Every mountain biker has had to deal with this annoying injuries. But why are we doying this? Why are we constantly putting ourselves at risk of injury? Riding mountain bikes is not only a sport … it's a passion – It is a community and for many people it's their life. That means every one of us takes the risk of crashing, some more – some less.
Last year, Sascha Bamberg shatterd his right tibia and fibula into many pieces, just above the ankle joint. It happened on Madeira while he was riding Brendog's Deathgrip Line. He overshot one jump ans thus missed the berm to the next one.
In theory, better not wreckyourself on beautiful Madeira island, as there is no rescue helicopter and the official hospitals are not the best.
At first Saschas friends carried him out of the trail - put him on his bike, and pushed him towards the road. After a tour around the island in the ambulance car and the escape from the public hospital to a private clinic, the best Doc on Madeira, Paulo Sales, who is also passionate mountain biker, fixed the bone puzzle in Bam's leg with 2 plates and 18 screws.
Then the boring time on the couch began, because at first the bones had to find their way together. Sascha was able to move his foot but was not allowed to give any pressure on it. Maybe this was the hardest job - not to to loose the motivation during that period. But if you are a sports junkie, you only have on mission: getting back on the bike. And good friends always can make your day with a nice cake.
After 2,5 months on the x-ray pictures you could see that the bones do their job, so Sascha was able to give a little bit of weight on the leg. That means it was time to get the bike out of the garage, but keep the ass in the saddle for another 2,5 months. This was the perfect training for getting back mobility and muscles. And it's always nice to spend time with friends on the bike and cruise through Cologne.
Its not easy to find a good ankle protection with so much metal in your foot. But if you try enough products you will find something which will fit you and doesn't annoy you while riding.
Another 2,5 months later Sascha was able to start riding trails. Step by step it was time to get back to business. First he had to keep it easy and ride the smooth trails, but because he was still totally motivated, the leg became better from day to day.
6 Months after the injury we now shot this video. When riding bikes you can see almost no difference and it's total nice to be able to ride again. But walking still isn't a round thing and running isn't possible at all. There is still some work to do. Hopefully in the beginning of the next year the metal be removed ...
Video: Thanh Ebert & Pia Rummland
Photo: Tim Pfeiffer & Andreas Birkner