PALS of Jason Falconer, the cyclist seriously injured in a Poole crash, say they are “absolutely devastated” for him.

Mr Falconer, who is in his 40s, is still in hospital following a collision with a car as he rode along Constitution Hill Road, in Parkstone, last Friday.

The Sustrans Bike It officer for Bournemouth has had an operation to remove a blood clot in his brain, friends say.

Alan McRae, development officer at Bournemouth Arrow Cycling Club, where Mr Falconer belonged, said: “Jason’s making gradual improvements but the doctors are keeping him heavily sedated.

“He’s still got a long, long way to go. We are all absolutely devastated and have our fingers crossed.”

Mr Falconer, from Parkstone, sustained some facial injuries in the crash but his spine was not damaged, Mr McRae said.

He described Mr Falconer as an “out and out enthusiast” who had the ability to inspire people of all ages.

Two weeks ago, he ran a five-hour class for 240 school children at the Slades Farm track, and was leading the lower Raymond Brown Track League in his first season.

“Jason has not got any ego, he listens, pays attention and thinks about what he does,” Mr McRae said.

Children at St Mark’s School, in Wallisdown Road, are making get well soon cards.

Mum Monica Adams, who helped out with his Bike It sessions, said: “He is very well thought of.”

Ros Wheeler, of Poole Wheelers, said: “Jason put a lot of time into training and encouraging our young riders on the track.”

Kathy Melling, a teacher at Corpus Christi Primary School, in Boscombe, said: “Our staff and pupils have benefitted greatly from Jason’s kindness, encouragement, practical help and general positive attitude to life and especially cycling.

“We are so sorry to hear of this terrible accident and hope to hear good news very soon.

“We send him and his family our thoughts and best wishes.”