Neko Mulally Out With Broken Leg - Snowshoe DH World Cup 2019

Sep 5, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  
Neko Mulally found slipping around in the mud quite enjoyable on his way to a safe 21st place


bigquotesI broke my leg in practice this morning, but it was not too serious of an injury and I’ll be healed up in no time. I fractured my fibula and sprained my ankle. Everything looks straightforward and should heal in 6-8 weeks.

The course was really greasy this morning. I slipped a pedal in the lower rock garden and ran over my ankle and lower leg with my rear wheel and bottom bracket. I’ve done this before and thought it was just a rolled ankle, but as I tried to walk out I could feel the bones in my lower leg crunching. If anyone has felt this, it’s not too painful but you know something isn’t right. I rolled down the slope and took the lift up to the medical center where they suggested I go to get some X-rays.

I want everyone to know that I’m fine, not in pain, and will heal up quick. I had high hopes for this weekend racing close to home and a lot of friends and family coming out to watch the race, so I’m just disappointed that I won’t be able to show what I can do.

Thanks to Jack Moir and Charlie Harrison for helping me out of the rocks and thanks to the Snowshoe and WVU medical guys for taking care of me here at the venue. Should be a great race this weekend and represent our region well.
Neko Mulally



78 Comments

  • 136 19
 Frankenstein turned on it’s creator.
  • 45 2
 You mean the wretch turned on Frankenstein?
  • 52 1
 Dr. Frankenstein was the Kreator
  • 69 1
 "You can feel the bones crunching...not too painful". #beast
  • 4 0
 If you've ever broken your fibula, it's exactly as Neko describes. Breaking your fibula is not a big deal at all.
  • 4 0
 @BudGreen: Yup I had a dual spiral fracture in mine. When they opened me up, the piece fell out. I had been trying to ride and "walk it off" 3 months prior to surgery. It was ok front to back, but if I planted my foot and twisted it would drop me. Finally conceded and got it checked out and they screwed it back together
  • 17 0
 Tis just a flesh wound.
  • 6 0
 The man ran himself over... literally his own worst enemy.
  • 3 0
 @BudGreen: I broke my fibula, and my tibia, in two places, and I could see the tib sticking out of my long johns, it WAS a big deal.
  • 1 0
 @BudGreen: not every fibula fracture is the same, that´s why there is couple classification systems for ankle fractures...
  • 36 1
 WC downhill is basically hunger games right now - the only one left wins the series?
  • 29 0
 Heal up Neko
  • 17 0
 Heal up Neko. Wow that sucks. Was really looking forward to seeing you ride this weekend. Come crutch your way over to the NICA tent and say hello to some WV kids new to the sport of cycling. Seriously a bummer for you I’m sure. Lots of love from WV
  • 20 2
 Was hoping to see your name on the leader board this weekend. ????
  • 8 0
 Super bummer totally gutted for you, heal up man! I can not wait to see you at Windrock! The hard work you are putting in really means something to a lot of people. Thank you, you are making DH in the south east!
  • 13 4
 Feel sorry for these soccer placers who get their toe stepped on & fall over and have to be stretchered off
  • 7 0
 Damn.. I just put him on my Fantasy team for a little home grown Karma. But heal up Neko
  • 7 0
 Damn dude. I was so excited to see how good Neko could do. Last race in the US was a chainless podium.
  • 6 0
 NO! Was so looking forward to seeing you hit this course and reap the rewards of all your hard work. Get well and heal up!
  • 6 0
 Favorite wc racer. The work this guy does for the dh scene and trails in America is amazing
  • 7 1
 Just watched the Fox video with Neko. He was so excited and proud. What a bummer.
  • 1 0
 THIS! Wink :"I ran over my ankle and lower leg with my rear wheel and bottom bracket. I’ve done this before and thought it was just a rolled ankle, but as I tried to walk out I could feel the bones in my lower leg crunching. If anyone has felt this, it’s not too painful but you know something isn’t right." Wink
  • 3 2
 At least it wasn't a tib-fib. That really sucks. Was hoping to ride with him again now he is an hour away. Used to roll with him or try at Redding,PA back in the day. Heal up quick!
  • 2 2
 I've snapped my Tib/Fib twice in my life, same leg. Its not an injury you easily come back from and the complications never go away. Good to hear it's only his Fib
  • 1 0
 @Tmackstab: Yes very familiar and part of the major hardware club.
  • 3 0
 Dang man!!! Sorry to hear that but know that we are thinking of you. Heal up!
  • 4 0
 My bones are just crunching. No big deal...
  • 4 0
 What a bummer for Neko and the US. Windrock world cup.
  • 7 5
 Everyone in the comments section of the POV: "This course looks so easy!"

