Newmarket stable man, and talented cyclist, Dave Goodwin is taking part in a 100 mile cycling marathon and organising a special raffle to raise funds for a racing charity that helped him after a biking accident that nearly cost him his life.
And the top prize in the raffle is a carbon fibre road bike, custom-built by Newmarket cycle shop, Elemental Bikes, with £100 for the person who can guess Dave’s finishing time in the RideLondon event.
Dave, who lives in Paget Place and looked after two Derby winners, Slip Anchor and Commander in Chief, when he worked for the late Sir Henry Cecil, was left in a coma fighting for his life when he was knocked off his bike in May 2010.
“There’s always the possibility of something happening to you on the roads and at first I didn’t think I would make it because of my injuries but you never say never,” he said.
Despite suffering numerous broken bones, as well as damage to his lungs and kidneys, David returned to work for Bury Road trainer, Jeremy Noseda, and was soon back on his bike.
“I have been riding a bike for 30 years and the accident was a hiccup,” he said. “For about one year to 18 months now I have been in pretty good shape. I am happy the way I am going and I hope to do a respectable time. It won’t be just a plod round.”
Tickets for the raffle, which are available from High Street shop Elemental Bikes, are £5. Money raised will go towards the Newmarket-based charity, Racing Welfare, which helps stud and stable staff.
“There are so many lads in racing and you never know your luck,” he said.
“We all ride out every morning and none of us expects that it could be their last day but all it takes is a bit of really bad luck and you can be in a bad position.”