Jonathon Simonetti - Back on the Bike

Jan 3, 2012 at 14:48
by Gabe Friedman  
A hard crash on July 17th at Crankworx left Jonathon Simonetti with a broken back. He shattered one of his vertebrae and compressed another. This left him off of his bike for a few months. But finally, he has now reached his full recovery and is ready to bomb some trails and send some jumps. This is a video to show his progress and to let you all know that Jonathon Simonetti is back, so watch out!

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Jonathon Simonetti shredding the Secret Trail while we were filming for the Back on the Bike video earlier this year. Here is a link to the video http www.pinkbike.com video 235592

Jonathon Simonetti shredding the Secret Trail while we were filming for the Back on the Bike video earlier this year. Here is a link to the video http www.pinkbike.com video 235592

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76 Comments

  • 31 0
 hearing about people smashing their c6 vertebrae doesnt get me stoked... but its good to hear your back on the bike
  • 12 0
 thanks man! to clarify it was my T6 and T7, idk if id still be riding if it was my C haha
  • 8 0
 I fractured my C2 and my skull and the bones in my face the c2 was fractured more then half way through i was air lifted to john hopkins and spent a week in the ICU i went on my first ride since october 20 yesterday and they said im going to make a 100% recovery so i have 3months to get ready for the gravity east series and cant wait. congratulations on your recovery. and like skinnersession88 I had a halo on as well not the comfiest cast lol much rather wouldve got my hands out to catch me.
  • 1 0
 wow, i cant imagine breaking my neck although thats what everyone said about my back, just seems like a whole different ball game as far as recovery. stoked to hear youre back tho too! If all goes as planned I should be able to make it out to the east coast to race this year so ill be on the lookout, good luck with all racing!
  • 2 0
 I've got spacers between my T5-6 VB and I had to eventualy have a diskectomy of the T5-6 (several old injuries, one big one and being a Firefighter/Paramedic for years finaly took it's toll)...Back/neck injuries are absolutely awfull, I don't wish them on the worst of folks... Super glad to hear Jonothan is doing well and back to riding. It could have easily gone the other way. Awesome to see him back on the bike aye... Keep up the good work mate.
  • 1 0
 i broke my C6 and C7 a few years back, now my C5,6,7 and T1 are all fused together. I push harder now than i ever did before. good luck to you and all that have suffered major injury while shredding the gnar!
  • 1 0
 Wow... if you just looked at this string of comments you'd thik us Yanks can't stay on our bikes... Wink

We should start a PinkBike "I've Broken my Neck and Back Club" aye, we've already got 10+ members on this page alone...
  • 6 0
 Same kinda thing happened to me back in April, Broke my C2 & C3, had a halo on for 3 months. Great to see other riders get back on their bikes after such a massive injury. Massive respect to you dude!!! Heres a edit of my recovery. Smile www.pinkbike.com/video/230586
  • 3 1
 damn, thats gnarly! glad to see youre back aswell and I was super happy to ride again too! best feeling ever being back on my bike
  • 3 0
 Yeah, spent the whole time in the halo waiting for the day I'd be able to get back on my bike again. Seeing the likes of Dan Atherton get through it was a massive inspiration to me, and made me realise it's possible. I'm really glad to see your riding again and getting fast. It's such a great feeling being able to do what you love, I certainly don't take it for granted like I used to.
  • 1 0
 man i broke my back in four place and had to have a full body thing, and bloody hell there bad ain't they?! and yeah i completely agree with you, there should be more videos about recoveries like this it really helps when your strapped to a bed for 3 months and need some uplifting!
  • 7 0
 Such an inspiring story...best of lucky in the rest of your recovery
  • 3 0
 Stories like this make all the bitching and moaning I have to hear from my friends about not being able to ride because of a sore arm or leg cramp from sleeping funny seem all the more stupid. Next time I hear a complaint, I'll point them to this vid. Congrats on your speedy recovery.
  • 3 0
 i liked the 2nd trail he went to specially steep sections and the step up. there werent any marzocchi bits on the bike, is there? thanks to the sponsors anyhow and awesome recovery. it looks as if it it didn't bog you down.
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure the forks said "BOXXER" on the side...
  • 2 0
 Yea I don't have a 888 yet because I dont have the money to buy one, bikes kinda costed a lot
  • 5 0
 bikes are expensive guys
  • 2 0
 Breaking your back is expensive too... For us Americans who don't have the kind of health care system you Cannucks have aye. Wink Stoked to see him back on the bike. Way to go man, ya can't keep a determined rider down.
  • 2 0
 man i broke 4 bones in my back last summer, scary stuff. Just hope it wont leave a scar in your riding haha i'm back on the bike in a week and a half (yes i'm counting) and can't wait but just worried about how it's all gonna feel at the top of a track and how much it might of effected my riding and confidence? anyone with a broken back got any feedback back from their recovery?
  • 2 0
 This was awesome, dude. Having something like that happen to me is one of my worst fears in the sport and I don't know if I'd have the positive mind required to recover and get back on it.

