Paul was injured during the Tour of Southland in New Zealand, 11th November 2006.
Crake was one of five cyclists blown off the road by a powerful wind gust as they headed into the final two kilometres of the 79 kilometre eighth stage from Te Anau to Lumsden, north of Invercargill.
Scans revealed he had sustained minor fractures of the C1 and C2 cervical vertebrae, a fracture of the T5 thoracic vertebrae and disclocations through to T7.
Crake was a member of the Australian team at the 2004 Road World Championships in Italy, was third in the road race at the Australian Open Road Championships in 2006 and placed second on the fourth stage of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under into Willunga. In 2006 season he raced as a professional in Italy with the Naturina Sapore di Mare team.