Video: Mark Matthews Is Rebuilt

Aug 5, 2014 at 10:38
by MIND SPARK CINEMA  
Views: 46,073    Faves: 411    Comments: 23




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Last Fall, Mark Matthews took a season ending tumble at Rampage that left him with a shattered femur. A crash like that can have riders swearing off riding for good, but not Mark. Taking it as an opportunity to rebuild himself, Mark set out to prove his doctors wrong and get back on the bike before their projected timelines. A disciplined exercise and physio regimen, proper diet and patience put him back in the saddle ahead of schedule in just 6 months. Mark now has a renewed appreciation for riding and a new motivation; to have fun.

Welcome back, Mark.
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56 Comments

  • + 51
 Fantastic recovery...good work man
  • + 4
 I would say he proved the doctors wrong! Great vid!
  • + 2
 his med bill is pretty rough for him
  • + 0
 So many femur breaks last year. I broke mine @ Canyons, Logan broke his at Rampage, Mark broke his at Rampage holy smokes...
  • + 1
 Nice 1, Great to see passion over come mental blocks. yourself hold you back so much after a bad crash.
  • + 2
 Ohh man the mental Demons suck!!! Besides having to get a blood thinner shot in the stomach twice a day, its one of the hardest thing to overcome.
  • + 2
 I had to wait until my boss left lab so I can watch this, and it was worth the wait
  • + 9
 Compounded my femur a year and a half ago just had my 5th surgery 2 weeks ago, was almost back to normal 2 months ago, but some how got mersa , infection was pretty bad had to pull the rod outta my femur and doc had to use a reamer to get the infection off my bone.back to square one for the 5th time. Even though im in pain just being 2 weeks outta surgery with the rod outta my leg it feels alot better just hope it grows back and dont need metal put back in because doc gave me a 50/50 shot of still needing metal.
  • + 4
 Keep rolling on brotha...sounds like a challenging journey, to say the least. You'll make it through.
  • + 2
 Thanks man its been a long road but hopfully its almost to the end
  • + 2
 Marks always been one of my favourite riders to watch. Glad your back!
  • + 1
 Good luck my friend I hope you're better. Remember not the sport its consequences our life's. If you drink beer you can have hard attack and this is most serious keep riding and take care
  • + 1
 Im getting better finally, iv had 2 more surgerys on my femur since that post, had a plate and 14 screws put in oct31st. Finally got cleared to start bending my knee after having a external fixator on my leg for 9 weeks and my whole leg was locked out. Its getting better just taking time.... Ill ride again when i can, have 2 new bikes waiting to get use..
  • + 16
 So happy you're back Mark.
  • + 8
 I was gonna make a clever quip about the Warden letting him out of prison, but upon closer inspection, he was riding a Chilcotin. Props to you for your determination and courage in your recovery. Great riding, cool trail and good song.
  • + 3
 As long as he's off that fugly Morpheus..
  • + 1
 At least a proper bike for Rampage this year. Morpheus should stick to that kid's backyard.
  • + 2
 Morpheus? He rode a Demo when he had the bad practice crash. www.pinkbike.com/photo/10201847
  • + 1
 Yeah my bad That was Chu mbey on the morpheus
  • + 5
 To see a rider's comeback after those scarry crash amaze me by their mental aspect healing. Not to shy away from those lips, jumps, drops and gaps means a lot. Props to them..
  • + 7
 Fun - the main reason we all get back in the saddle... Nice to see you back and enjoying being on your bike
  • + 4
 Did anyone else think the thumbnail for this video on the homepage looks like he's doing a no-handed manual?
Love Mark Matthews. Sweat Equity and this are both quality edits.
  • + 4
 Had mark as a coach at SGC this summer and just a a good positive open minded guy great to see him back on the saddle!
  • + 2
 Maybe his femur break was way worse than mine. I broke mine in July of last year and was riding DH again in October. Why did his take 6 months? I wonder if he has a Ti rode in his like i do?
  • + 5
 Broken in 5 places, non union fracture, almost needed a 2nd surgery. Didn't walk for 3 months. Yep I got a ti rod as well!
  • + 1
 Dang Mark that's rough... lol! Some folks may have Ti coils but we have Ti Rods (Pun not intended)!! Does your leg sometimes feel like there is some sort of magnetic sensation in it? I know that sounds weird its almost like when your leg vibrates as if your phone was going off in your pocket. Maybe im just crazy..well glad your back to the plate man.
  • + 3
 Congratulations on your speedy recovery Mark, that's is an amazing turn around for such a harsh injury. Keep having fun riding, its what its all about man.
  • + 4
 Nice work Mark! All that hard work looks like it paid off. Great video too!
  • + 4
 Is it just me or is it really hard to hear what he's saying over the singing in the background?
  • + 4
 this man is a legend
  • + 2
 Got to do a few laps with Mark in Whistler. It was easy to tell that he was really happy to be back on his bike.
  • + 3
 im glad to see someone running the same fork I though I was a loner
  • + 1
 same for me dude
  • + 1
 what u think of it
  • + 1
 i love it
  • + 1
 what others have you tried and how do you run the rebound and compression
  • + 2
 well thats the first single crown fork i use for freeride / light dh purpose, but i tried boxxer and dorado on my previous DH bike, i use this fork on a kona entourage and i run it with 90 psi 5 clicks of highspeed compression, 3 clicks of low speed compression and 4 clicks of rebound. i weight like 85kg
  • + 1
 do you run it at 180
  • + 1
 yeah
  • + 1
 do you not think its flexy with 34mm stantions
  • + 2
 Inspirational Recovery! Way to Go Mark!
  • + 1
 Is that intentional or just chance product placement he has the same Dagger knee pads as the advertisement banner above....
  • + 1
 Nice Mark! Gald You are back!
  • + 2
 What a great rode Math
  • + 1
 Inspirational video! Hopefully u can be soon at 100%.
  • + 1
 thanks for the inspiration! this is the true spirit of riding never stop.
  • + 2
 yaaa shark!
  • + 0
 wow quick recovery!! you can see how much his calf muscle has faded from not using for so long
  • + 2
 Yeah, his calf muscle was probably gone before Thanksgiving last year. I fractured my ankle at the start of July this year, and it didn't take long for my calf to look pathetic compared to my good leg Frown
  • + 1
 Nice video, so motivating! Does anyone know the soundtrack??
  • + 3
 Fire and "farewell dear ghost"-don't know anything about them just googled a line of the tune and confirmed on You tube. Great song......again pinkbike vids delivering on more music discoveries for me!
Nice see Mark back. Seem to recall his injury was detailed on that article detailing insurance and competing.So better than nice.Hard hard work-enjoy your time back on the bike.......keep the great vids up.
  • + 1
 Thanks very much! yeah, IMO perfect song choice. And this vid really has some soul in itSmile
  • + 1
 schon bisschen geil!!!
  • - 3
 40% slack 60% rad!!!!!!!!
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