Hip replacement patient plans to cycle up Mt Ventoux
Thursday 2 March 2017
We treated rather special patient at Mount Stuart Hospital recently. Mr Colin Lewis is an ex-professional racing cyclist who has just had a hip replacement at Mount Stuart Hospital. Colin had his other hip replaced two and a half years ago at Mount Stuart Hospital and was back on his bike within 4 weeks!
Colin started racing at 19 and took part in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He has also completed the Tour de France, competed in the commonwealth games and won the British National Road Race Championships in 1967 and 1968.
The great story behind Colin’s hip replacements is that he was the room mate of a very famous British cyclist named Tom Simpson during the 1967 Tour de France. Tom unfortunately died on the infamous climb of Mt. Ventoux during stage 13 which began in Marseille. This year is the 50th anniversary of Tom's death and Colin will be cycling up the mountain in memory of Tom. Hence the reason to do his hips. It was reported that Tom's last words were "put me back on my bike" just before he died a few yards further up the road. Mr Blake, Colin’s surgeon said “ I consider it an honour for us to be able to put Colin Lewis, a British cycling legend, back on his bike again so as to be able to remember his friend.”
Colin was delighted with the care he received at Mount Stuart Hospital and said "The service is exemplary and the staff are totally focussed on care and attention. It has been a supportive experience and I am exceptionally grateful."
As chairman of the Mid Devon Cycling Club, Colin is also very active in raising money for his local hospice, Rowcroft, who cared for his wife in her last few weeks of life. In 2011 Colin organised a charity turbo trainer challenge with members of the club who cycled almost 300 miles outside Sainsbury’s in Paignton raising over £1000 for the hospice.