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Strictly's James Cracknell appears in great spirits as he drives his motorbike after revealing he struggled to remember his dance steps due to brain injury

By Rianne Addo For Mailonline

Published: 16:48 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 00:57 BST, 2 October 2019

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He was the the first contestant to be axed from this year's Strictly Come Dancing alongside his celebrity partner Luba Mushtuk last week.

But James Cracknell still managed to flash a smile as he enjoyed a ride on his motorbike in London on Tuesday afternoon.

The Olympic rowing champion, 47, put on a brave face following his short stint on the BBC competition series as he stepped out in the English capital, after revealing he struggled to remember his dance steps due to his 2010 brain injury.

Cheery: James Cracknell still managed to flash a smile as he enjoyed a ride on his motorbike in London on Tuesday after becoming the first contestant to be eliminated from Strictly

Cheery: James Cracknell still managed to flash a smile as he enjoyed a ride on his motorbike in London on Tuesday after becoming the first contestant to be eliminated from Strictly

Sporting his signature biker gear, the sportsman was in his element as he embarked on thrilling ride on the vehicle. 

In 2010, James was struck from behind by a lorry while cycling in Arizona while making a documentary for the Discovery Channel.

He fractured his skull, causing a brain injury and epilepsy which both remain with him. His personality was also dramatically altered, affecting his temperament, memory and concentration. 

The media personality joined his dance partner Luba, 29, on the show's sister series It Takes Two on Monday to reflect on the impact his accident had on his Strictly appearance. 

Zooming off: Sporting his signature biker gear, the Olympic rowing champion, 47, was in his element as he embarked on thrilling ride on the vehicle

Zooming off: Sporting his signature biker gear, the Olympic rowing champion, 47, was in his element as he embarked on thrilling ride on the vehicle

Fleeting stint: The sportsman recently revealed he struggled to remember his dance steps on Strictly due to his 2010 brain injury (pictured with celeb partner Luba Mushtuk)

Fleeting stint: The sportsman recently revealed he struggled to remember his dance steps on Strictly due to his 2010 brain injury (pictured with celeb partner Luba Mushtuk)

Off he goes: The athlete put on a brave face following his short stint on the BBC competition series as he stepped out in the English capital

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