How Sheffield Nonna’s boss Gian served up crash course

Nonna's owner Gian Bohan is stretchered away after his 70mph bike smash
Nonna's owner Gian Bohan is stretchered away after his 70mph bike smash

HE’S more into continental coffees than cycle crashes.

So spare a thought for Gian Bohan, the owner of popular Sheffield bar and restaurant Nonna’s on Ecclesall Road.

Gian was midway through his stretch of the Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam - a charity bike ride through Europe with rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio and ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff - when he took a tumble off his bike - at 70kph.

He was bandaged up and stretchered away in dramatic scenes - but amazingly he got away unscathed with the only thing battered and hurting being his pride.

Gian said the accident happened when he was whipping through an S-bend.

He lost his line at just shy of 70kph - about 40mph - and flew around the bend going straight into the bank on the side of the road with a sickening crunch.

Emergency crews were quickly on the scene but thankfully Gian was ok.

He said: “I’m more than a week into my ride across Italy, with sporting stars and amazing cyclists by my side.

“Set off one day on a challenging ride, smashing down a steep hill at 70kph and I overcook on a bend.

“My body unravels and I find myself hitting a grass bank head first.

“Paramedics were on the scene and whisked me off to hospital where they put me through the X-ray. Luckily nothing broken. I was more shaken than anything and my face had seen better days but I had to get back on the bike and catch up with the team.

“The next few days are going to be tough and I need all the help I can get to get me through.”

Gian is taking part in the second leg of the five stage ride across Greece, Italy, Switzerland and France alongside the former sports stars.

He has pledged to raise £3,000 for the Dallaglio Foundation, the AF Foundation and Virgin Unite.

The Dallaglio Foundation is supporting Cancer Research UK’s prostate cancer project; the AF Foundation, set up by Andrew and Rachael Flintoff, is a children’s charity raising funds to build, develop and improve child rehabilitation and physiotherapy Units throughout the UK and Virgin Unite helps young people in the UK to increase their employability and entrepreneurialism.

Log on to www.virginmoneygiving.com/gianbohan1 to sponsor Gian.