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My BIGGEST Crash In Years. National Champs Stage 6


I have just got back from racing Enduro National Champs down in Minehead in Somerset, organised by Southern Enduro where I was competing in the veterans category for the first time at the ripe old age of 41! It was also my first race in about 2 years with COVID and a new baby.

All was going well until Sunday afternoon when I dropped into Stage 6, a short and punchy stage of loamy, rooty tech. Trucking on to get a high line over some roots I pushed the front wheel wide where it grabbed hard, throwing me over the bars, face first into the base of a tree. Luckily I was wearing my TLD Stage full-face helmet that saved me from any bad injuries.
I walked away battered and bruised and with a swollen jaw, but feel very lucky it wasn’t a lot worse.

My Vitus Sommet 29 race bike was unscathed except for a bent brake lever and a bent front Maxle, which is a first for me!

Massive high-5 to the marshal who was first on scene and to my good mate Joe Finney who stopped in his race run to check I was ok and look after me.

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