AT just 20 years of age, Warrnambool’s Hayden Brodie could have been excused for thinking he would never race a bike again.
In fact, cycling was a long way off his radar as his life was about to be turned upside down.
It was at this time that he underwent open heart surgery.
“On Valentine’s Day seven years ago it was,” the 27-year-old told the Hamilton Spectator this week.
“I had a narrowing of the aortic valve, which was picked up at birth.
“The doctors at the Royal Children’s just monitored it and when I got moved to the Royal Melbourne they thought they could operate on it with this new procedure they had.
“They decided to go with it and did it seven years ago … it’s been good ever since.”
The history books will show that he not only returned to cycling, but also etched his name into district cycling folklore as the winner of the 2014 Wal Smith Memorial Casterton 50 road race.
Brodie rode as a junior, but as he grew older and realised he had to have surgery, he made the decision to stop riding.
“I had about three years … four years off,” he explained.
“I just got back into riding socially, but that wasn’t enough for me.
“I wanted to race again and got the ‘all okay’ from the doctors about three years ago to race again.”
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