Red Bull Rampage - Mike Kinrade Injury Update

Oct 2, 2010
by Tyler Maine  
Our good man, Mike Kinrade took one hell of a digger while practicing on Thursday for Sunday's Finals (he was pre-qualified and had randomly drawn the #1 plate). He just got out of surgery late yesterday to repair his broken tib/fib. Julian was able to visit Mike at the hospital yesterday and Mike just fired a few pics over to let us all know that he's ok.

Read on,

Kinrade didn't compete in qualifying as he went down in practice on this line. This photo is from 2008 showing the same hit. We went to check up on Mike in the hospital. Listen to him talk about the crash and his injury. Get better budday!
Kinrade didn't compete in qualifying as he went down in practice on this line. This photo is from 2008 showing the same hit. We went to check up on Mike in the hospital. Listen to him talk about the crash and his injury. Get better budday!

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"I was riding the finals zone solo practicing my line, and working my way down the course and it came to the 2nd to last hit. A big stepdown that I had hit in 2008's Red Bull Rampage and was feeling confident on. I had never hit it from a still point on the hill, I had always come into it from the move before, but I felt like I had the same speed. In retrospect I should have had someone judging my speed for me. Claw gave me the nod from the previous run-in, but we didn't really converse much more than that. As soon as I took off I knew this was going to be a hard hit so I just hung on till the end. I snapped my tib/fib upon landing, pretty mellow considering the size of things. Everything else is fine (even my bike feels fine, suspension and all) Surgery was done the morning after @ Springdale hospital and the Doctors say it couldn't have gone any better.

See you all soon! Happy trails!


Still pedaling...
Still pedaling...

"Dusty but still good to go. Aside from a twisted bar, even the suspension feels as plush as ever. Not the best way to test the durability of a bike, but after logging over 600,000' vertical feet this year, and shredding the Rampage until this gruesome end, the bike is still ready to shred.

-Mike Kinrade


50 Comments

  • 28 1
 Mike, we're so stoked to see that you are ok buddy! Heal up and see you in the Kootenays in the winter and then on the trails in the Spring man!
  • 6 1
 Heal up quick Mike!
  • 18 1
 What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, GL bro.
  • 17 0
 that and the 6 Ti bolts now holding his leg together
  • 2 0
 This does not apply to many things.... CRAZY sized crash, glad he's OK.
  • 1 0
 heal up quick mike! lotsa people cheering for ya.
  • 5 0
 Remarkable professionalism in taking the time to talk to media and in telling us that the bike and components stood up to the huge crash. I think if I'd just broke tib/fib and had surgery I'd be too pissed to take the time, and only interested in getting home. I guess it's this sort of dedication and this level of professionalism that has allowed Mike to last all these years and still make a living.

Get well soon and thanks for taking the time to give us an update!

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  • 2 0
 Heal up Mike, and check out some Bone Knitting Powder!!
  • 1 0
 i had a pretty much identical break a few years back. my story isnt nearly as hardcore though. heal up quick, ski seasons just around the bend
  • 1 0
 Healing vibes Mike! Can't wait to see you tear it up next year at Rampage.
  • 1 0
 Way to send her! Get healed up quick!
  • 1 0
 hope he gets back as strong as he always had ben
  • 1 0
 oh my god he said he went about 60x70ft, thats like 80ft flying distance!
  • 3 0
 actually, its 92feet.
  • 9 0
 so that hit they showed.... he went to flat on THAT!?!?

i already had utmost respect for kinrad and transition, now i just want to air mail those guys a beer. holy shit
  • 6 0
 Thanks for all the positive vibrations pinkbike! To answer some of the questions, it is a Surgical grade Steel plate, and I was pre-qualified for the finals and was just anxious to get practicing. You will all see me soon shredding again. Little things like this can't hold us riders down. Peace!
  • 1 0
 Ahmen
  • 2 0
 I wonder if extra medical staff or maybe trauma specialists are brought in to the hospital closest to Rampage in the time around the event. These riders are definitely pushing the envelope and putting their health at risk for the sake of the sport and our entertainment. I never want to see anyone get hurt especially in a serious way. Everyone riding Rampage amazes me with their bravery (craziness?) and deserve huge respect!
  • 1 0
 There's enough tourists hurting themselves in Utah on bikes, ATV, motos, snowmobiles, etc that all major hospitals see this type of injury year round.
  • 1 0
 Hope your leg makes a quick, full and clean recovery bro! Going down biking is the only way to break a bone! Wink Hope you're up and riding again soon man!
Also, nice to see your bike survived better then you did, haha!

