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Watch: Pro uses spectator's bike to ride Commonwealth Games

Isle of Man rider Sam Brand saved by kindhearted spectator

Joe Robinson
17 Apr 2018

Sam Brand was realising a dream. The diabetic Novo Nordisk rider was racing on the Gold Coast of Australia, representing his small island of the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games.

It was all going to plan until a crash in the first 5km and multiple mechanicals saw him distanced from the bunch behind the peloton and more importantly behind the support vehicles.

That could have been the end of his race if not for a valiant spectator on the side of the road who noticed Brand was in need. 

The spectator swapped his standard Specialized S-Works Tarmac for Brand's team issue Colnago Concept. Brand then managed to continue riding, not only finishing the lap but also completing another of the 18.6km circuit.

Brand then went back to the roadside spectator to swap back his bike and thank him in person for helping him continue.

The Isle of Man rider unfortunately did not finish the race but shared his gratitude with the generous spectator and the supportive crowd that urged him on further.

Writing in his tweet, Brand said, 'The support I was afforded by the amazing gentleman, the superb support on the roads, the Isle of Man team, my parents at the finish line and everyone back at home has been truly heartwarming.

'Yesterday I wasn't able to complete the race or give my teammates my support throughout the entirety of it but I hope, with the brief time I was in it, I gave someone affected by diabetes some hope that they can chase their dreams.'

This is not the first time that spectator generosity has come to the aid of a professional rider. 

In 2016, America Tyler Farrar crashed on stage three of the Tour Down Under, wrecking his bike. Farrar then borrowed not only the bike but the shoes of a spectator in order to finish the stage and remain in the race.

As a thank you, Farrar then gifted the kindhearted man a full set of his Dimension Data kit.

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