Phil Atwill, Bernard Kerr & Matt Simmonds to Miss Val di Sole with Injuries

Jul 31, 2019 at 8:40
by James Smurthwaite  
Bad news for three Brits who were just starting to pick up pace this year as Phil Atwill, Bernard Kerr and Matt Simmonds have all announced injuries will keep them out of racing in Val di Sole. With Lenzerheide coming just a week later, we're unlikely to see them racing there either. Here's the info from the riders:

Matt Simmonds:

bigquotesGutted to say I won’t be racing in @valdisolebikeland this week. During finals in Les Gets I took a big slam that resulted in a fractured eye socket, hoping to be back soon enough though. Good luck to all on the black snake.

Phil Atwill

bigquotesUnfortunately I won’t be joining the boys in the pit this week... A crash last weekend has put me out with a broken Scaphoid. Frustrating as the season just started to turn around but that’s how it goes sometimes. Gonna miss Val di Sole and Lenzerheide for sure. Surgery this week and hopefully a speedy recovery to follow. I’d love to be back in time for the last round buts let’s see how we go. Cheers Cube Global Squad for all the support.

Bernard Kerr

bigquotesGutted to say that I cracked a bone in my hand at the end of last week on a stupid crash...I was looking forward to these next races more than you can imagine after a frustrating last couple of rounds. Should be back pretty soon and in time to do some more racing! See everyone at the races.

We're sending out healing vibes to both the riders and we hope to see them back racing soon.


  • 79 0
 Thing about tandem bikes is when it goes bad it goes really bad. Heal up boys.
  • 21 0
 Was looking forward to see if Kerr would find any more huge gaps to hit
  • 18 0
 He's been looking flat out pinned all season. What a bummer
  • 17 0
 Sorry Bernard. You were in my DH Fantasy team and therefore cursed. My bad.
  • 9 0
 Lots of great riders on the sidelines right now. What a bummer!
  • 5 0
 Scaphoid fractures are a real bummer, extremely slow to heal and very frustrating in the meantime (speaking from experience). At least Phil is getting surgery, that'll speed it up.
  • 6 1
 For real. I had to wipe my butt with my left hand for years after fracturing my right scaphoid. Stupid tiny, useless, slow-to-heal bones.
  • 92 1
 @nitur: I usually wipe my butt with paper.
But to each their own, I guess.
  • 1 3
 @mi-bike: You win the comment of the day.

As for scaphoid, it's super quick to heal if it's a clean break. One screw and in 2 weeks I had 50 lb dumbbells no problem & back on the bike in 3, then racing at 5 weeks.
6 weeks full strength, 12 weeks, as much flexibility as can be expected back.
  • 1 0
 I can back that I've broken two myself - both 3 months off
  • 5 1
 It seems like, more and more, the key to success at the uppermost levels is injury & risk management. This is probably where the support of a rich sponsor really makes the difference.
  • 2 2
 More and more? Are you being serious?
  • 10 1
 A rich sponsor is the key to staying healthy now? The denim destroyer would beg to differ, methinks.
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 I mean having a dedicated masseuse, personal trainers, elite sports rehab, having all the circus of the pits taken care of for you, etc.

Yes, very fast riders like the Denim Destroyer can do well for a race or two, but say he takes a big spill, will he have a whole team of people to help him recover?
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 There is some truth to that, it seems like this season the injury rates for top riders in both DH and Enduro are extremely high. Which is a problem for the sport, if championships are decided more by injury luck than by rider skill. And don't kid yourself, at this level and at those speeds, luck an important factor. Just think of Jesse Melamed who had a season ending crash while intentionally riding carefully to avoid crashing.
  • 3 2
 Did not help Gwin though.
  • 3 0
 @fiatpolski: Um, he kinda won 5 out of the last 8 world cup overalls. Hes won something like 40% of the World Cup races where he started. I don't know how you have a better resume than that.
  • 6 0
 or were they playing bloody knuckles?
  • 3 0
 Damn son, just when they were both getting up to speed. Speedy recovery to the local boys.
  • 2 0
 I got a screw in my scaphiod, and it takes a while to get back up to speed , good luck and healing vibes
  • 1 0
 Do US / EU guys need extended insurance cover to get treatment for DH MTB injuries? None needed in Denmark, but don´t let them see this article.
  • 1 0
 Would be interesting to hear the stats on injury in DH biking. Must be one of the most injury prone sports.
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 @Thustlewhumber: Thanks! Looking on that one page showing 40% of men EWS riders reporting significant injuries. I guess when you push it that hard you're going to fall.
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 G might make the squad this year now...
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 The reason why i'm stopping this ... No more injury
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