Again, heal up quick buddy! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 casts really suck. i was in one for eaght weeks for the summer. it relly sucked. but i am back riding. sorry that you broke the biggest bone in the body. how long will it take to heal. i am gessing from the xray it looks to be a nonunion fracter. 6-8 weeks. now dont take the cast off too early. it really sucks comming out of a cast. watching your frends go biking, while you at sitting and wasting away. i am gessing that you are going through the 5 fases of breaking a bone. first one is pitty. second is anger. 3 rd is depression 4 is the light at the end of the tunnel. 5th is your leg starts to feel better and you want to take off the cast, but you cant. sorry for the long comment. i was in you spot 5 times. i had whey too many casts. but i am shure you bone will heal if you dont move your leg. and o yea dont smoke and drink it limmets the blood flow to the broken leg and it will take a long time to heal.
  • 1 1
 Wrong bone. Femur is the largest. He broke his tib/fib above the ankle (two smaller bones). Been there, done that...

Also, PLEASE spell-check your posts. It was painful trying to read your post.
  • 1 0
 i'm impressed i had the same injury almost 3 month ago. it was the same bone but only manage to get 5 and not 6 screws in my leg but the funny thing is that i was also ridind a transition TR450. Wat can i say! i guess this guy wanted to be like me!! hahaha...
  • 4 0
 unlucky Frown
  • 1 0
 goog luck boy, but if that is a busted up pilon tibia, oufff. riding is going to be put back to years... after a year you will get the metel out because of swelling... it hapened to me dec 23 2008 and i started riding this summer... and i was lucky... most people walk with a canne for the reste of thier lives... but you are in shape, you ll be o.k. in the mean time work on girls on msn...
  • 1 0
 it is stainless steel that they us
  • 1 0
 i have an open fracture of my lower tib and fib, (bone came through the side of my ankle) i had a tibial nail the length of my shin with 3 screws and i was rolling around after 3 months, and riding properly after 6, DH season 8 months later.

How is this fracture so different with such a huge recovery period?

And it titanium in my leg, and the same in my mates, hes got his out and its crazy light.
  • 2 0
 Cool to see Mike doing Ok, sad to see both Transition riders out. Get better soon man.
  • 1 0
 Get better soon. Even with a broken Tib/Fib. you could probably still send it bigger than anyone else out there! Hope to see you riding again in Nelson.
  • 1 0
 Thats transition for you dude, some of the best bikes around if not the best, top 3 with out a doubt. Good luck healing up and shred shit up next year
  • 3 1
 Hey you have screws in your tib ! Hope you get better soon
  • 1 0
 Hope that is Ti or Al screw, for the weight Wink
  • 6 1
 It's always going to be surgical grade titanium.... What did you expect? Iron screws?
  • 2 1
 I've got 6 screws and a pin in my arm from when i broke it too. Got the old ones out when i broke it again, so i got to keep 'em. They're shiiiiiiny. Like 50 bucks US each or something crazy.
  • 2 1
 actualy,it's hardly ever ti, only to replace joints and hiigh friction locations on the body. that is probably surgical grade stainless steel. i have 10 screws and a plate in my shoulder. fortunatly i dont know how much they cost cause my country doesn't have a lame 2 tear medical system.
  • 2 0
 The one's I got are Ti.
  • 2 1
 the plates are Ti for sure - steel that thin wouldn't offer any support at all - I have 2 Ti screws and a plate in my wrist
  • 2 1
 you realise the tensile strength of steel is almost 50 000 psi stronger the ti, right?
Ti is usually 200 000psi yield (for the super high quality stuff) steel alloy is about 250 000psi. if it was near you wrist, near a joint, they would use ti. but they dont in all applications, like i said above. Actully surgical steel is used a lot more then Ti.
  • 1 0
 sorry to hear that you wont be riding in the finals mike.heal quickly. see ya around
  • 1 0
 Good to hear he came out in one piece!!! Sounds like one hell of an impact. 60x70 is ridiculous. Keep sendin er man!
  • 1 0
 A lot of the top riders didn't make it to the finals, sucks but that's the way it goes. Get well soon Mike
  • 2 1
 heal quick mike! sorry to hear this!
  • 1 0
 Sorry to hear Mike, get well soon.
  • 1 0
 he is on so many pain killers in the audio piece haha!
  • 1 0
 Get well soon... Good luck!
  • 1 0
 Kinrade's the man! Heal up bro!
  • 1 0
 I've had the same type of surgery, your gonna be fine, keep on truckin.
  • 2 1
 get better man!
  • 1 0
 Get better soon man.
  • 1 0
 it wont brake anymore!!

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