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'MIRACLE MAN' TO CYCLE WITH WIGGO'S COACH; New challenge for amazing dad.

Byline: ABBIE WIGHTWICK abbie.wightwick@walesonline.co.uk

A MOTORCYCLIST dubbed 'the miracle man' by medics after recovering from a horrific accident is training to take part in a cycle race with old school friend and British cycling coach Sir Dave Brailsford.

Dylan Lewis, 44, from Deiniolen, suffered serious brain injury, broke his back, both legs and arms, pelvis and ribs in a motorbike crash in June last year. Rushing to his side at Ysbyty Gwynedd, wife Sioned, 36, was told he wouldn't make it through the night.

But the father of four stunned medics by waking from a coma within eight weeks and taking his first steps five months later.

Now he's raised PS1,332 for the emergency services who saved him by walking 10k on crutches and is training to take part in next year's Etape Eryri Bach bike race across Snowdonia.

Among others taking part will be Sir Dave, older brother of Dylan's best friend at Ysgol Deiniolen, Andrew Brailsford. Andrew spoke to the bike champ, who trained Tour de France winner and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins, when he went to watch this year's Etape Eryri Bach and hopes to get some tips to help him complete part of the gruelling course.

"I need goals to get better or I'd just sit on the sofa," Dylan said.

He can't recall any details of the accident on June 28 last year which happened when he was driving home from his work at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in Llanberis.

Staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd resuscitated the trainee chemist several times before transferring him to the Royal Liverpool Hospital where he lay unconscious for two months.

Sioned believes friends speaking Welsh and his favourite music finally helped him wake.

"I played his favourite tracks from Stereophonics and ACDC and talked to him about what the children were doing. I'm sure it helped," she said.

"When doctors spoke to him he didn't respond but when his friend said, 'they want you to move your feet' in Welsh' he began to move them'."

Their efforts were finally rewarded when Dylan woke up eight weeks after the crash.

"He was flickering his eyes and then he woke up and asked, 'Oh my God, what happened?'," recalled Sioned Remembering the moment he woke Dylan said: "I saw the patterns on the ceiling and remembered them from being in hospital after a bike crash 10 years ago and thought, Oh no, here we go again."

After 111 days in hos-pital he went home to Sioned and children Alaw, 15, Anna 12 and twins Sion and Erin, six.

This week the Stereophonics fan handed more than PS1,332 he raised for emergency services doing the Deiniolen 10k on crutches on the first anniversary of the crash in June.

North Wales patient care umbrella charity Blue Sky, said the money would be used by Ysbyty Gwynedd's accident and emergency department.

The brave biker is now busy training on his mountain bike for his next challenge, also for the hospital.

"He's very determined," said Sioned. "He's in constant pain but just keeps going. He's amazed everyone."

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Dylan Lewis, 44, with wife Sioned and children Alaw, 15, Anna, 12 and twins Sion and Erin, six, after completing a Deiniolen 10k walk on crutches
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