I am a keen mountain biker and I regularly cycle in the South Downs National Park. I live in Eastbourne close to the foot of the Downs. On Saturday 6th June 2020 I set off early on my electric bike and headed for Friston Forest via the Long Man of Wilmington. This was my first ride on the electric bike and I decided to extend my ride over the Seven Sisters as I would not ordinarily do so on my manual bike. I was eager to get home soon as the weather was about to change.
The Seven Sisters are very challenging, especially towards the end of a ride. The weather was still glorious and, with the aid of the electric motor, I had bags of energy in reserve. I descended down a very steep incline in excess of 40mph, briefly took in the view of the sea to my right, before focusing on the route ahead. I was suddenly confronted by a large steep mound. Too late to avoid it, I hit the mound and was thrown over the handlebars; I landed at least 15ft away from my bike.
My feet were cleated into the pedals and the bike veered to the left, whereas I went to the right. My electric mountain bike is twice the weight of my manual bike and I believe that the weight, in conjunction with the cleats, contributed to my right leg double femur fracture. I landed on my back but fortunately my rucksack cushioned the blow and this resulted in severe bruising, but no further breakages.
Coincidentally, a walker had just passed me in the opposite direction and I called out for help. He promptly came to my side. We were in no doubt that I would need the assistance of the emergency services. He had a very weak mobile phone signal so he had to climb the hill in order to summon help. In his absence my right leg swelled to more than double the size. I felt all around my back for signs of breaks and I was relieved to discover that it appeared to be just swelling and bruising. I removed my rucksack and helmet and set about supporting my injured leg and finding a more comfortable lying position as it was clear that it would be some time before help would arrive. I removed my mobile phone from my rucksack and I was relieved to discover that I had quite a strong signal. I phoned my wife who alerted the emergency services.
Within minutes my wife phoned me back and instructed me to ring 999 direct in order for them to triangulate my location via a text message they sent to my phone. It contained three words which were elects, perfume, bluffing. By saying those words they were able to find my location.