Scots 'Tartan Explorer' cyclist Josh Quigley has revealed he has arthritis at the young age of 28.

The condition, that causes inflammation and pain in joints, was found in his hip last week having been in a horror crash in Dubai earlier this year.

Record-breaking biker Josh is renowned for international gruelling cycles, having raised thousands for charity in the process.

The former business owner, from Livingston in West Lothian, told the Record: "It's all come as a bit of a shock.

"Arthritis to me is something you get later in life, not at 28.

"Doctors say I have the hip of someone in their fifties or sixties.

Charity cyclist Josh Quigley

"I wasn't expecting to ever hear this news, far less in my twenties.

"You've just got to laugh."

Medics at St John's Hospital in Livingston detected the arthritis as Josh underwent X-Rays and CT scans last week.

They believe he might have had the debilitating condition for a number of years, with a recent crash in Dubai accelerating the issue.

The 28-year-old following his crash in Dubai

Josh was cycling down Jebel Jais, one of the highest mountains in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 26 when he crashed at 40 miles per hour.

He fractures his pelvis and spine, broke his arm, elbow, shoulder and four ribs.

Two vertebrae were also misaligned.

Josh thinks strong winds might have caused the accident which left him hospitalised in Dubai before returning to Scotland three weeks ago.

He still struggles to walk as part of a slow but steady recovery.

Josh Quigley crashed at around 40 miles per hour in Dubai in January

"The funny thing is, I'd left Scotland to train in Dubai as I thought the wintry weather was too dangerous to cycle in," Josh added.

"I go to Dubai where there are perfect cycling conditions and have a freak accident.

"You couldn't make it up."

This isn't the first time the Tartan Explorer's life has been at jeopardy.

He was mowed down by a vehicle in Texas, USA, during a round the world trip in December 2019.

Left with a broken ankle and heel, Josh had to have a stent fitted in an artery in his neck.

Josh Quigley is famously known as the Tartan Explorer

That didn't stop Josh who went on to break the world record for cycling the North Coast 500 in the Highlands, completing the route in 31 hours and 17 minutes in September 2020.

Josh hopes this comeback will be no different from previous heroic efforts.

He added: "Every time I'm injured, it reminds me of how much I love cycling.

"It makes me more determined to get better and get back out on the bike."

Determined Josh started his pedalling journey after miraculously surviving a suicide attempt when he was 25-years-old.

On May 26, 2015 he drove his car at 80mph into a concrete barrier.

In the wake of the crash, Josh went on to tackle huge cycling challenges to raise money for mental health charities.

Josh Quigley said his injuries make him more determined to get back out on his bike

He previously told our sister title, the Sunday Mail: “As I lay in my hospital bed, I realised that, for the first time in months, I felt happy – happy because I was alive.

“I realised I wanted to dedicate my life to helping other people who are suffering from mental health problems.

“I started having suicidal thoughts at the weekends after I had been out drinking but it wasn’t long before I was having them during the week, too – when I was sober.

“I knew I had to be really brave and tell people my story in order to try to remove some of the stigma and encourage other people to talk about their mental health so they can get the help and support they need.”

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