Troy Brosnan Has Broken His Ankle at Australian National Champs

Feb 20, 2022 at 14:49
by Sarah Moore  


Troy Brosnan posted a DNF in the Australian National Championships this weekend and he's now shared footage of the crash that took him out. The nasty high-speed collision with a tree left him with a broken ankle that will potentially need surgery.

bigquotesThis is not how I was hoping National champs would go. This crash in my race run has left me with a broken ankle that will potentially need surgery this week.

I was feeling really good on the bike and all the testing here at National champs was feeling ready for the first World Cup but I think I’ll be missing the first round in France now. I’ll keep you all updated as to when I’m back on the bike and ready to be racing again. Thanks to the two guys that carried me off the hill and @bennywilson9 for the video.
Troy Brosnan

With the World Cup DH season kicking off in Lourdes, France in just over a month, it seems unlikely that we'll see Brosnan there.

We're gutted for Troy and wish him all the best with his recovery.


104 Comments

  • 58 1
 "My ankle feels pretty sore" most chill comment I've ever heard after someone's broken any bones... barely looked like he felt it xD
  • 55 0
 When I broke my leg and fractured my ankle pretty bad it was not that painful, add in some race adrenaline can see how it didn't hurt much. What hurt for me was laying down in an ants nest for over a hour waiting for the heli lol
  • 30 0
 @UBNC: Yep. I'll take a broken bone over torn ligaments any day - both in terms of pain and recovery.

Actually, come to think of it, I've had gravel rash more painful than two of my breaks.
  • 27 0
 I prefer the Tanner Hall approach personally.
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: absolutely! I’m waiting for surgery to replace my acl and mcl after sliding in to a tree at the ski hill. would be almost done recovery by now if it had just been a tib/fib break
  • 4 0
 @pacobolo: Same. MOST bone breaks are 8 weeks or so, then some muscle recovery.
ligaments, not so much.
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: depends on which ligaments, outer ankle ligaments don't hurt at all for most people. I tore them riding bmx once, and kept riding, i only thought something was wrong when my ankle turned blue and tennis ball sized in the evening
  • 8 0
 @iamamodel: I've broken my back, wrist and ankle. But the worst pain was still tearing my achilles. That's the only one that brought tears to my eyes.
  • 3 0
 A kid on a scooter pulled out on me cycling home from work, I went OTB and broke my ankle, a security guard from the shop opposite helped me up. I decided I didn't need an ambulance and cycled (1 foot clipped in) to the hospital a few km away.
It was a great plan until I tried to dismount and fell screaming on my already busy foot outside A&E
  • 3 0
 @pacobolo: I wish you the best,I´m still recovering from my ACL surgery. It is slow in some cases but way better than living with a broken one.
I ride my bike,but not so much yet. I´m taking it chill,no need to hurry on the rehab processes. Doing a lot of road bike or long XC rides helps a lot. I started ridding again in the pumptrack last summer,it was a slow process to wake up my knee but it worked really well.

@iamamodel: The moment I broke my ACL was a lot of pain for 5 - 10 seconds,then nothing,then weird numb sensation in the knee...
But days later pain was horrible again,so you get used to pain,I´m still in pain some days 1,5 year later.
  • 3 0
 @BorisBC35: Severed my Achilles above the ankle when I was 11. They split and spliced it with stainless wire. Took me out for about a year. Eons later and my double thick tendon is stronger than the other.
  • 3 0
 @iamamodel: Ligaments or joint injuries take a ton of time to heal and sometimes don't return to 100%. Standard broken bones can heal back to 100%. When I broke my tibia snowboarding, I walked on it for two weeks because the emergency room doctor did not want to take x-rays. It was a painful, but not as bad as some other injuries I have had.
  • 1 0
 @UBNC: I feel for you! I was sitting in a cold, muddy puddle with a broken and dislocated ankle, not feeling any pain or wet Smile I even popped it back in the socket. The level of adrenaline is insane. After three hours trip in the car, I managed to ensure my wife that I was fine in the evening, had three beers, and got to bed. I have managed to walk my daughter to the nursery in the morning and then admit myself into A&E dying.
  • 1 0
 @BorisBC35: Was yours a partial tear? When I ruptured my achilles it felt like a big electric shock, but the tear itself didn't hurt much at all.
A couple of hours later when my calf went into spasm was a different story, worst cramp ever and with no tendon attached to the bottom of it there's no way to stretch it out!
  • 2 0
 @pacobolo: I did my ACL/PCL/Meniscus DH biking and recovery was longer than my shattered elbow snowboarding, surgery, plates and pins... then collapsing and a second surgery for a prosthetic elbow. I was back on a bike in 3 months after my ACL but just easy riding. Hope yours goes well, do your exercises!
  • 1 0
 @dinosaurmonkey: Thanks, I’ve got a surgery date now, so working on ROM and recruitment exercises to go into surgery with as much strength as possible.
  • 24 0
 Really impressed with the crowd as first responders, could've freaked out but instead played it calm, kept things from escalating. Hope he can get the surgery if necessary and heal up soon
  • 8 0
 That’s an all time great “you good?”

