Yep, broken kneecap. Thank God it doesn't need surgery, but it happened two weeks ago and I'm off the bike for another 4 weeks. I am finally starting to be able to hobble around, but the first two weeks of this were looonnnggg. And the worst part of it is- did it at the top of a downhill trail I've done many times before. The trail basically hanges on top of a ridge for some trails type stuff in the first 200 yards then takes a hard right and weaves back and forth over a fallline for about a mile. Just after the turn there is a small roller (about 4 feet) followed in about 20 yards by a 4 footer into a banked turn behind a tree. Got going to fast into the four footer, came off it headed at the tree and tried to adjust to the right in the air. Another 2 feet to fall and I would have had it, but as it was I landed on the side of my tires and had to put the bike down. Didin't think it would be a big deal because I've done it before, but I happened to set my knee down into a rock. The speed I was going caused my kneepad to break, and my body to cartwheel in the air. I remember thinking as I was upside down, "Boy I'm glad I wore the fullface". Broke the visor off, but otherwise head was aok. It was only about 30 second before my g/f found ime curled up in a shaking ball on the side of the trail. Adrenaline had kicked in so I immeaditely remounted and took all the easiest lines out to the road, while I sent Spilly to get the car.
One broken kneecap
One broken handlebar
One broken lock on grip
One messed up finger (not broken, but still swollen
One broken kneepad
One year insurance deductable fulfilled on x-rays and ortho visits
Back on in mid Sept
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