruelling training.

“The ride was incredible,” she said. “We were surrounded by the most spectacular views of palm trees and the Caribbean sea.

“It was so hot, there were many mountains to climb in the heat, but it was so worth it.

“Cuba is an amazing place its like the people are stuck in a time warp, they are all always happy and there is music everywhere.”

Rosie was joined by a team of five other charity riders and started the trip just a day after arriving in the country leaving them with little time to acclimatise to the hot weather.

And she kept a diary along the way so she does not forget her special memories and all the work she has done to support Mencap.

The ride was Rosie’s fourth charity challenge and she said she has no intention of stopping there as she is already looking to the future and ways of bringing in even more funds for the Mencap charity.

Earlier this year she had her head shaved to boost the kitty and in 2010 completed a cycle challenge across India as well as hosting a Caribbean themed ‘Come Dine With Me’ night and garage sale for Kenilworth residents.

For more information on her challenges, or to donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/RosieCycleCuba2013




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