A CYCLIST involved in a “terrifying” accident used his compensation money to buy a new bike – and is now on course to become the new Bradley Wiggins.
Alex Kinsley smashed into the windscreen of a car that mowed him down, and was awarded £4000 compensation which he used to buy a new racer.
He is now one of the hottest tickets on the junior cycling circuit and has been likened to a young Bradley Wiggins – the Tour de France and Olympic champion.
Alex said: “My goals for this year are taking part in as many competitions as I can while completing my Highers.”
The Portobello talent was using a friend’s borrowed road bike when he was sent crashing by a motorist in Duddingston Road in February 2012.
The schoolboy – 15 at the time – was cycling home from rugby training when a car turning right at a crossroads into Baileyfield Road cut him down.
Now 17 years old, the up and coming Edinburgh Road Club (ERC) racer is well on his way to becoming a professional cyclist and has been selected for the Scottish Junior Performance Programme 2014.
He has also been awarded a one-year sponsorship deal by specialist law firm, Cycle Law Scotland, who handled his claim following the smash.
Alex said: “I was only wearing my jogging bottoms and a T-shirt the day of my crash but luckily my helmet and backpack helped protect me from more serious injuries.
“Even though it was a pretty terrifying experience, I’m grateful I was able to walk away without too much damage.”
Following his recovery, Alex approached Cycle Law Scotland to raise a civil case against the driver of the car and won a compensation claim of over £4000.
Alex put the money towards replacing the borrowed ERC bike and invested in his own race bike. From this point, his passion and dedication for the sport grew.
Alex entered and won his first event, the Gifford Road Race, in April last year. He then went on to compete across Scotland in 21 other races winning a further three and achieving his Cat 2 cycling licence, which will enable him to compete at a much higher level this season.
He added: “2013 was an amazing year for me and I’ve had a fantastic time training and competing. I really wasn’t aware of my ability until I got to train with [coach] Gareth George and race against other people.”
At the end of last season, Alex’s ability to fund his talent was under pressure and he was forced to seek out sponsorship if he was going to be able to continue racing. It was then that he decided to approach CLS to investigate whether they would be keen to help him achieve his goals of racing across the UK and eventually being picked for a professional team.
Cycle Law Scotland founder Brenda Mitchell said: “We met up with Alex again at the first Pedal on Parliament event and were very glad to see that he was using his settlement to further his cycling career. Alex is clearly a very talented cyclist which is why we are delighted to sponsor him. We are dedicated to supporting cycling at grass roots level and we wish Alex all the best.”