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Alistair Corkett update: On the mend, funding campaign nearing $65,000, event planned

Posted by on May 13th, 2015 at 10:57 am


OBRA Executive Director Kenji Sugahara and Alistair Corkett.
(Photo courtesy Kenji Sugahara)

It’s been only three days since Alistair Corkett experienced a life-changing event. He was cycling on Southeast 26th Ave when he was involved in a collision that resulted in the loss of his leg. A budding bike racer, Corkett now faces a long road to recovery and a mountain of medical bills.

Here’s a quick update of how Corkett is doing and how the community is responding to this tragic incident:

— In just two days Corkett’s fundraising campaign on has shot up to $63,894 thanks to donations from over 1,100 people. The fundraising goal is $100,000 to help with medical bills and get him back to school to complete his degree. An update shared on the campaign page says he underwent a second successful surgery yesterday that was aimed at prepping his leg for a prosthetic.

— Kenji Sugahara, executive director of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, visited Corkett in the hospital yesterday. Sugahara posted the image above on Facebook and said that Corkett is smiling, positive, and already thinking about bike racing despite the circumstances. “He’s a strong guy,” Sugarhara shared with me this morning, “It’s going to be a long recovery process but it’s great seeing the community support.”


“He is planning to finish the season on his bike… nothing can keep that boy down!”
— Julia Corkett, Alistair’s mom

— Corkett has seen an outpouring of support from family, his co-workers at Bike Gallery and his Monster Media teammates. When I chatted with his mom Julia Corkett at the protest on Monday she mentioned that four of his “training buddies” spent the first night in the hospital with him.

— Corkett has medical insurance but the driver of the truck he collided with does not. That means he’ll rely heavily on fundraising to cover expenses that aren’t covered by his policy (which only has short-term disability of three months while his recovery will likely take a year).

— To help raise money, Corkett’s coach (and “father figure” according to his mom) Bryant Howard is organizing a Bike Swap event on May 24th. He’s urging everyone to clean out their garages and closets and sell their used cycling gear with proceeds going to Corkett’s recovery fund (sellers can decide what portion of sales are donated). The event is scheduled for May 24th from 10-2pm at O2 Endurance Training Center in southeast Portland (3015 SE Berkeley Place). To reserve a space (booth fee is $25) contact or call (503) 318-7930.

— A legal team is already working to find out more about how the collision happened. Corkett has a lawyer and the Multnomah County DA is currently investigating the case.

And if you think Corkett is done racing bikes — think again. According to his mom, he has wasted no time planning his return. “He is already planning his training with Bryant. He is planning to finish the season on his bike… nothing can keep that boy down!”

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If Brian Willson can still bike at 74, having lost both legs 28 years ago, I bet Alastair can! Wishing you all the best!

Tony T

“the driver of the truck he collided with does not (have insurance)”

And from the BP article the other day:

“Allen was convicted on both charges after failing to appear. He has two other prior run-ins with the law, including convictions in 1998 for driving without insurance and failure to renew his automobile registration.”

If this guy gets his license back . . . well, we know that he will. The privilege to drive is harder to lose than the right to vote.

rachel b
rachel b

Wow–he’s a tough one! Wishing him all the best and looking forward to hearing he’s racing again.


What is Alisters FB page? I will donate a bunch of NOS bike parts to the sale his coach is raising money at. I can also help with a trike for recover and future racing plans he may have.

PDX Trikes


Hi everyone, I’m a personal injury attorney and I’ve had the privilege of representing several cyclists. I cannot stress enough how important it is to buy quality car insurance. It covers you when you’re riding or walking. I’m really happy that Alistair has great community support, but not everyone is so fortunate. It’s actually pretty cheap to get quality coverage, and as this sad story shows, you cannot count on the other person to be responsible for buying insurance. If you don’t drive or own a car, pay a friend to become a named insured on his/her policy. It can save you from bankruptcy and personal ruin.
See y’all at the swap meet for Alistair!

Tina McNerthney
Tina McNerthney

Can you post where folks can drop off donations if they don’t want to participate in swap meet but do have old bikes or bike parts and accessories to donate?

Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy

I have found no mention of the way the pickup’s rear bumper was mounted.

It has a direct bearing on why and how Corkett’s leg was severed. the original bumper was moved back with a step extentin added well inside of the wrapping bumper. This created a captive cythe when Corkett hit the rear of the box while trying to avoid the collision. His foot was in the retaining pedal and the mass of his body then ripped his lower leg off when the bumper snapped his bones. The design of the bumper, if it had been left original, would have just brushed away the impact, and Corkett would not have even broken his leg in the impact.
The modified bumper should be regarded as intent.