Virgin Tycoon Sir Richard Branson has revealed how he feared he would die after crashing head first onto a road during a high-speed bike crash in the British Virgin Islands. The 66-year-old businessman was on a training cycle run for his latest adventure Virgin Strive Challenge, with his two children when the incident happened. He said:
‘I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a ‘sleeping policeman’ hump in the road head on. The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes. I really thought I was going to die.’
‘I went flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact.’
Sir Richard added that wearing a helmet saved his life, and his bicycle went flying off the cliff’. He continued: ‘I really couldn’t believe I was alive, let alone not paralysed.’
The first person to arrive on the scene was his assistant Helen Clarke, whom he claims to have told: ‘I’m alive! At least you’ve still got a job.’
The daredevil billionaire has a history of accidents and was attacked by a stingray in February.