Annika Langvad Suffers Broken Hand in Local Race

Jun 2, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Annika Langvad's tough start to her 2019 mtb campaign has continued as she has suffered a broken hand and a fractured shoulder this weekend in a local Category 1 race.

Langvad was reportedly warming up for the race when she suffered the injury and will now have to spend four weeks in a cast. Thankfully, this should mean she’ll be back in the saddle before the back to back World Cups in Vallnord and Les Gets at the start of July.

bigquotesSo far I wouldn't say that my spring MTB campaign has been smooth sailing. Today I crashed during warm up at a local C1 race and broke at least two bones in my right hand plus a small fracture in my shoulder blade. I'm now looking at 4 weeks with a cast but should be able to get on the trainer and road bike before that. What a bummer!Annika Langvad

We wish Annika a speedy recovery and hopefully we'll hear some better news out of her camp soon.


46 Comments

  • + 15
 I hope this doesn't have a long term impact on her use of hand as a dentist... As for this race season, this might be the forced reduction in mileage she needs to recover her form... Anika did so much world tour road racing this spring I think that knocked her down for the opening mtb races. The mindset of athletes at this level regularly push themselves into deep fatigue, some weeks on the trainer and some trips to physio will do this athlete some good. 6 weeks from now she could show up with fresh legs and smash the second half of the season.
  • + 6
 I've had many of the same thoughts as of late concerning her burning out boiling down to the simple act of going to hard, trying to do too much in such a short period of time. Watching her post Cape Epic, Boels Dolmans, Sea Otter form has been painful to see. Some place between Sea Otter and Albstadt I think she hit the wall. This may be a wake up call for her also in that doing too much can be very counter productive in the long run. She's not 24 anymore and at 34 may need to pace herself accordingly. Don't get me wrong, she's still one of the greatest endurance riders ever but time is a truly unforgiving and unavoidable master.

I hope she uses this time to do get in the serious recovery, both physically & mentally, she needs and comes back in good form. Godt helbred og held og lykke Annika!
  • + 3
 @Augustus-G: MVDP though... I have no intention to wish him bad, all the strength to him, but if doesn’t burn out soon it may mean that he’s one of the Avengers...
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: well, hasn't he taken a month off now?
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: LOL, we'll see if he's still doing as much in a decade. If he is, definitely Avenger material.
  • + 0
 Truth is,she has been eclipsed by younger riders and she knows it,by riders who don't lose their bottle regardless of the course and the weather and dont choose to ride safely as she does.
  • + 8
 She's a nice person and crazy strong but holy crap does she need to do more technique training. A couple of weeks or two just riding the bike park on a Stumpy with Claire Bouchard or someone would improve her XCO results more than another .25 W/KG. Her body position looks like she's preparing to crash.
  • + 6
 A while back I watched a "Rob Warner Meets" video on the Red Bull Bike Channel with Jolanda Neff. The first portion was filmed at the Skills Park in Winterthur where it appeared she developed a lot of her excellent technical riding skills. My first thought after seeing that segment was "Annika needs to spend part of next winter at that place." Could you imaging Annika's power combined with Jolanda's technical skills, say even 90% of them?
  • + 3
 @Augustus-G: That's true, and insane to think about... But the reality is strong diesel-engined riders like Annika did not get that way by riding skinnies at the local bike park every week, or just training on technical trails. They get that way by doing huge training blocks, where the mountain bike gets hung-up for a weeks at a time. It's always a give and take, balance of the two. Of course she is also one of the older women in the field now, and transitioning into a skills riders at later age in your career is always far more difficult than a younger rider who hasn't picked up certain habits.
  • + 4
 Absolutely. She probably got the fear once she realised what impact of a broken body would have on her income potential - that's why my wife says she rides slowly downhill anyway Smile
consequences of crashing are a confirmed reality..don't see her getting anymore technically competent moving forwards.
  • + 1
 @Jamminator: The training portion is quite true, balance is key. IMPO, she lost that balance this year and it's a key factor in her situation right now. She may have been served better with a little less diesel-motoring and a little work with a skills coach.

