I got thrown over the bars at speed, and hit the ground head first
This track was brand new and no one had ridden it before so it wasn’t ready to take the beating of one of the biggest turn outs for a NSW State event in years.
The race was held at GreenValleys FreeRide Park in South Wollongong of Sydney, Australia. This track was brand new and no one had ridden it before so it wasn’t ready to take the beating of one of the biggest turn outs for a NSW State event in years. By everyones first run on Saturday, the track had been wrecked, but on Sunday, it was just a line through the bush made of dust. With unseeable ruts 10cm deep full of dust and just everything was loose it was set to be one hell of a race. I went up for my second practice run of the day and you couldn’t see anything without leaving a minute gap between riders. I was making my way through the second trees section, picking up speed after a flat left hander. I took a slightly too far inside line, I was on the edge of a rut and my front wheel washed out and got caught up. I managed to hold on but just moments later my wheel had transferred across to the other side of the rut and clipped a tree stump that was unseeable. I got thrown over the bars at speed, and hit the ground head first with all my weight and force behind me driving it into the dirt and rolling my neck forward. After that compression I flipped and then again I landed on my head in a right hand berm. I thought with that I must have done some damage. I sat down for a couple of minutes and realized I was fine. My left shoulder was sore from a smaller crash the previous run. I went and found my bike way down the hill, snapped crank, but I guess its better being the bike rather than me. Luckily I was able to roll my bike down to the bottom without any pain and I didn’t need any medical assistance. I am extremely grateful that I was wearing my Leatt neck brace. I can say that without my neck brace on, it would almost have been certain that I would’ve broken my neck or back in this crash. This wasn’t my first crash where the brace has done its magic and I can say I will always be wearing it every ride.
Headcam of the crash which makes it look slow and not bad – http://www.pinkbike.com/video/374876/
Thankyou so much for all the effort to the products you create they certainly do work! If they didn’t I probably wouldn’t be standing up right now. I now tell everyone that doesn’t wear one, to wear one, and use this experience as evidence.