Cam McCaul Injury update

Aug 6, 2010 at 0:00
Aug 6, 2010
by Ian Hylands  
 
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During the finals of the Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle contest on Saturday afternoon Cam McCaul crashed on a huge front flip and broke his femur. I got a chance to talk to him Monday afternoon in Denver.

Photos and words inside.

At approximately 1:25 PM on Saturday July 31st Cam attempted a front flip off of the whale tail step down during his first run of the Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle Finals. He crashed on the landing and broke his right femur. The Winter Park Bike Patrol did an amazing job of looking after him and getting him to Denver Health Medical where he spent the night and had a rod put in his femur.

I caught up with him at his hotel in Denver today and luckily managed to get him in-between doses of pain meds while he was semi coherent. His leg aligned perfectly and there were no complications when they set it, he should be healed up pretty quick, 6-8 weeks if all goes well.

This is what he had to say about what happened:

"Hey this is Cam McCaul, just sitting in a hotel room near the Denver Airport after getting discharged last night from my hospital bed, where they put a rod in my femur because I broke it during Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle finals on Saturday.
It all started when finals were getting going and I was trying to pick a run that would get me on top of the podium or at least in first place and everyone was riding really well this year so I knew I had to do something new and something impressive so I decided I was going to do some hard tricks up top and then send the banger in the middle of the run with a front flip off the step down. I've been doing lots of front flips off of jumps this year in contests and they've been being judged well so it's kind of like my go to right now but I've never done one off a drop and I knew it was going to be a good score getter so I decided that it was worthwhile to go for it.
Unluckily I came up a little bit short on the landing, got the full rotation on the front flip but came up about 6 inches short. All the momentum from the front flip combined with casing the jump by about 6 inches stopped my bike in it's tracks and sent me straight over the handlebars to flat where I just hit the ground real hard and my femur decided it was too much of an impact and it snapped in half.
I thought I was fine and I tried to get up and my leg felt a little funny so I looked at my leg and my foot was in a different place than where it felt like it should be, compared to where my leg felt like it was, and that's when I knew I had a broken femur and I just said "hey you guys I got a broken femur, let's get this recovery process underway." Everybody loaded me up on a stretcher and took me to the clinic and then we took an Ambulance to Denver, got the rod in, now it's perfectly lined up and just like any other broken bone it's going to take 6 to 8 weeks and I'll be back in no time."

Cam's fiance Bonee was the first person on the scene and besides the incredible bike patrol team that managed to get Cam packaged up and down the mountain, he credits her with keeping him calm and feeling ok. She was with him and looking after him the whole time.

While he was in the hospital Cam found out that Logan Peat was just down the hall so as soon as he had his rod in and some crutches he hobbled down to see him. Logan broke his Tib/Fib on Wednesday while practicing for the slopestyle and has been in the hospital ever since. According to Cam, Logan was scheduled to have another surgery to straighten everything out and hopefully if that went well he'll be able to go home shortly.

Cam would like to thank Bonee for being there and all of his sponsors and friends for calling, tweeting, facebooking, and just sending him all sorts of good wished and positive energy. Oh, and most importantly he says thanks to Discovery Channel for deciding to bring Shark Week back at the perfect time.


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Cam, looking like he's about to stick a sick front flip
Cam, looking like he's about to stick a sick front flip


Cam's Femur after the crash
Cam's Femur after the crash

Cam's femur after have the rod put in, you can barely even see the crack.
Cam's femur after have the rod put in, you can barely even see the crack.

Cam McCaul thinks about the front flip in practice at Crankworx Colorado...
Cam McCaul thinks about the front flip in practice at Crankworx Colorado...
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86 Comments

  • + 73
 Get better Cam
  • + 21
 that is wat we all hope
  • + 35
 Cam you definitely didn't deserve that man. Two collarbones last season and now the femur... that licks! Good luck with the recovery and you'll be back killing it harder then before in no time.
  • + 6
 Get better soon bro !
  • + 7
 love how in the audio thing hes talking like its no big deal thats a beastly good luck cam get better soon
  • + 3
 Just what I want to see, a bro going down. Not cool
  • + 26
 lol pink bike should make a get better card for cam and put every users signature on it lol
  • + 4
 He's going to have to make some weight savings to his bike to compensate for the extra weight in his leg now (:
  • - 20
 i' ve broken my femur twice in the last 10 months....he'll be back in 8-10 weeks
  • + 11
 i just red the hold thing and then saw the voise thinig and i was like SHIT!!
  • + 2
 it's my forehead!
  • - 16
 will he be riding crankworks in whistler?
  • + 11
 hes out for 8-10 weeks, Whistler is in 1 week. you do the math
  • + 2
 Facepalm ^^, hope cam has a speedy recovery, i was so bummed when that happenedFrown
  • + 2
 he'll b back
  • + 3
 that would suckk. get well.

why doesnt pinkbike do an article like this for sam hill????
  • + 1
 When i saw him go for the front I said to myself: semenuk is not gonna win??? Then cam fell. And it looked painful.. you can see his leg twist.. #4 jersey, #1 in my heart. Wish you the speediest recovery!
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  • + 22
 yeah Cam! Sense of humour even when his situation isn't the best.
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  • + 12
 even the best watch shark week, the power of sharks send their healing vibes toward you cam
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  • + 11
 Laughs make things heal quickly. Get well, hope to see you up here hanging during Crankworx, if they'll let you. Ken
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  • + 10
 SHARK WEEK FTW!
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  • + 3
 Get better Cam! I hope you make a full recovery and come back stronger.