Calm, curious, and an invitation to talk about what you’re feeling. You know, when you get around to it.

Usually those words mean “I’m catching a lot of feelings right now, so if you could calm me down before you worry about yourself that would be great.” The best is when they yell it before the guy stops. A few elite worriers can get it out before they even hit the ground.
  • 2 0
 @Blackhat: First sentence correct. Second wrong. Oh, wait I just reread the last of your post. You do understand but you haven't applied the Australian factor.
  • 11 0
 I just feel sorry for Marshall, it seems like he is always so busy at any event and almost needs to be in lots of places at once. You'd think they could get some other people to help him out at races.
  • 3 0
 @Blackhat: Did he say "take a seat" in the soothing voice of a psychotherapist? Troy probably gained a month's recovery time just from that vibe.
  • 4 0
 @BenPea: “Have a sit, have a sit.” Healing powers right there.
  • 1 0
 @RockynCamber: No I got the Australian part. “Feeling” is a pretty broad word, to include physical sensations. There was no risk Troy was going to start talking about his childhood.
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: underrated comment gold here
  • 1 0
 He was the last rider down so no need to rush.
  • 1 0
 He picked a good spot, right in front of 2 race organisers that have carried their fair share of people off the hill.
  • 22 1
 Yeeesh did anyone check if the tree was okay after that one?
  • 3 0
 Looked like the tree either moved out of the way or momentarily dematerialised to let his head through. Bad luck often seems to come with a dose of good fortune. That could have been way nastier. See you in Fort Bill, Troy.
  • 12 3
 That sucks hard for Troy, its great that these guys can line surgery up so quickly. Really gets them on the track to recovery fast. Us civilians tend to wait for the wheels of the health system a little longer. What a rapid crash
  • 30 0
 Broke my hand a couple of years ago, went to emergency and had surgery that day all via the public system. If the specialist deems it needs surgery it will happen.
  • 13 1
 Can't say I've had that experience. I fractured my pelvis in a crash and was being prepared for surgery hours later before a second set of x-ray's deemed it unnecessary. This was the public system and I'm a total numpty-punter.
  • 16 0
 Start of covid got helicoptered off a hill with a broken leg and ankle fractures etc, needed a week for swelling to go down and then had surgery. Cost me about $200 all up including the helicopter ride and meds, not sure what you are on about ;/
  • 13 0
 "Us Civilians" , if we've got something broken / dangling / bleeding or any other serious injury etc, get into surgery straight away, unless you are out in the boonies (and then, you get taken to main hospitals).

Our system here in OZ is not perfect, nothing is, but it's far better than many others out there. I'm old, with a lot of accumulated damage, having had many, many operations through the decades, and now, other serious health concerns, but I've been treated like a cashed up millionaire through our public system.
  • 2 0
 @casey79:
Not always. I broke my ankle and the doctor gave such little concern and consideration despite it drastically needing surgery.

Thankfully I had insurance and got surgery lined up. 12 weeks non weight bearing was not fun though.

Yes, it was in Straya about 8 years ago.
  • 3 0
 I waited 4 weeks to have a broken bone in my shoulder repaired because of covid, it just depends on how the injury is classified. Surgeon said he couldn't get away with classifying it as emergent so I had to wait. It sucked because it was possible to dislocate my shoulder if I moved my arm the wrong way.
  • 6 0
 US civilians tend to wait for the wheels of the health system too. And that's after paying a sh*t ton just to be part of it!
  • 7 0
 I saw an orthopedic surgeon (paying privately) to look at my broken wrist (bill $160 gap). He said I need to pin it ASAP, but he couldn't fit me in, so I went public. Plate inserted next morning (bill $0 Medicare). Bonza!
  • 19 0
 I will never complain about our health system after what my dad went through. 1 month in a coma, 6 weeks in ICU and 14 weeks in hospital total. Total bill was $112, because he got pay TV lol!
  • 4 0
 @bocomtb: US versus them
  • 8 0
 @Brasher: agreed. Our public hospitals are amazing despite operating on a shoe string. My mother had at separate times last year a massive heart attack and later double kidney failure. Total bill was something like $250 for one ride in the green limo. I can’t speak highly enough of the crew at royal Perth hospital, ED, ICU, and CCU. They are gods to me.
  • 7 1
 @The-Reverend:

