Sam Reynolds Out of DarkFEST After Breaking Wrist on New Trick Jump

Jan 31, 2019 at 6:10
by Eric Palmer  
PRESS RELEASE: DarkFEST


On Tuesday evening the guys had a test session and started warming up on the step up and drop, checking speed for the newly upgraded big beast of a trick jump. The nerves were high, testing jumps of this size never gets less scary. The lip is around 5m tall with the landing 15m away, which makes this one of if not the biggest trick jump ever!

Supervising the build

Teamwork

Getting involved with a little help from Nico

Shuttle Pick Up

After a few run ins to eye it up, Sam decided to send it first. Not knowing what speed to head into it, his main concern was overshooting it. With such a steep landing, you could end up coming down a long way. He went in fast, but not full speed and popped sooo high off the lip. Unfortunately, he just didn't get the distance and had to hit the eject button. He came down hard on the back of the landing (it is like concrete), taking a lot of the impact on his foot, hip and shoulder all on his right. But, his left hand and wrist took the brunt of the force. He's fractured and dislocated some of his carpals and shattered the end of his ulna, which will need surgery. This obviously means he won't be able to ride at DarkFEST, which we are sad to say, but the madness will continue. Sam will be around to chat to fans and cheer his friends on!

Moments before impact

Sam s broken hand
Sam s broken hand

Clemens jumped in the digger the next morning and reshaped the lip to make it safer. These guys are pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a bike. With their experience, they are often on point, but every now and then the calculations are slightly off. These are the risks we forget when we watch them fly through the air and make these jumps look so smooth and effortless. A crash like this on normal trails would leave you with a few bruises, but with the jumps he guys are dealing with here, a small miscalculation has much higher risk, so they really do focus on trying to keep everything as safe as possible.

bigquotesIt's definitely weird not having Sam around for just one day. Like when I changed the takeoff, him not being here to decide on final tweaks, there was clearly something missing. Well, the course is built and from now on we're just gonna ride and take time. Maybe 4-5 speed checks before we hit a new jump, just to be really sure and minimize the risk.Clemens Kaudela



39 Comments

  • + 19
 Wow that's a damn bad one. Heal up quick man you'll be back on the horse in no time! May be a coincidence, but I have my MRI follow up today on my wrist..looking like surgery for myself too!
  • + 17
 Major props to him for going for it, and his bail out looked perfect. I wonder if MTB could learn a bit from the Nitro Circus crew, because it seems like Nitro has the big jump testing figured out. They usually seem to have airbags, soft landers, and other catch devices setup on the backsides, around the jumps, at least for the testing of speed phases.
  • + 5
 totally! these boys need some crash padding, at least for lip checks an practise!!
  • - 2
 I'll start with the disclaimer that I can't do jumps anything like this and really don't know what I'm talking about when I say; the bailout looked like it was timed well, but he hit like a sack of potatoes! Why didn't he put out his hands and feet to cushion the landing?! Genuine question cause I can't see the answer, not because I'm trying to be nasty to an awesome rider.
  • + 4
 @landscapeben: Well, your natural reaction is to reach out and brace for impact, but he broke his wrist without even extending; imagine if he had take all that force on his forearms...

Most of the time you see these guys roll and slide, to try and dissipate the forces slowly. The problem here is that he essentially hit a wall with a perpendicular trajectory; not a lot of ways to shave off forces before you come to a complete stop....
  • + 0
 @plyawn: I think i get it though I would have thought you could use your legs and arms like springs if you did it right, but perhaps that's just inexperience talking.
  • + 2
 Springs with ligaments just waiting to pop and joints to bust out of.. would be a much tougher recovery than some broken bones
  • + 0
 There's always the opinion, which I share, that things like airbags and inflatable resi-landings take away something from the act. There's a whole lot more to doing this than just bike control, you've got to be dominating your fear of injury and accepting the risk. It's part of what makes it so phucking awesome to see.
  • + 1
 @landscapeben: There is just a limit of what you can feather of and this impact was well beyond that. At some point your just going to look like a sack of potatoes hitting the ground and there is nothing you can do about it.
I think a broken wrist is quite decent, that could have been worse.
  • + 1
 @landscapeben: I think on a smaller jump he would have been fine,his weight was actually well distributed, especially if you read that he is bruised up on his whole right side, but no further fractures.
If you look at the photo of him ejecting you see it is the equivalent of jumping out of a 2nd storey window.. at what seems to be easily 30 km/h into a wall he hit almost at a 90 degree angle.. the best wrist/bones are not built for that kind of impact
  • + 12
 I was looking forward too seeing that extension on that Superman! Heel quick man
  • + 19
 heel quick heal click
  • + 8
 January just finished as a bad month :-( Heal solidly Mr Reynolds. Won’t be the same w/o you
  • + 5
 those super steep jumps are the most difficult to judge speed at take off and control in air time. I hope you have a full recovery!
  • + 3
 Sad news, but you're a fuckin insane man, you'll be back soon. Best healing vibes Sam. Justgonnasendit
  • + 3
 All the best Sam!!! Hard bail... You will return stronger than ever...
  • + 2
 I love watching these big jump, big line events.....just be as safe as possible boys. Good Luck.
  • + 2
 I was expecting him too make it the second time, every time landed like a bag of spuds
  • + 1
 that looked narly as hell and he shore got the pop of the take off ramp ouchhhh i hope you get well soon sam
  • + 1
 On a side note, the action shot looks like Sam's just casually air walking as always
  • + 2
 F*** that.

Glad he’s not more seriously hurt
  • + 1
 He put his bike before himself...! Glad the bikes ok. smooth landing. (Joke)
  • + 1
 Heal up soon dude!!! Your riding it is quality and can’t get engouhh or it!!! Speed recovering for you Sam!!!
  • + 2
 MAN! get some crash padding. At least for lip checks an practise
  • + 1
 Such a bummer. Dude shreds.
  • + 1
 looked like the helmet snap-forward maybe slammed / busted the wrist ...?
  • + 1
 Hate reading stuff like this, heel up !
  • + 1
 Wishing you a speedy recovery!
  • + 2
 Heal up quick Sam
  • + 1
 What an animal! Healing vibes brother
  • + 1
 Noooooooo!
  • + 1
 Healing vibes, dood!
  • - 3
 Someone needs to send that to @wickedslams
  • - 2
 Gonna have some achey ass shoulders when you’re an old man Sam.
  • + 4
 Yeah maybe but he’ll be one hell of a cool granddad
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