Maryborough man Ross Forster in stable condition, as wife describes Bendigo Madison crash as ‘freak accident’ – Ballarat Courier

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The wife of the injured spectator at Sunday night's Bendigo International Madison described the incident as a "freak accident". Maryborough man Ross Forster, 70, was watching the Madison with wife Cheryle, when on the 62nd lap of the race a crash occurred. Almost half of the field were involved in the crash, with one rider spilling over the fence into the crowd, hitting Mr Forster. "It was a freak accident and no-one is to blame, " Mrs Forster said. "Ross does have a small bleed on the brain and multiple facial fractures and may need a plate in his cheek. "Apart from that he's in pretty good spirits - he's a lucky boy. .

"We're just so thankful the cyclists weren't seriously injured, because it's such a fantastic sport. "The most important thing is Ross is okay and all of the cyclists are fine." Mrs Forster was standing next to Mr Forster at the time of the incident, which occurred on the final bend of the Tom Flood Sports Centre track. "I saw all the bikes go down and one came up over the fence - there was nothing the poor cyclist could have done to avoid it, " she said. "Ross only had a split-second to get out of the way." Mr Forster - who himself is a cyclist - still rides upwards of 100km multiple times per week. "Cycling is his true passion, end of story. .

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