Annika is not totally devoid of technical skills. There's no way can you win the Cape Epic 5 times without a decent degree of competence riding XC class technical terrain. I doubt she could ever be as good of a tech rider as JN or CC but I do think if she worked at it could improve substantially. A week or two a year at a place like that surely couldn't hurt. She'd still have plenty of time to keep those Cummins Turbo legs of her's in shape.

As for learning new skills at an older age I think that is strictly relegated to the individual. I started MTB'ing in '86. After a long break I've had quite a lot of fun learning the skills required to be proficient on Full Suspension bikes, and bringing a few old school Rigid tricks to a new generation of riders. It's never too late to learn if you apply yourself. Cheers.
  • + 3
 @Augustus-G: Annika has all the possibilities to train her skills In Sweden and Norway, just come here few weekends a year.

But she doesn’t have a good place to train her stamina either, yet she delivers. It pisses bricks and blows as hell around here. She has no hills either. I think this crash was just a typical accident that happens to everyone and it wasn’t related to her skill.
  • - 2
 Yea, the previous years #2 overall world cup winner and multiple world champ cyclist needs to go to skills camp because pinkbikers say so...makes sense.
  • + 2
 @clink83: She'd have won the overall last year if she was better technically. In La Bresse she was the only one walking the descents.

Makes sense eh bud?
  • - 1
 @jclnv: and yet she was still he second best world cup rider in the world being as bad as she allegedly is...how did she get all those points in the first place? Or is all the shot talking more to do with her looks?
  • + 2
 @clink83: Now you're just making yourself look stupid. She got those points because she's incredibly strong (as her spring road season showed) but she would be unbeatable if she even had average level (for the women's XCO field) technique.

Anyway this is obvious to anyone who's watched XC racing for a couple decades. There has been numerous other examples. The same could currently be said to lesser extent for Belomoyna and Kerschbaumer.
  • + 2
 @jclnv: She is definitely on the XC Marathon side of things. Maybe because she is scared of downhills? My sister in law had bronze and silver medal in Polish road champs. She started in MTB but opted for road because she was afraid of downhills in terrain. Completely, utterly irrational behavior, considering road biking is much more dangerous than worst XC track imaginable.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I always laugh when people use roadie as an insult on here...road racing is dangerous as shit!
  • + 3
 @clink83: yeah, I’ll take stationary trees and boulders to a pickup truck doing 50 anyday
  • + 3
 @clink83: Langvad still sucks on downhills in terrain. That is as for an elite XCO racer. I also give little credit to roadies for their risk taking. I just meant that people find their sport as “classic” and mtb as “extreme” which is an awful misconception. Same sort that led Albstadt race organizers to make an awful mistake when rebuilding the track.
  • + 1
 @Will1848: or a pack crash at 30mph ugh
  • + 0
 @Jamminator: Or perhaps it is a question that the riders now easily beating her have more nerve and dont fret about falling...
  • + 0
 @jonnyboy: World Champions dont worry about losing money - they go all out for it - which may explain why she never has been a World Champion
  • + 12
 I suppose it's better than breaking your local C1..
  • + 4
 I am rooting for a fast recovery, so I can root against her at the next race. Her combination of team and lack of tech abilities make her my favorite person to root against. She seems like a nice person off the bike, but in the races she just looks like a roadie who wants to beat mountain bikers. I never want her to win, but I want her out there fighting for it.
  • + 7
 Oh man, this has been a miserable season for her.
  • + 3
 Her and Gwin should have pint together, tough times for the best!
  • + 1
 Injuries can often lend themselves to one another. The key is to really be smart during recovery and immediate post recovery. I wish her good fortune.
  • + 1
 Why are there always so many opinions on the articles regarding female athletes?
  • + 1
 I thought she didn't race the WC last weekend because she needed recovery time? Why do a local a week later?
  • + 0
 Yes indeed !! Maybe she realised she is now yesterdays competitor and the only way she is going is down in the rankings
  • + 2
 Bummer, especially for a dentist. Healing vibes!
  • + 1
 Damn, poor Annika...heal up!
  • + 1
 wishing a speedy recovery
  • + 1
 Best wishes of a speedy recovery.
  • + 1
 She's still super hot!!
  • + 1
 When it rains it pours
  • + 1
 well that sucks...
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