Temple: Scottish cyclist struck on highway plans to finish round-the-world trip

Scottish cyclist Josh Quigley, who’s attempting to pedal around the world, remains in fair condition at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. (Photo by Bill Gowdy)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Scottish cyclist Josh Quigley, who’s attempting to pedal around the world, remains in fair condition at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple after he was struck and seriously injured Saturday night, but despite the setback, he said Thursday he still plans to finish the last leg of the ride from Central Texas Miami

"I feel great,” he said.

“I feel I'm in a lot of pain physically but mentally and emotionally and spiritually I just feel great. I feel very lucky to be alive,” he said.

Quigley, pedaled across the United Kingdom, Asia and Australia without significant problems, but on Saturday night his ride across the U.S. ended abruptly on a dark stretch of highway in Coryell County when a car struck him.

He was thrown from his bicycle, suffering a fractured ankle, fractured heel bone, fractured pelvis, multiple fractured ribs, a pierced lung from the rib fracture, and a fractured skull.

He also had an issue with an artery and a tube was placed in his chest to stop his lung from collapsing.

He underwent ankle surgery Monday.

"I've ridden over 13 thousand miles, through 25 countries and on four continents and was close to my finish in Miami when this happened,” he said.

He said he was told the car that hit him was traveling at a speed of 70 mph.

Quigley was flown by helicopter to Scott & White Medical Center.

He wasn’t initially sure where he was when he was struck, but Coryell County Sheriff Scott Williams confirmed the location Thursday.

"He was riding on a very dark stretch of Highway 36 between Gatesville and Temple when he was hit from behind,” Williams said.

“He's lucky to be alive. The driver of the car stopped immediately and called 911."

Although it will take Quigley a while to recover from his injuries, he says he still plans to get back on a bike and finish the around-the-world tour.

And he has another goal.

“I want to be the first Scottish person win the Tour de France, and in five years, I’m going to win it,” he said.

Quigley's journey is sponsored by the company Elixinol Europe, which said in a Facebook post Monday, "Despite this awful event, we are now even more inspired by his get up and go. Truly proud sponsors, because through the good and bad, Josh always #keepMoving."

(Megan Vanselow contributed to this story)