Video: He fought back from the brink of death, now Girdlestone faces another battle

Story and videography: Gordon Findlater Video editing: Shelley Robinson, Geoff Sloan

In June 2016, Keagan Girdlestone was feared dead after crashing into the back of a team vehicle while racing in Italy.

He severed his carotid artery and jugular vein, suffered bruising to the brain and several strokes, and went into cardiac arrest on the operating table.

He was told by doctors he would never ride again. But in July, the Christchurch rider travelled to France to race in Europe for the first time since making a remarkable physical recovery.

However, what was about to unfold in France has left the 21-year-old with another barrier to overcome.


  1. Re Keagan Girdlestones battle: NLP has a procedure that can truly help. It helped me no ends after a car accident. Every time I was even so much as thinking about being in a similar scenario again I mentally completely spun out…tried to override it but quite simply couldnt. This went on for 2 years until a friend who is an NLP master practitioner with immense experience heard what was happening, sat me down and took me through a 20 minute process. It cleared…complletely, and instantly right there and then..