Ed Masters Breaks Pelvis In New Zealand National Champs

Mar 1, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

Ed Masters broke his pelvis, broke multiple ribs, and injured his kidney in a crash Sunday at the New Zealand DH National Championships.

bigquotesJust a bit of an update after my spill at Champs on Sunday. I’m okay! I’ve got a fracture to the top of my pelvis that luckily doesn’t need surgery and some busted up ribs. My kidney took a bit of a whack but everything has calmed down and I’m back on my feet. Recovery looks to be pretty smooth and I’ll be back on the horse ASAP. Thanks for all the messages, and thanks to everyone who supports me. Big arohaEd Masters

We have reached out to Ed for more information, and in the meantime, we are sending him our best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the bike soon.


97 Comments

  • 156 1
 Heal up Ed! That sounds rough.

As a side note, I’m always amazed when people say things like “I’m ok, I just broke lots of bones>“.

Pretty sure if it was me, I’d be laying there saying things like “Sorry team, I’ll be out for a while, I just broke my everything”.
  • 21 2
 I had this same injury last year and to be fair, while laying in bed no moving..the pain was fine, it’s the rolling over and making any movement that hurts!
  • 89 0
 “Merely a flesh wound!” - Ed Masters, probably.
  • 11 0
 @sngltrkmnd: he just went from Mr Worldwide to The Black Knight
  • 4 0
 @sngltrkmnd: "It'l Buff Right Out" - Ed Masters, probably.
  • 6 1
 Thiis but a scratch!
  • 2 0
 The spirit of enduro dont need bones! Foolish mortals
  • 6 0
 Probably a combination of pros being pretty hard, knowing their body, being optimistic but also I bet their sponsors don’t want to hear “oh shit boys I’m out for a year here”
  • 5 0
 @abueno: so one of those, ‘it only hurts when I laugh” injuries. I hate those. Haha
  • 1 0
 @edfw: 'tis...
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  • 79 2
 That may sound terrible, but as a doctor I am pretty confident that he can be back on the bike in spring. A pelvic fracture can be a major trauma, but that sounds like he suffered a fracture at the wing of ilium, which luckily isn't too big a deal. Somehow the same is true for kidney traumas. I wish him speedy recovery.
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  • 31 4
 Whose spring? Spring in the Northern Hemisphere is 3 weeks away, spring in the Southern Hemisphere is 6 months.
  • 15 0
 Iliac fractures are pretty chill as far as fractures go because it is not weight bearing. Fractured pelvis makes people think its a whole lot worse, but I'd take a fractured iliac over a fractured wrist any day of the week.
  • 4 1
 6 months away from being healthy?!?!
  • 14 0
 I had a non weight bearing pelvic fracture over the summer in July and was riding by August. That said, my PTSD due to not having enough skills will never heal.
  • 6 17
flag Molesdigmyjumps (Mar 1, 2021 at 13:55) (Below Threshold)
 @KiwiXC: northern hemisphere spring meteorologically starts on March 1st.

You are talking about spring astronomically - thats about 3 weeks away :

