Stories You Might Have Missed While You Were Eating Turkey

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If you’ve been in a fog of egg-nog and turkey, you might have missed this news…

Jolanda Neff Crash

Trek’s press office says: ‘Swiss star suffers multiple injuries in bike crash’

During a training ride in the Pisgah Forest, near Brevard, North Carolina, Jolanda Neff came off her bike at high speed which resulted in a ruptured spleen, a fractured rib, and collapsed lung.

“I misjudged a downhill corner on a trail that was new to me during my training ride and I went off track and over the bars, falling onto a pile of logs,” said Jolanda Neff. “I immediately knew something was wrong.”

Neff received excellent care at the hospital in Asheville, NC, where she stayed for three nights and was subsequently released.

In order to stop internal bleeding in her spleen, Neff’s emergency medical team used a technique called embolization and thankfully avoided the need to remove her spleen.

It’s unclear what these injuries mean for Neff’s preparation for the cross-country season and her Olympic bid. She was scheduled to compete at the Cyclocross World Championships in Duebendorf, Switzerland on February 1.

Best wishes and healing vibes to Jolanda.

Glencoe Cafe Lost To Fire

The cafe at the Glencoe Mountain Resort was gutted by fire on Christmas Day. Cold and hungry mountain bikers will mourn the loss of this pit stop – and snow sport fans too. With their phone lines out of action, communications have been a little thin on the ground, however in a Facebook post they made the announcement that they’d be opening today:

We plan to re-open for skiing, snowboarding and sledging tomorrow (weather permitting). Forecast is for a moderate SE wind and frequent showers falling as rain at all levels. We have been continuing to make snow (see picture) so should be plenty of snow on our sledging slope. What ski runs we can open will be dependent on the overnight weather. Ski patrol will review in the morning. Ski school and ski hire will be open (skis only and no jackets). Please note we currently have no base station cafe and have a temporary ticket office. Please bring cash if you can as most of our card machines have melted. Ski passes – adult £22, child £17. Access Chair (for sledging) adults £12, child £8, family 2+2 £35. Our accommodation, showers and toilets now have power but please note if you are staying with us you will need to be more self sufficient than normal as no food available in the evening onsite.

In short: take a picnic! Fingers crossed for a good snow season and the funds to get everything back up and running soon.

Ben Deakin’s Bikes Returned

Yay, some good news. Ben announced on Instagram that his stolen bikes had been returned:

Wow Wow Wow Guess Whos Back!!! 🚨 The Best Xmas present I could ask for, My Miami Vice and her sister have been recovered!!!! I cannot get into too much detail due to ongoing and further investigations and big developments but I cannot thank every single one of you enough for all the support over the last few weeks with shares, offers of Bikes to borrow, helping in anyway you can, 🙏 A special Thanks to all of you who personally gave me leads, The lads in helping the recovery of the bikes and the Police. Unfortunately the sentimental jewellery, Electronics and my family’s mental state have not been recovered along with a few war wounds on the bikes but it’s a massive stepping stone and I cannot Thank everyone of you enough who has helped In this journey!!!!!! #OiOi 🙏🙏🙏 #ItsBeenEmotional

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6jDWKKAoiQ/

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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