Yes, some Doctors can be absolute w**kers. I've learned that over the decades. A bit of my permanent damage comes from an inept, uncaring, incompetent Doctor, when I was young and not yet as 'forceful' about my health. A useless, uncaring Doctor can be bypassed, you've every right to second and more opinions, with our Public Health Service here in OZ. Know your rights, and Don't take BS or uncaring idiocy from Doctors. They are Not gods, even though a fair few of them, have that viewpoint.

As a side note, I had the highest of health insurance you could have. As a person that partook in MC racing of many sorts, other active sports and DH, over many, many years, I paid that extra over and above our Medicare levies. I felt it was, and is, a responsibility on my part. Funny thing is, I think I used it with only a few of my operations - nearly all of it was done through the Public Health System. And, a couple through my Race Insurance from CA. And, my previous and current battles with The Dancer, and and now with the onset of another serious health problem, have all been under Medicare.
  • 1 1
 @Bearorso: The old man claims to have been detrimentally damaged by a surgeon. Whether or that is true is not for me to say. However, the last 7-odd years of his life have been completely f*cked, unable to function properly and lost all of his health and is in a constant state of pain, lost his wife (cancer and treatment denial), and his business (alleged foul play taking advantage of his poor condition).

As (legal) refugee immigrant, he started life in OZ with NOTHING, made a successful life for himself and his family, only to lose it all.

Life is about probabilities and nothing is certain or just-so. Point is, nothing is perfect and anything can f*ck-up at anytime.
  • 4 0
 ive been waiting over 5 months on a meniscus scope from a bucket handle tear thats locked my knee up here in canada and i still don't have a surgery date, sounds like i need to move eh
  • 4 0
 Recovering here from a ‘nasty’ wrist break in November. Similar dusty Aus conditions made my front wheel slide out suddenly.

after hiking out back to the car park, I rang emergency. The ambulance wouldn’t take me because ‘covid’. I drove myself an hour to hospital.

They re-set it, but had to operate as my ulna was in 3 pieces. After sitting on a plastic chair for 14 hours I had enough & checked myself . went to a private hospital, where they operated on me finally. Wouldn’t wish it on anyone . I’m over $2k out of pocket.

I guess the Pandemic has really shaken the system , because if this had happened s couple of years back I don’t think I’d have had so much trouble .

Anyway good luck, Troy. You’re a legend
  • 3 0
 @bravefart: It's real 50-50, depends on the hospital. I broke my back and wrist in 2016 on a Saturday. Went to the nearest hospital and then scanned my back and said, yeah, you're ok. Fixed my wrist up sent me to another hospital to book surgery on my wrist.

On the Monday I said to this surgical doc, "I know the other guys said my back was ok, but it's still really sore". So these guys CT scanned it and found cracks in 4 vertebrae the Saturday night guys had missed.

