Cambodia crash trauma wont deter Baslow bikers


A 9,000-mile Asia charity ride turned into a nightmare for two fundraising cyclists when their support coach crashed - but the determined pair have vowed to continue.

Dave Cook and Paul Cave of Baslow were travelling through Cambodia on their Action4Asia tour when the coach carrying their team crashed at speed, ran into a deep ditch and overturned.

Two of their friends – Catherine Henson and Arja Soermo – were hospitalised following the crash, and their laptop and a camera stolen from the wreckage.

Former Lady Manners School student Dave said: “We are continuing with the expedition as planned but the crash has put us a few days behind schedule. We shall make up the time by cycling quicker.

“We expected setbacks during the expedition and the crash is just one of them. Too much time and effort have gone into planning the expedition to give up at this stage and we plan to carry on as soon as the situation with Arja and Catherine is resolved.”

He said that Catherine, who was on a short visit to the team from Norway, was given an MRI scan and found to have internal bleeding at the back of her head. She may now be flown to Bangkok for more specialist treatment.

Arja and Catherine were travelling on the bus from Siem-Reap to Phnom-Penh because Cambodian customs officials would not allow the expedition’s support vehicle to travel through the country.

Action4Asia is a 203-day ride through South East Asia documenting the lives of the continent’s poorest people. They are raising money for UNICEF and Wirksworth Rotary Club ’s aquabox project.