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by Shane Stokes

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Girdlestone: ‘I’m nowhere near where I used to be’

by CyclingTips

He’s made an astounding comeback from a near-death crash, and Keagan Girdlestone has long made clear his plans to return to the pro peloton. However in a frank and courageous post on the De Velo website, he has accepted that he has an uphill battle to get back to where he feels he should be.

Here’s an excerpt:

Now, I’m not a professional anymore. However, I believe it’s still one hundred percent possible for me to get back there. It’s going to be harder than ever. Starting over. From scratch, with internal damage that will make it incredibly difficult for me to overcome. At the moment I’d classify myself as “normal” and all things considered, it’s amazing and an absolute blessing. However, I know I have so much more to gain.

The hardest part of all my rehab is unfortunately not behind me. I thought, once I could ride again it’ll all be second nature and all the power I had before would just come back because I’ve done it before. I was sorely mistaken! Making the jump from a “normal” cyclist to “elite” or “pro” cyclist level is a massive jump.

This is now becoming the most challenging obstacle I’m facing. My “normal” has now become my “new normal”. I am nowhere near where I used to be.

Click through to read the full post at De Velo, including his determined conclusion.