But year, covid has really f*cked hospitals over right now. Also that's ballsy to drive yourself to hospital mate! I got lucky and another rider drove me to hospital.
  • 1 0
 @Brasher: thats pretty amazing.
  • 1 0
 multiple post, something went wrong.
  • 2 0
 @Brasher: that would bankrupt a good portion of the US population. Good thing we have Go Fund Me.
  • 1 0
 @Albatrosse: I think it has more to do with location, I was in Banff and in 3 months but postponed it to 6 so I could finish my season and then did both at the same time because they had a cancelation Left: ACL/PCL/meniscus Right: Scope removal of meniscus. My right is my bad knee now, lol.
  • 8 0
 Dag nab it! Soo bummed for you. You are at the top of the list of our riders at every race. Hope your healing goes proper and quick!
  • 7 0
 The instant reaction to get back on the bike as soon as possible... Dude. DH racers are a terrifying breed of human. Can't say that's how I react when I go down lol...
  • 2 0
 I remember watching one of jacks go pro vids of his worlds (practice?) run from 2020, he was up and running again at speed before my brain had even registered that he had gone down.
  • 8 1
 Damn! Troy must have a scapula made of steel. That tree impact was Friday Fails worthy!
  • 3 0
 i am worried about the tree too.
  • 6 0
 Gutted for Troy. Hope he heals up quickly and we see him winning more races this year!
  • 5 1
 Fuck, what a crash, that foot really hit that hole really hard,ouch ,good luck and stay strong,but yes not the best starting season
  • 4 0
 What a shitty start to the season... he's been looking strong. Healing vibes man. That's probably gonna take a good 4 months for him to be back full strength.
  • 4 0
 Uhhhh that could have ended much worse than this. Speedy and full recovery.
  • 1 0
 I always wonder about the risk-reward of these pre-season national series. You probably don't want your first race of the season to also be the first World Cup. But racing means risks and you also don't want to get into a mindset of playing it safe. It does seem like most of the top guys do a tune-up race or two before the real season begins. Maybe that'll change if teams start getting tired of losing their top riders before the season starts.
  • 8 0
 You can't not do the national cup race, though. I can't imagine any racer not wanting his national flag on his arm.
  • 1 0
 @jayacheess: yeah, there's a differnece for the southern hemisphere. They get the domestic summer season as a warm up - but that comes with risks as well as rewards.
Brosnan started strong last year, so did Moir. A few years back Sam Gaze exploded onto the XC scene and then couldnt sustain it all year.
  • 3 0
 Not to take away from Connor who is an absolute shredder. But troy could of had that win in the bag too. Always rooting for Brosnan. What a bummer for his season
  • 1 0
 Probably true but he and Connor were within half a sec on seeding run and way up on the rest. That and Connor was on a 180/154 travel bike…
  • 1 0
 @Vlad-Putin: wow wonder how she corners with that much extra fork. Apparently not an issue! Lol
  • 4 0
 could have
  • 3 0
 Troy is a rider that i have been following for a few years and i send megga healing vibes out to him to possibly come back later this season healed up strongly.
  • 5 0
 Speedy recovery
  • 3 0
 Shheesh. I replayed that a number of times. Crazy fast comin in there. Like rocketship!
  • 4 0
 I like how they hollered for a Marshall.
  • 7 1
 I'm gonna tell the prime minister, OI MISTER PRIME MINISTER.
  • 4 0
 Holler for a Marshall…
Older Australians will get it.
  • 2 0
 Gutted for you Troy. I broke my ankle last year and it wasn't pretty. Hope you get back on the bike for some of the World Cups. Smile
  • 1 0
 troy- if ur doc says surgery is not needed, don't do it. feet and hands can get something called complex regional pain syndrome after surgery. awful nerve injury. skip it, and quick healing!
  • 3 0
 Damn. Heal solid and quickly Troy!!
  • 2 0
 Nooooooo! I was rooting for him :/
Was looking forward to seeing him make some damage... But not this kind
  • 3 0
 Heal up quick Troy!
  • 3 0
 Healing vibes Troy!
  • 2 0
 Heal up Bru and come back stronger
You got this ✌️
  • 2 0
 heal up champ.
  • 2 0
 Man Troy was hauling though there! Speedy recovery mate.
  • 2 0
 That looked really sore! Heal up soon!
  • 1 0
 Hard fast crashes!
That’s how the pros roll!
Sux man get healed up positive vibes from America.
  • 5 0
 @airon: gwin burner account?
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: wish I was gwin’s burner bud.
Hopefully he will take place for the ol team mate.
  • 2 0
 Whatever back protecter he had on did a helluva good job.
  • 2 1
 He was cursed the second I picked my fantasy team !! Sorry Troy, heal up fella
  • 1 0
 I wish you fast healing, Troy! I was really looking forward to you kicking some ass just like in "twenty nineen"
  • 1 0
 Shame, his gopro practice run was looking faasst and smooth. Especially in comparison to other peeps.
  • 1 0
 Crazy fast for those bone dry conditions!
  • 1 0
 Hoping for a speedy and thorough recovery Troy!
  • 1 0
 Healing vibes champ! We're all gutted for you
  • 1 0
 Auguri di pronta guarigione! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
  • 1 0
 Heal up champ! I enjoy watching Brosnan!
  • 1 0
 Heal up Troy it won’t be fair WC podium racing with out you in the mix
  • 1 0
 I don't quite understand this crash.
  • 2 0
 He was shifting too
  • 1 0
 Sucks. Get well soon Troy.
  • 1 0
 Fast healing, man!!! Looking forward to you climbing on the box soon!
  • 1 0
 Holla for a Marshall! Ended up with a battery
  • 2 1
 Sorry doode.
  • 1 0
 Heal fast dude....
  • 1 0
 Healing Vibes Kid...Smile
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