The penultimate day saw the race arrive in Bristol with the individual time trial and a 15 km circuit race in the centre of Bristol recently.
But long after the competitive riders have left, Bristol still remains the first city in the UK to be called a Cycling City with good facilities for walkers and cyclists. The Sustrans Charity was set up in Bristol in 1977 with a vision to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists and has gone from strength to strength in the city, which is becoming one of Europe's most bike friendly destinations.
Not surprising then that cycling is so popular in Bristol and what can be healthier out in the fresh air? And of course it's safe, isn't it? Well it would be if we could get everywhere by cycle path and not have to travel on roads amongst the traffic.
So sadly accidents happen all too often and injuries resulting from a collision with a car are frequently very serious indeed. Many cyclists still choose not to wear a helmet and although this is not illegal (as opposed to wearing a seatbelt in a car), there is still a strong likelihood that any compensation awarded to an injured cyclist will be reduced by around 15% for failing to wear one.
Many high performance bikes, including electric bikes, can be very expensive and not all are insured. So the loss of a bike can be costly on top of suffering injuries in any accident.
As part of a personal injury claim, any expenses incurred as a result of an accident can be claimed on top of a lump sum award for the injuries. These expenses usually include loss of earnings, which can be substantial if the injuries are serious.
At Augustines Injury Law we are specialists in all types of accident claims and have dealt with serious cycling injuries, including a catastrophic brain injury which was successful in the Court of Appeal.