www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/weather/seasons/spring/when-does-spring-start
  • 7 1
 @Molesdigmyjumps: starts in February here in California
  • 1 17
flag RayDolor (Mar 1, 2021 at 15:05) (Below Threshold)
 Well, Doc, as you know, there's a complication know as Respiratory Distress Syndrome, that can kill an athlete if shock sets in. It took out a lotta guys about 40 years ago.
  • 1 0
 Bonesaw? @Elgaucher:
  • 67 1
 I smashed my pelvis, bust a few ribs and some other stuff, when I was rock climbing as a teenager many years ago. Couldn’t really move. All I can remember is that the nurse was super hot, and that she had to help me poop the smelliest hospital food poops. I was so embarrassed. Then many years later I got burnt all over my arms stomach and chest from steam whilst opening the bonnet of my car. I had to have dressings changed daily by an older lady on the larger side of large who farted every time she bent down to get stuff out of her trolley but acted like nothing had happened, the only thing that stopped me laughing was the absolute pain from moving. I love the people who care for us when we get stuff wrong and hurt ourselves. Hope you get better soon Ed Smile
  • 9 0
 ed masters has a license to ilium
  • 5 0
 @babathehutt: Did we even have a winter?
  • 2 1
 @KiwiXC: Spring is still a month or so away here in VT! 3 weeks is laughable, IDK what the calendar says Spring is May and June here guy.
  • 3 0
 @MtbSince84: I think there were 2 weeks in the second half of January when it was windy
  • 2 0
 @gnarparr: agreed about the iliac. Once the bone is even minimally fused it’s good to go. The ribs and kidney on the other hand...
  • 1 0
 @gnarparr: standard chill fracture.... I must a delicate flower compared to you. I've only broken my pinkies, but I agree on the wrist, seems like a terrible spot to get a fracture.
  • 1 0
 Cracked my pelvis in 3 places overshooting a big one - I got pretty good at wheelies in a wheelchair. At least 3months till I was back on a bike.
  • 5 0
 Came here to see arguments about when Spring starts - wasn’t disappointed...
  • 3 0
 @Thor44: pick a date and be a dick about it
  • 2 1
 @kipvr: Did either of them toss you off?
  • 2 0
 Yep - I was back riding within 3-4 weeks after an iliac fracture. The worst thing about it was moving around and hearing / feeling it crunch about, and that only lasted a week.
  • 1 0
 @Molesdigmyjumps: yawn, what’s your point?

It’s cool that the UK doesn’t have an official start date of spring I guess, but not relevant here.
  • 46 0
 Nothing can keep Eddie (aka Mr. Worldwide, aka The Eagle, aka Cardi E., aka Towball, aka Ed Bull Media, aka The Spirit of Enduro, aka Captain of the Big Mac of the Bike World) down for long!
  • 2 0
 I knew h'Ed Master a comeback soon enough!
  • 27 0
 Such a champ. Even when lying down on the side of the track he’s helping marshal as blows on the whistle as rider ride past. Epic. Such a good guy.
  • 21 0
 oof.
  • 73 1
 Ye man
  • 12 0
 D: Awh bummer, Ed is definitely one of the most fun riders to watch on or off the bike. I almost broke that exact same spot a couple years back, it's going be hard for a dude who laughs as much as he does as laughing caused a stabbing pain.
  • 16 2
 Thought it said “penis” for a second.
  • 21 2
 Either way. I’m not offering to kiss it better. Get well soon.
  • 12 0
 IS THE BIKE OKAY?
  • 3 0
 Not to be underestimated. It is a big injury. Those internal organs keep track of these things. Kidney injuries can be complex and can have minor/major implications down the road. Hoping it was a good wack and not a displaced kidney or worse. Based on image likely some colourful urination. All the best to one of my fav riders. Go easy for a bit sir, no cutting the enduro tape. Once the physical bones heal, treat that kidney well.. I know you have a spare but still there important !!
  • 5 0
 Bloody hell Ed.... at least you kiwis are tough as old boots! Swift recovery mate.
  • 2 0
 Well - looking at the image of your hip no wonder the docs kept me in the hospital so long last year. Except for the fact that I kept telling them "Doc - I know it looks bad but I literally walked out of the woods about 1/4 mile to a road where I got picked up - my hip pelvis isn't broken"