On a side note, I can't believe the level of riding and the risks the competitors are taking for such little prize money. First place is only $15 000, second is $7500! Compared to other sports like tennis and golf (where the risk of breaking your neck is non existent) that is ridiculously low!
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  • + 1
 damn that sucks!! good thing he's got his girl there, to help him put the piss jug between his legs XD
That also really really sucks for Logan Peat D: denim and dirt inside his leg, that is sooo disgusting!! get well soon you two!!!
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  • + 4
 Now he has time to get that bird tattoo on his forehead.
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  • + 4
 i was hope you win crankworx. anyway, get better faster! be strong!
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  • + 1
 ouch i tore ligiments in my ankle two weeks ago and ive just started cycling again but i have to use a support on my ankle for another 2 weeks
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  • + 1
 i broke my femur earlier this year and got told six months til i would be able to walk properly again. its been 3 months and i've already been out on the bike several times
  • + 1
 That was the same with me when I broke my tib and fib but after about 4 and a half months before I even sat on the bike. Get well soon Cam and anyone else with an injurySalute
  • + 1
 Sounds just like my left tib-fib in 2007. Broke it the 3rd week of June and was back to jumping my bike by early November of the same year.
  • + 1
 It was the left for me as well at the start of december '07. The doctors thought it was more like a car crash injury as it was a clean break on both.
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  • + 3
 lets get the recovery prosess started.....only cam
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  • + 1
 no!!!!! get beter cam! dam now you wont be able to do the tricks i lined up for you at sgc for crankworks in whistler.. maby next year.
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  • + 2
 Sucks to see cam not make it to crankworx in whistler... Hope he's recovery goes well, all the best for cam.
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  • + 1
 Sending healing vibes to you Cam. Wish you were here in Whistler for Cranworx would have been sick. Heal up and see you next year!
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  • + 1
 Healing vibes to Cam. Gutting, he's one of my fav riders. Fantastic style and great personality to have on the bike scene! Get well soon!
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  • + 1
 it's really a mellow break though, my femur shattered when it broke, so his healing process should hopefully take less time. Get well Cam!
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  • + 3
 I wish rapid convalescence
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  • + 1
 agreed , and hope him and logan get well soonSmile btw im thinking that the front flip pic should be POD Razz
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  • + 1
 man that sucks I have a dislocated collar bone and i haven't been able to bike for 9 weeks and it will still be anther nine
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  • + 1
 cam mccaul 've a great level , but when we see what he does we know he's a bit crazy :p
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  • + 1
 Yeah for sure, good clean break so hopefully it wont affect his riding any once it heals up. Get well quick man!
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  • + 1
 Luckily that was a clean break and in only one place and not something nasty.
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  • + 1
 oh sh#t ! Just goes to show how "on-the-limit" these guys are on ! Get better soon !!
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  • + 2
 that was a serious x-ray. get back at it when ya can cam
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  • + 2
 aww, get better cam!
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  • + 1
 shark week rules !!! haha best wishes on getting better soon
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  • + 1
 Thats a hard one.... get well soon Cam
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  • + 1
 You're bionic now man! Get better soon and enjoy the hydros Wink
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  • + 1
 broke my tib-fib a few months ago... recovery sucks. good luck cam
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  • + 1
 good luck with the recovery. nasty hearing stories like this.
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  • + 1
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~ HEAL UP MANG! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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  • + 0
 man, i broke my collar bone two weeks ago and im back on my bike again already cam get better dude we need you! haha
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  • + 1
 I hope you will be ok very soon!
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  • + 1
 Want me to kiss it better Smile haha get better Cam!
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  • + 1
 Same day, same time as cam broke his femur i broke my arm at Diablo. weird
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  • + 1
 damn he was so close as well
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  • + 1
 oh maaaaan that sucks so bad! get well soon dude!
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  • + 1
 dam that looks nasty,get better soon. Smile
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  • + 1
 Recovering Quickly Cam!!!
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  • + 1
 get well soon cam you are the best rider out there man!
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  • + 1
 Looks like the surgeon did a good job... Cam will back better than ever!
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  • + 1
 Get better soon cam! Hoping for a quick recovery.
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  • + 1
 get well soon Cam!
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  • + 1
 Now that is a bobo.
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  • + 1
 Shark Week! Rofl
  • + 3
 shark week is a lot better than reports about the dead of diana and mother teresa...like the last time i was in hospital, for 10 days ^^ (1997) that was f*cking boring! and all the time "like a candle in the wind" ... argh!
  • + 2
 btw: get well soon, cam!
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  • + 1
 Get better Cam !!!!
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  • + 1
 Get well soon.
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  • + 1
 get well ´╗┐soon cam
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  • + 1
 Cyborg...f*ck yeah.
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  • + 1
 hope he gets better
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  • - 2
 funny how his gf's called bonee and he broke his leg Razz
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