Businessman wants to say thank you to helpful cyclists

Andy Shiach wants to say thank you to the three cyclists that helped him last Wednesday when his car struck a pothole near Shutford. NNL-151222-112316001
Andy Shiach wants to say thank you to the three cyclists that helped him last Wednesday when his car struck a pothole near Shutford. NNL-151222-112316001
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A businessman who works in Banbury is looking to get in touch with three cyclists who helped change the tyre of his car after it struck a pothole near Shutford.

Andy Shiach is managing director of Advanced Communications Solutions based on the Beaumont Industrial Estate and was driving home at about 6.15pm last Wednesday when he came across the three cyclists.

After carefully avoiding the trio in the darkness his vehicle then struck a pothole and forced him to come to a halt about 50 yards further ahead.

But in an act of kindness, not only did the cyclists stopped to ask Mr Shiach if he was OK, they offered to change the tyre in the pouring rain.

Now Mr Shiach is looking to speak to the three cyclists that helped, and says that his faith in human kindness has been restored.

He said: “I live in Shutford during the week so had left the office and stopped by the fish and chip shop en route to home. I don’t the area that well but it was a horrible night and I was travelling down a single track lane when I saw three guys in front of me.

“I pulled out to get past but managed to drive into a big pothole that was in the road and I couldn’t see. I thought I could get home as I was only a mile away but it was going to cause some serious damage to my car so had to stop. I put my head in my hands and thought this is all I need.”

But Mr Shiach added that while he was stationary in his car, the cyclists stopped next to him and asked if he was OK before offering the change the tyre in the horrible conditions.

He said: “They stopped beside the car and said they would change the tyre as they felt they were responsible. It was pouring down with rain but five to ten minutes later I was back on the road and even managed to safe the fish and chips as well.

“I think cyclists do not have the best reputation on the roads as people say they are always in the way. But I was so touched by what they did because most people would not have done what they did, they felt really bad about what happened to the car and it really seemed to bother them.

“I was blown away by the selflessness. They did not have to do that and could have just rode on, it was really touching.”

Were you one of the cyclists that helped Mr Shiach last Wednesday? Get in touch by calling 01295 227792 or email editorial@banburyguardian.co.uk