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Richard Branson in horror bike smash: Daredevil billionaire shares pictures of his injuries after flying off his bicycle after hitting pothole in Virgin Gorda

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  • The billionaire Virgin founder said he ‘crashed hard’ in the cycling accident 

Richard Branson has shared a photo of his injuries after hitting a pothole and flying off his bike in Virgin Gorda. 

The billionaire Virgin founder said he ‘crashed hard’ in the cycling accident – but said luckily he managed to avoid breaking any bones. 

Daredevil Branson posted an image of the aftermath on Instagram and wrote: ‘Took quite a big tumble while cycling in Virgin Gorda a little while ago!

‘I hit a pothole and crashed hard, resulting in another hematoma on my hip and a nasty cut elbow, but amazingly nothing broken.

‘We were cycling with Alex Wilson, who fell after me, but thankfully he was ok as well.

Richard Branson has shared an image of his injuries on Instagram after a cycling accident 

‘I’m counting myself very lucky, and thankful for keeping myself active and healthy.

‘After all, the brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all!’

More than a thousand followers sent him messages of support following the social media post yesterday. 

He was described by his supporters as ‘brave’ and ‘amazing’ as some warned him to be careful and passed on get well soon wishes. 

This is not the first cycling smash Branson has had. In 2021 he suffered a ‘colossal’ bicycle crash after his brakes failed while taking part in an endurance charity race across the British Virgin Islands. 

He flew off his bike and crashed onto the hard concrete road on the island of Tortola. 

At the time he feared he had broken his back after colliding with another rider during day two of the Strive BVI event – which sees fitness fanatics complete a series of gruelling water and land-based challenges over the course of several days. 

Following the 2021 incident he had to be treated for severe cuts and bruises on his elbow, an ‘extraordinarily big bump’ on his hip and a ‘massive’ hematoma on his leg.

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson suffered a 'colossal' bike crash during a charity event on the British Virgin Islands  in 2021 (Pictured: Sir Richard gives thumbs up as he gets in van to be taken to hospital)

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson suffered a ‘colossal’ bike crash during a charity event on the British Virgin Islands  in 2021 (Pictured: Sir Richard gives thumbs up as he gets in van to be taken to hospital)

The Virgin founder said he had to be treated for severe cuts and bruises on his elbow, an 'extraordinarily big bump' on his hip (pictured) and a 'massive' hematoma on his leg in 2021

The Virgin founder said he had to be treated for severe cuts and bruises on his elbow, an ‘extraordinarily big bump’ on his hip (pictured) and a ‘massive’ hematoma on his leg in 2021

The billionaire feared he had broken his back after colliding with another rider (Pictured moments after 2021 collision)

The billionaire feared he had broken his back after colliding with another rider (Pictured moments after 2021 collision) 

In a blog post on his Virgin website, the father-of-three had said there was ‘no question’ that wearing a helmet saved his life.

The entrepreneur had also shared photos from moments after the crash which showed him laying on his back next to fellow rider Felix Stellmaszek. 

In another shot the tycoon was seen smiling with his thumb up while holding an ice pack, while pictured getting into the van which took him to the Virgin Gorda hospital.

Meanwhile other snaps showed a huge, bloodied lump on his left hip and a heavily bruised and scratched arm through his torn cycling shirt.  

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