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Rider injuries. As expected we’ve had a few (and definitely a few odd ones) at Leogang World Cup. It’s part of the sport, though it’s never easy to see. We wish all the injured riders a speedy recovery!
Florent definitely has one of the wilder injuries we’ve heard of. We hope all goes well with recovery.
Hey everyone, just a quick update on what happened to me today.
Everything was coming together nicely, I was really happy with the track and was enjoying riding the steep mud sections. Then the drama came.
I went out of the track on a fast section about 30 seconds into the track. I was trying to find some more speed somewhere else than in the wood and simply rode into a pole. I’ve probably done this a thousand times in the last 16 years that I have been racing World Cups. Normally I just bounce off and keep going.
This time it was a bit different. The pole came back and whipped straight between my legs. It hit me with an unbelievable amount of pain. I still managed to ride my bike quite well down to the bottom of the track, but when I got to the pit the pain got really bad.
We had a check down my trousers and there was lots of blood and some spare parts were hanging out that should have been tucked away safely. I needed to get to a hospital urgently.
The doctors performed emergency surgery to save them and get them back in place and to save the chance to have children. The surgery was a success and the boys are back where they should be.:)
I will need to wait and see what this experience has actually done to me emotionally as I was very close to losing them… This is the first time I have needed surgery without actually crashing on my bike and it has been a scary experience. I will keep the updates coming regarding my situation over the next few days, and let everyone know about my recovery when I have more information.Florent Payet
Due for surgery on Monday, Melanie had a crash during practice and went down pretty hard.
Here we are again. Had a really bad crash on the head this morning during practice. I still had my plate on my collarbone from my injury from 9 months ago and this one made the crash worse by breaking my collarbone again but next to the plate this time. I couldn’t see from the left eye for a while too…everything is ok now and the surgery is on Monday! I can’t tell you how disappointed and down I am right now. I was feeling so good on the bike and in my head and everything was reunited to have a good weekend. A big thanks to @thebrigadeteam and @fabienbarel for their help and I definitely need to think what to do properly in the future to make the work pay off.Melanie Chappaz
Not strictly an injury from riding or even in Leogang. It’s a slightly odd one, Brendan got a splinter in his hand a few weeks ago. He tried to remove it before practice and ended up getting an infection. After a visit to hospital he was given antibiotics and painkillers. He is still riding, albeit in quite a bit of pain.
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