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!
"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!
"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.