Speedy heals man!!!
  • 3 0
 holy sht...I still remember this words when doc says to me "I think you are broke pelvis" and I just blotted out a year and a half of my life from my head. Cmn Ed! Heal up so qick as you can!
  • 8 2
 I say this with the deepest respect for everyone who speaks English as a second language (it's such an annoying language): thank you so much for "I think you are a broke pelvis". It's definitely becoming one of my go-to insults and a native speaker would never have come up with that metaphor.
  • 2 0
 So much more subtle than calling you a pain the ass. Was he a burns doctor?
Don't worry, I've brought my own tumbleweed.
  • 4 0
 Shit luck again for such a likeable rider who brings so much to the sport. Hope he heal up soon as I’d like to think the best of Eddy boy has still to come. ✌️
  • 1 0
 Bruised kidney is really freaking painful. I bruised my a few years back when the fork on my toilet racer collapsed and I went over the bars and landed on my front brake caliper. I had to drive roughly 1000mi the next day and take two flights, I had a bag of ice strapped to me the entire time.
  • 1 0
 I dont understand how pelvic fractures work. I fractured mine in a dirt bike accident and couldnt walk for almost a month. It hurt to fart, cough, or sneeze. During the first week, just moving from laying down to sitting would cause severe pain that made my muscles cramp up. Ed is already up and walking around.
  • 3 0
 @rallyimprezive it totally depends on the location. The pelvis is made up of multiple bones, and can range from a fairly mild injury to catastrophic, depending on where fractures are? He may still be tougher than you, but it is also probably that he has a non weight bearing and fairly mild fracture and you may have had a more severe pelvic fracture. How was your bruise compared to Eddie's?
  • 2 0
 @gilby82: Oh he is most certainly tougher! Haha.
I fractured the illium near the crest. I went over the bars at 70mph in the desert and the bike tumbled up from behind and hit me. Also broke my wrist. I had bruising that drifted all the way down to my knee.
  • 1 0
 @rallyimprezive: ugh...I tore a ligament in my thumb and have a small Harry Potter scar over my 1st knuckle from where they used a tiny screw to hold it back in place. I bet I was out longer than Eddy will be. He's a machine.
  • 3 0
 Healing vibes man. Praying for a speedy recovery and no complications
  • 2 0
 Heal up quick! So cool to see how quick you are to put it in the rearview and focus on what's next!
  • 2 0
 that looks painful AF sending some healing vybz from Canada bud we got your back.
  • 2 0
 Damn that looks gnarly!! Heal up fast man, can't wait to see him this season.
  • 2 0
 I was looking at the dnf on race results and had a bad feeling something happened
  • 2 1
 Holy Crap, Ed, you dodged a big one. My old man was a Navy SEAL and a pelvic fracture ( 3 places) ended up killing him.
Keep the rubber side down!
  • 2 0
 Just getting off a broken pelvis myself... not a fun one. Get well soon Ed!
  • 2 0
 Heal up brotha we love you, recover in full, mind body and soul... "Take it easy dude, I know that you will".
  • 2 0
 Good recovery Eddy... and keep your good mood and your great sense of humor!!
  • 2 0
 All the best! That’s quite the beating!
  • 2 0
 This sucks! Heal up Ed! Damn.
  • 2 0
 Skynda långsamt o krya på dig!
  • 2 0
 Sending healing Vibes Brother \m/
  • 2 0
 Ouch. Hope you get better Ed!
  • 2 0
 Heal up! And hopefully back to shredding in a few weeks/months!
  • 2 0
 Heal up quick Ed! You're the Master! \m/ Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Speedy recovery Ed! God I hated my broken ribs from a crash.
  • 2 0
 Glad to hear it wasn't super bad, considering. Heal up, Fatty!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Shit! This is the bone I most fear breaking besides my spine.
  • 2 0
 Can he recover in time to film and enter Dirt Diaries Whistler 2021?
  • 2 0
 Get well soon, people's champion!
  • 2 0
 Pelvis is dead, long live the King!
  • 2 0
 You know its serious when the green whistle comes out... rest up Ed!
  • 2 0
 No pain no gain....?? Heal up Ed!!
  • 2 0
 Heal up man, you will rip again!
  • 2 0
 ouch.... wish a speedy recovery
  • 2 0
 heal up.....and stay away from the pies while you do! lol
  • 2 0
 Eddie the A&Eagle... Heal up brother! 3
  • 2 0
 That's pretty gnar. Wishing Edwardo a speedy recovery!
  • 2 0
 Ed sure can take a smack. Walk it off; you got this.
  • 1 0
 That's a rough bail, fractured my pelvis in 4 spots last April, still recovering. Hope it doesn't take you that long
  • 2 0
 Get well soon Ed
  • 2 0
 Look at that steak
  • 2 0
 That is some dark meat.
  • 2 0
 Sucks! Heal up Eddie.
  • 2 0
 Heal up soon m8
  • 1 0
 pissing blood for a week and he'll be fine
  • 1 0
 ...love the thumbnail of him having a toot!
  • 1 0
 So WHY was he riding a horse down a downhill track anyway?
  • 1 0
 He should have been wearing his fat suit for protection.
  • 1 0
 is this what it looks like with or without (back)protector?
  • 2 3
 Heal up fast, man! For everybody else, that is why you wear a chest protector.

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