Rider Down: Marco Osborne Injured

Dec 2, 2014
by Matt Wragg  
Marco Osborne, one of America's brightest up-and-coming talents in enduro racing, went down hard yesterday. While out riding with his teammate Mark Weir in Northern California he went over the bars at the wrong side of 40mph. He was rushed to hospital where he spent the night in the intensive care unit with serious internal injuries. We are told by his teammate, Ben Cruz, that he is doing better today, he has left intensive care and as things stand it is not looking like he is going to need more surgery. He says that the doctors are keeping him in hospital for a couple more days for observation, but it looks like the worst is already behind him and he is in good spirits.

Photo courtesy of Ben Cruz

Like his racing, Marco doesn't do his crashing by halves either. Photo courtesy of Mark Weir


Photo courtesy of Ben Cruz

We're not doctors, so we're not going to guess at what this MRI means, probably pain. Photo courtesy of Mark Weir


All of us here at Pinkbike would like to wish Marco a full and speedy recovery - hopefully this won't rule him out of racing in the Enduro World Series this year.


48 Comments

  • 37 4
 40 mph?! I don't even drive that fast
  • 37 3
 you're 16, why are you driving?
  • 11 3
 I live in belgium (i go to a boarding school in schotland), there 16 is the minimum age.
  • 4 1
 I know that dude is from UK but here in Canada in the province of Alberta they can drive by themselves at 15/16 maybe even 14... I'm from BC and we drive at 16/17 (not by ourselves though) Young Albertans are not allowed to drive in BC, our roads are intense.. even for mature drivers..
  • 3 0
 oh, ok
  • 8 0
 As an Albertan, you get a learners license at 14 and you can't drive by yourself until you're 16.
  • 6 0
 I got my auto driving license at 16... but they let me have a under 400cc motorcycle license at 14. good logic there.
  • 1 0
 If you know Marco then you know how tough that guy is. He should be on the bike in no time!
  • 1 0
 40MPH
  • 1 0
 HOPE HE HEALS UP

ON the comments above, its insane that your governments in the states and Canada allow you to drive what is ultimately a 2-3 ton crushing machine (pickups) and own mad guns while still growing pubic hair,but have such strong laws on alcohol etc

wacky world
  • 1 0
 Our roads are generally much less congested than yours, I was driving dump trucks by 18. Our alcohol laws are not as strongly enforced as one might think, especially on the east coast.
  • 25 2
 That's a CT, not MRI. And it looks like he either lacerated his liver or a bad contusion. He likely had internal bleeding with this. Hope he heals up without issues!
  • 75 0
 Hey, I said I wasn't a doctor!
  • 7 0
 their actually pointing at his spleen. liver is on the other side. looks like he might have a hematoma in his spleen that they are monitoring.
  • 3 0
 That image is looking from the feet up, not head down. They are pointing to his spleen, not his liver.
  • 75 1
 You guys are both wrong. That is one of his huge balls.
  • 7 1
 Looks like a splenic laceration that's on the higher end of what can be observed vs taking the spleen out. Agreed that it's a CT, not an MRI. Not a lot of bleeding from the one slice you can see in the pic, which is probably why they feel safe watching it. The ICU stay is most likely to monitor for bleeding.
  • 7 20
flag ovadebarz (Dec 3, 2014 at 13:26) (Below Threshold)
 It's a CT, it's his spleen.. More important... It's private personal data.. And from a governance aspect at least in the Uk ( don't know about the states) that even if the pic was taken by the patient / his mates.. It's breaking a shit ton of laws putting it on the Internet... Even if OK in USA / Canada PB are potentially in shit putting this on a global page, consent irregardless.
  • 9 0
 you must a lawyer?
  • 8 0
 Actually, the image is de-identified, so there's no way of knowing whether that scan is actually his.
  • 2 0
 @ovadebarz - If the individual gives his consent then no laws are broken, even if it displayed all of his personal / private details....which it doesn't
  • 3 0
 and irregardless isnt a word
  • 1 0
 "isnt" isn't either smartypants ;-)
  • 1 0
 no jmbrit, youre right. it aint.
  • 10 0
 I don't think there's a right side of 40mph to crash on.... Heal up soon.
  • 1 0
 Exactly. I can't think of any mountain bike crash at 40mph+ that ends well.
  • 4 1
 415 shredder. Future legend. Heal up my man Marin General is a good spot to be!
  • 3 0
 the MD's response to the abnormal scrotum... 'yep, as expected, they're larger than normal"
  • 3 0
 When I read this I just about fell off my chair. Get well soon Marco!
  • 2 0
 Damn, Marco! Heal up fast!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Brace yourselves, the doctors of Pinkbike will be coming out of the woodwork! But seriously, heal up.
  • 11 1
 There ARE some actual doctors out here, you know... Wink
  • 1 0
 I stand corrected! Sorry DrPete lol
  • 1 0
 Heal up dude. Injuries are shit, but as soon as you're back on the bike everything will be fine again!
  • 1 0
 Bro! Get better soon so you walk the red carpet at The Rise of Enduro movie premiere!
  • 2 0
 Sending you some healing vibes and hope you get well soon Marco
  • 2 1
 "Went over the bars at the wrong side of 40mph." He rides a lefty?
  • 1 0
 Really curious about the fall. Was he booming a gravel road?
  • 2 0
 Heal quick buddy!
  • 1 0
 I hope you get better and back on that bike soon!
  • 1 0
 SHIT! That looks like what happened to me a couple months ago!
  • 1 0
 You can see a wiener right by the pointer ... It's a boy !!
  • 1 0
 hope he gets well soon.. heard those secret trails they ride are crazy
  • 1 0
 Terrifying. Healing vibes sent.
  • 1 0
 fuerza dude!!!
  • 1 0
 Marco!!!! Get well soon!
  • 1 0
 Get well soon buddy!

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