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Richard Branson says he is determined to complete a gruelling 1,250-mile charity challenge despite a near-deadly cycle crash

But that isn’t going to stop him from completing a 30-day challenge from Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland to Mount Etna in Sicily.

Sir Richard Branson with his children Sam and Holly standing at the foot of the Matterhorn mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland

The 66-year-old escaped the smash with cuts, a cracked cheek and a damaged knee, while training in the Caribbean on August 22

Sir Richard Branson with his children Sam and Holly standing at the foot of the Matterhorn mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland

Sir Richard Branson after he was involved in an accident when he crashed his bicycle on Virgin Gorda, one of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean

Sir Richard Branson after he was involved in an accident when he crashed his bicycle on Virgin Gorda, one of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean

Sir Richard Branson (second right) with his children Sam (left) and Holly (right), sister Vanessa Branson (second left), nephew Noah Devereus (centre back ) and mother Eve Branson (centre front) during the launch of the Virgin Strive Challenge

Sir Richard Branson (second right) with his children Sam (left) and Holly (right), sister Vanessa Branson (second left), nephew Noah Devereus (centre back ) and mother Eve Branson (centre front) during the launch of the Virgin Strive Challenge

The tycoon said: ‘I was extraordinarily lucky, as anybody who goes through a nasty crash and survives is extraordinarily lucky, and I’m mending really rapidly.

‘If you get knocked off your bike you’ve got to pick yourself up again and get back on again and these kids set the family a challenge every year and they have roped their father in.’

Sir Richard will be accompanied by his children Holly and Sam on the adventure, which begins today.

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