Jesse Melamed Injured At EWS France

May 12, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

The crash that caused the broken collar bone happened on Stage 2 of EWS France, with our team on the ground reporting that he was absolutely flying in practice and on Stage 1.

It'll be a tight recovery window, with just 6 weeks to the next round of the EWS. Hopefully he'll be back at race pace to defend his hometown crown at Crankworx Whistler later this summer.

The Rocky Mountain Race Face team has had its share of injuries this year, with ALN recovering from a wrist injury and Remi Gauvin just getting back from a scaphoid injury. Remi brought home a respectable 20th place this weekend, so we're happy to see him back on the bike!

Our thoughts go out to Jesse and we wish him the speediest of recoveries!


47 Comments

  • + 26
 Just did my own collarbone to bits at high speed. New hardware upgrade, but hard to imagine I’d be going anywhere near race pace in 6 weeks even with doing everything I can to get back asap.
Respect to the warriors that pour so much work and determination to getting back on track. Heal up Jesse, you said it.. down but not out!
  • + 3
 Today marks the end of 6 weeks for me. Mine just snapped in two right in the middle. Can't imagine riding the bike again for at least another two, and definitely not at any sort of speed for a while.
  • + 2
 I did mine March 9, so I'm at about 9 weeks. Every break is different, but I could not ride anything close to gnarly at 6 weeks. I could ride on the road ok and go up and down curbs but that was about the limit. Even a blue XC trail would have been tough. I could ride full tilt at this point but I don't because it's certainly not 100%, another crash on it would be very very bad.

Then again Jesse is a world class athlete and other than riding bikes a few times a week I'm pretty much a couch potato, so thinking about it that way I like his chances.
  • + 4
 I'm 3 weeks out from dividing mine into four pieces and getting screwed back together. Agree that 6 weeks is an intense time frame to get back into the game. Even with the plate, doc wants 10-12 weeks to fully heal. Breaking my wrist at the same time isn't helping at all Frown
  • + 4
 I'm quite experienced with broken collarbones (or any bone for that matter); 3 collarbones, 2 with surgeries. I can confirm there is still hope to race at 6 weeks, although it is case by case. Plus Whistler EWS is in 14 weeks. Head up Jesse!! xx
  • + 1
 Is it the season to break collarbones...? I just broke mine this past Sunday and can't move my arm past 90 degrees. Hoping to be able to be one of the lucky 6 week cases. Fistfuls of magnesium and calcium vitamins, plus eating healthy is key! Goodluck to all my other broken collar bone sympathizers.
  • + 10
 Collarbone fractures usually come from side-loading the shoulder when you take a crash, hard to avoid with rideable armour
  • + 19
 Whoever figures out how to prevent collarbone fractures is going to be a rich, rich man.
  • + 18
 @Thustlewhumber: The only solution is those bubble-soccer suits. Coming soon to a blue trail near you.
  • + 6
 @Thustlewhumber: very simpele: years of soccer goal keeping (how I did it......) ore any martial arts were you learn how to fall without hurting yourself......
  • + 6
 @wittereus: I’ve gotta agree. I played goalkeeper at a high level for 14 years, including through college. Learning to dive is basically just learning how to fall safely. The muscle memory has definitely and noticeably kicked in during a couple bad crashes. It’s been the difference between walking away with scrapes and bruises and broken bones.
  • + 4
 Maybe get the plating done as preventive care...if ya got the cash. Future bike bots
  • + 9
 @wittereus: Judo helps too, but there are some crashes that just happen so fast, and some where you get caught on the bike, or hit a tree etc..... No amount of soccer, judo, gymnastics will save those ones. But they can definitely help reduce the chances.
  • + 4
 @Thustlewhumber: Or sued cause a collarbone not breaking when it "should" could lead to more serious injuries
  • + 2
 @wittereus: to a certain extent that helps but the crashes that seem to come from nowhere are harder to deal with. Most of my injuries are those types. On the ground and what the f*ck happened.
  • + 1
 @wittereus: Agreed. Unfortunately there's still the freak mishaps that catch even the best off guard.
  • + 2
 @BamaBiscuits: same with having played rugby for 9 years. Learning to fall safely and to roll out of impacts with the ground is so important in mountain biking. So many times I've seen people take big slams and not walk away due to not knowing how to fall/putting their hands out to catch themselves etc. Sure you get arguably more bruised up by knowing how to fall but it must have saved my collarbones a fair few times.
  • + 4
 Bummer to see this. Have been rooting for you from the PNW. But please don’t rush things. Healing takes a lot of facets but time is one thing that is out of you locus of control. Wouldn’t want to see you race before you are ready and risk prolonging your primary injury and create secondary injuries. Healing vibes to you brotha.
  • + 2
 I hear that these guys are getting beat up pretty hard at EWS. The bikes are holding up pretty well but the courses are close to DH but on small travel bikes. Hard sport to be sure.
  • + 1
 Anyone here break their collarbone but like ripped all the tendons that hold up your shoulder? Broken collarbone I can deal with (well maybe)

but GOOD GRIEF it REALLY sucks when your whole arm is severed from your shoulder. Doc had to insert 2 metal rods to help hold my arm up.
  • + 6
 Melamed-ic
  • + 3
 tragic, yet funny. German humour....
  • + 2
 Not sure why they don’t wear upper body armour. I know some cases it might not help. But some of the gear they have theses days are pretty minimalist. Speedy recovery JM.
  • + 5
 I guess it is hard to pedal in. Also, I'm not sure how it would help against collarbone injuries though. It definitely is a trade off but there are some guys with mx style of armor. I can only imagine how hard it is to pedal with it.
  • + 8
 These dudes are FLYING and taking chances that computer-nerds like us wouldn’t take on a regular basis.
  • + 1
 You're pretty fast yourself and I've never seen you wear upper body armour.
  • + 4
 Not sure how armor would protect against a broken collarbone, as it's not a direct impact injury.
  • + 3
 Yeah hard to protect collarbone with MTB armour, not sure it's possible really?
  • + 1
 @j-t-g: after my wipeout late last year. I have been looking into getting the Troy Lee vest. Looks good but also looks hot to wear
  • + 1
 on the mend with a broken collarbone complete with surgery, hardware, and some rotator cuff damage, heal well Jesse! If you race the way you were prior, the EWS should be on the lookout for you!
  • + 1
 I'm on the mend with...Need more coffee
  • + 3
 Is there any TV coverage of enduro races, or is it only about tables with results and some photos?
  • + 1
 Lame. let s look other sites...
  • + 1
 If you have instagram you can follow the EWS page. Also I'm sure they will be coming out with a full video recap like they have for all their other races.
  • + 1
 @scottay2hottay: yes is so pleasant to see miniature videos on Insta... defenetly you can apreciate the style, lines and dificculty...
  • + 2
 Bummer, just raced CDC with this guy a few weeks ago... So fast. Hope he recovers just as fast as he rides!
  • + 2
 Hope you make it back for the next round Jessie.
  • + 1
 Im surprised there was only one injury? Aren't there like 100's of racers every enduro?
  • + 1
 Dang! I also broke my clavicle recently. Had plate installed Friday. We shall ride again soon Jesse! Heal quick
  • + 1
 Speedy recovery young man!
  • + 1
 Hope you have a speedy recovery and back on it soon ????
  • + 1
 Heal up quickly Jesse!
  • + 1
 Gutted for you man.
  • - 1
 So he broke his what?
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