Wilson Renwick: Pursuing a new career
PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 8:36PM 17 OCT 2016
WILSON RENWICK is attempting a dramatic career change, swapping horsepower for pedal power, as he announced his retirement from the saddle on Monday.
Jump jockey Renwick has not ridden under rules since last suffering multiple injuries in a fall at Market Rasen in May 2015.
Nerve damage sustained in his left arm has ultimately forced Renwick to call time on his career, and he told BBC Sport: “As well as the concussion, I broke a vertebra in my neck, my collarbone, my jawbone and a couple of ribs, and they’ve all healed.
“But nerve damage in my left arm means some of the muscle has wasted away and I’ve lost power in it, which won’t come back, so that’s it.”
However, there are no problems with Renwick’s legs, and he is now going to try and succeed as an elite cyclist, competing in endurance events.
Attached to the Italian team Parentini, Renwick is doing well in his new discipline. His switch in career path has obvious similarities to Olympian Victoria Pendleton, who succeeded in her goal of riding at last season’s Cheltenham Festival.
“I have no solid plans, but doing a Pendleton in reverse and becoming a professional cyclist is the dream,” Renwick added.
“Victoria did brilliantly getting to Cheltenham, and going some way to trying to emulate what she did would be quite something.”