It's no secret that last year's Rampage was on a whole different level of danger. With riders pushing the limit further and further each year, the bar has been pushed to the point of extreme consequence. To even crack the top 10 and get close to the podium, riders have to be prepared to put their lives & bodies on the line. The steep cliffs and massive drops of the Virgin, Utah terrain took out a handful of riders last year. Many straight to the hospital. One of the worst casualties however, was Logan Binggeli, and his massive backflip gone wrong off the Oakley Icon Sender step down...
Logan gives us his story:
Basically I felt like my first run was well thought out and solid. Not what I was looking for but just to make it down and put together a top to bottom run I was pleased with myself, and thought I would have done better with that run. Going into the final run I wanted to do the same thing but even more dialled and obviously flip that step down. I knew if I landed the flip and hit the 3 bangers at the bottom I would have a shot at the win.
Talk us through your 2nd run, and what was going through your head during the backflip and crash.
A shit ton of adrenaline. Ha ha. Just super focused and mentally telling myself "you got this". Honestly, everything came around better than I thought, but with that huge compression and mini runway things just didn't align. I do remember fighting to stay on track, but all too fast I was just laying there bummed that I didn't complete my line, and that I didn't know if I was going to walk. I couldn't feel my leg at all so before the medical crew told me my femur was broken I was mentally freaking out that I wasn't going be able to ride again. From there it was fighting pain and then I felt great once the drugs kicked in.
Overall, I just wanted to complete my line for myself, crew, family and friends. The recovery has been shorter than everyone expected, but it was still a life changing event for me.
Will this affect your confidence going into next year's Rampage?
Yeah, I'll be back full throttle for Rampage 2014! Going for the Win.
Hospital & Recovery:
How bad was the break?
The break is pretty serious anytime your snapping femurs, but in my case it was a clean break right through the middle. They had to put a ti rod on the middle on my bone with 4 screws total. That hardware all has a lifetime warranty too! Ha ha.
What was your recovery process like?
Recovery was 5 days a week at therapy and on the weekends I was doing as much as I could.
Was it more physical or mental for you?
It's definitely way more mental than physical for me, but I still have a solid 3 months till my body is 100% healed.
Does KHS provide health insurance?
Yeah, KHS helped me out with some medical expenses.
Back on the bike:
It has now been almost 4 months since his injury, and we are starting to see photos and even video parts surface on the web. Although not 100% healed, Logan looks strong and seems to be making an amazing recovery back on the bike. At his first race back at the Fontana winter series, he came in a solid 4th just under Aaron Gwin, Mitch Ropelato and Neko Mulally, and recently took the win out at the Mob n Mojave race out at Bootleg Canyon. Not a bad way to comeback from a horrific injury!
|I'm motivated more than ever now. I've probably trained harder than I ever have just to get back to the pace I was at. I feel like we're going to be turning some heads this year. Excited for 2014. - Logan Binggeli|
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