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Your evening longread: 'I couldn't move my legs - I knew my life would change forever'

It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

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EVERY WEEK, WE bring you a round-up of the best longreads of the past seven days in Sitdown Sunday.

And now, every weeknight, we bring you an evening longread to enjoy which will help you to escape the news cycle. 

We’ll be keeping an eye on new longreads and digging back into the archives for some classics.

Surviving a serious crash

Pro racer Paul Basagoitia was seriously injured in an extreme mountain biking competition. Here’s how dealt with it. 

(BBC, approx 18 mins reading time)

“When I dropped in, everything was going to plan to be honest. “I was mostly stressed out about the big backflip and I did that perfectly.” Next, as he raced down the rugged terrain, Paul had to pull off landing a 40-foot drop. But, coming in with too much speed, he overshot by just a couple of feet. “There’s not really much room for error,” he says. His pedal got caught on a branch and he flipped over his handlebars, down over a ledge and straight onto his back.

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