Hi team. I am writing from my hospital bed in Salt Lake City on Saturday morning. On Wednesday afternoon with about 3 km to go on Porcupine Rim I did the pile driver of all endos. I was riding confidently through the drops but the last drop of a triple drop caught my front wheel while my rear wheel was launched from the second drop. Graham was riding behind me and saw me vertical in the air, feet up, dropping into the rock ledge. My head was numb at first but Graham wouldn't let me move. He held my neck steady and the numbness passed in a few minutes. No loss of consciousness. Then the pain in the neck set in. Fortunately an EMT was just behind us and took over control. The accident happenned at about 2 pm and I was in the Moab Hospital by 6 pm. Search and Rescue took me down the trail on a backboard balanced over a unicycle wheel.
A CT scan at Moab showed my C2 fracured in three pieces, my T4 and T6 compressed and my 3rd and 6th ribs cracked. But here I am typing so I was pretty damn lucky that my spinal cord survived. I was airlifted to Salt Lake City that night as they could not do the surgery in Moab. Further Xrays, MRIs and CTs convinced the doctors that surgery wasn't necessary. So I am leaving on a jet plane tonight and don't know when I'll be back again. I guess I get a new Bell helmet now.
I will have to wear the neck brace for 2-3 months. I am still quite sore but am inproving everyday. Life as I know it will be changing for the next few months. I look forward to hanging out with you while I recover. So no races for me this year, sorry Lev I was looking forward to the Canadian Nationals and St. George World Senior Games.