We beg to differ, Snowshoe is gnar.
  • 28 0
 don't think anyone's said that
  • 3 0
 @mtbmaniatv: go find the preview from a couple months back. Or the original course preview on youtube comments are rife with keyboard warriors proclaiming how easy the course looks and disregarding the gopro effect
  • 9 0
 @lognar: This course looks so easy!
  • 1 0
 @lognar: true. I remember reading all the internet flexing. I avoided engaging the monkeys and their poo fling...
  • 2 0
 I think this track is nasty. Big jumps and horrific rock features. A gopro footage of a pro rider just makes a beast of a track look easy.
  • 1 0
 Well... to be fair, it’s a track with pretty wide variety. Some parts are gnarly because of how rocky they are, you can really tell in Gee’s preview how much focus and effort it takes compared to other tracks.

Probably also a function of riders not knowing the track. Rocky tracks suck before you know the lines.
  • 2 0
 This sucks. For whatever reason, neko can really turn it up when a race is on his home turf, but now we won't see it.
  • 2 0
 Man this year has has been BRUTAL for intense. Sending good vibes your way.
  • 1 0
 Well on the bright side (From the Intensefractoryracing instagram post), it looks like fox have a new metah helmet coming -
www.instagram.com/p/B2DSfU8Hovl
  • 3 0
 What a total beast - Neko evacuated himself !!
  • 2 0
 That blows! Heal fast Neko
  • 2 0
 This sucks, heal up quick..
  • 2 0
 What a nice perspective on a potentially soul crushing injury!
  • 2 0
 Sorry to hear that Neko heal up.
  • 2 2
 Of course I send my best wishes to Neko, but I would like to ask a question:
Do all these injuries mean that we have reached the limit of the tracks and speeds?
  • 2 0
 No. Now be quiet please.
  • 1 1
 @nvranka: Calm! mine was just a consideration.
And don't tell me what I can or can't write!
  • 1 0
 @pk71: you're the one with exlamantion points, bud.
  • 1 0
 Man this guy is a whiner!

J/k Neko, heal up quick, can't wait to see you out there again.
  • 1 0
 Only and DH mtber woudl try and walk off a broken leg! Get fixed quick Neko!!
  • 1 0
 Its gonna get more greasy,hang on. Get better,quick!
  • 1 0
 Dough! Sending healing vibes your way!
  • 1 0
 its Doh... Doh.
  • 1 0
 Maybe you should send cookies?
  • 1 1
 Healing vibes Neko....I just hope you didn't damage my Candaid raffle prize bike.????
  • 1 1
 It’s part of the sport. Love it or hate it gotta deal with it and keep fit and active.
  • 3 0
 lt's those broken ankles that keep me coming back! Love em'
  • 1 0
 Tib plateau fracture in july, i know your pain.
  • 1 0
 damn!!! Healing vibes your way Neko.
  • 1 0
 100% class act and example of a true professional. Champ
  • 1 0
 Damn.
  • 1 0
 That sucks! Heal up!!
  • 1 0
 Bah. Sux. Heal up!
  • 1 0
 Man huge bummer.
  • 1 0
 2019 strikes again
  • 1 0
 Noooo!
  • 1 0
 Well shit !
  • 1 0
 Healing vibes Neko!
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