ANDREW Summers was watching the Bendigo leg of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour earlier this month, when he saw a distressed rider in need of help.
The 23-year-old, who was born with mild cerebral palsy, was watching the peloton pass by when a cyclist suffered a punctured tyre. The cyclist, Sam McCallum, was without his support team and was looking for help.
That’s when Mr Summers thought he could lend a hand.
The cycling enthusiast, who rode to the beginning of King of the Mountain leg, offered to lend the cyclist the front wheel of his own road bike.
“I was watching the start of the race at One Tree Hill and I saw a young cyclist who was talking to a marshal. He was saying he had a puncture,” Mr Summers said.
“So I offered him my front wheel so he could get to the finish.”
Mr Summers said that at the end of the race Mr McCallum said he was thankful for the help.
“I went and picked up my wheel and the cyclist said ‘thank you very much’,” he said. “I think he was grateful.
“His support team wasn’t there so he would have struggled to finish the race off.”
Mr Summers is a cycling fan and has taken part in the national Para-cycling Championships in Sydney.
He is completing his fourth and final year of study at Melbourne’s La Trobe University for a degree in prosthetics and orthotics.