Congrats on the recovery, cheers Salute

PS: Mad whip!
  • 2 0
 The 4th of December I broke 7 ribs, 4 vertebrae, had my spleen removed and my lungs were perforated. Now I have to recover and all I can think is to be back on bike...Vids like these help me a lot! Good luck mate!
  • 1 0
 Jesus that sounds bad, how are you now?
  • 1 0
 Really bad, I'm lucky to be alive.. Now I can't complain, my ribs are quite ok, my lungs are ok, my spleen..well I don't know but it's not my problem anymore ahah The only problem is about my vertebrae, they require more time to recover completely but in a week or 2 they should be ok. I want to be sure to be fully recovered before being back on bike and I know it will take some months but I think that it will be worth the wait
Thanks mate! Smile
p.s. I don't know if it's all correct in english but I hope you can understand
  • 1 0
 Yes, your English is really good! yeah the next few months will be painful man, i'm nearly back on my bike after almost five months of recovering from a broken back! It's worth waiting though and not jumping straight into it though haha
  • 1 0
 I agree with you..it's better wait that every bone is ok before breaking everything again ahah Good luck with your return on bike!
  • 1 0
 Cheers man, and yours!
  • 1 0
 Stoked to hear your back to riding, As someone who has suffered injury before ( and presentlly, though never as bad as yours ) I know how much downtime sucks and how awesome it feels to be back on a bike.
wishing you a continued and resiliant recovery.
  • 2 0
 It's amazing to see someone come back from an awful crash like that, Johnathan came back with a great recovery and stacks of commitment from something so bad, nice work mate!
  • 3 0
 was he wearing a neck brace when he crashed? :S
  • 4 0
 Yeah Johnny git sum
  • 2 0
 I've never been to Carlmont but I think I'll have to go after watching this.
  • 1 0
 i live right next to it. it's awesome
  • 1 0
 Yeah man,good to see you getting back on the bike! I broke my back in 4 places on the C5 & C6 and I remember how long the 3 months took,take it easy!
  • 2 0
 Man the first three months are painful! i broke my back in four as well, broke back buddys on that one Wink , anyway i got the full Monty and has a complete upper body brace on for 3 months which was awful! no showers, no exercise, minimal socializing. I was just sat at home hearing about what a good time every on was having :'(. I'm nearly finished my fifth month now and after days spend in the pool it's nearly bike time as well!
  • 1 0
 I was allowed to walk out of the hospital just a week later,after 3 months I was back on the bike. I always wonder how you can break something in very similiar ways but get such different ways of having it heal. Where did you break yours?
  • 1 0
 T3, T4, T5, T6 and something else happened to T7 but i can't remember what it was haha, and yeah it is strange, i was bed ridden for 2 weeks which sucked and after that my full body brace came, like Simonettis brace my'n had to cover my neck as well :/ sucked, after my brace came off the 3 months later i nearly flipping fell over because my head felt so heavy! Anyway as i'm back on the bike in two weeks i was just wondering like did it affect your ridding in anyway? i mean like confidence and how much it slowed you down haha
  • 2 0
 Not at all I literally went straight from the check up X-rays to riding the exact same jump I broke my back on. I have ADHD though so I tend not to think about stuff and just do it,injuries will affect everyone's confidence in different ways. Take it easy for the first bit though,a year and a half later and my back still hurts everyday because I went into things full bore right away!
  • 1 0
 feliz com sua volta tbem manow ..eu ja quebrei meu calcanhar e sei como e ficar parado com voltade de anda e nao poder muito ruim isso..
  • 2 0
 That's a damn nice edit Gabe, keep 'em coming!!
  • 2 0
 westridge trails and carlmont? awesome!
  • 2 0
 Congrats man! Nothing scarier than a spinal injury....
  • 1 0
 The silver lining is, now having regained your ability to ride, you enjoy + appreciate it that much more.
  • 2 0
 Ohh Mannn!! gettin real gnarly! nice edit boys
  • 1 0
 cool i live in LA down south xc on my demo#9 whats the name of the last song
  • 1 0
 Punching in a Dream - The Naked and Famous
  • 2 0
 SIMO! Shredding it up for the bay area!
  • 2 0
 Doin in for Cambells!
  • 2 0
 Raising up like a champion
  • 1 0
 When you crashed did you have a neck brace on?
  • 3 0
 Yea I had a Leatt on and that's actually what caused it
  • 1 0
 so you would say dont use leatt? and how was it caused by the brace?
  • 1 0
 Leatt's will help prevent certain spinal injuries, but it doesn't come close to protecting from every kind of spinal injury. They actually make some worse
  • 2 0
 The piece that goes down on the back was what dug into his back and shattered the bone. He now wears an alpinestars neck brace which prevents that from happening.
  • 1 0
 Do you think it would of been worse had you not been wearing the Leatt? Great edit and great to see u back and shreddin btw.
  • 3 0
 The Leatt saved my neck which had it broken would've been way worse so forsure wear a neck brace. I just switched to the alpinestars one because the piece on the back snaps if u land on it hard enough
  • 1 0
 Cool thanks. I will be switching neck braces now lol
  • 1 0
 I think the newer Leatt's have that feature. Isn't that what the Thoracic Strut does?
  • 1 0
 The newer ones might have it. But yea what broke my back was the thoracic strut. Right where the bone was shattered was right where it ends and the other vertabrae compressed from the impact
  • 2 0
 carlmont!
  • 1 0
 inspiring, good to see you back on the bike
  • 1 0
 Way to go!!
Does anyone know the second song???
  • 1 0
 Its "I Can Talk" By Two Door Cinema Club
  • 1 0
 Sorry I meant the last one haha
  • 1 0
 Oh its "Punching in a Dream" by The Naked and Famous
  • 1 0
 Thanks!!!
  • 1 0
 cccx this weekend ya boy ride that bike.
  • 1 0
 Oaktown ftw!!! Hells yeah! Good edit!
  • 1 0
 Impressive edit gabe! Great riding also!
  • 1 0
 Super stoked for you! You are truly inspiring!
  • 1 0
 don't get the marzocchi logo at the end...you're sponsored?
  • 1 0
 Good to see ya back after it brother !!
  • 1 0
 whats the name of the song in the middle of the vid?
  • 1 0
 I Can Talk by Two Door Cinema Club
  • 1 0
 Glad your back!!!!
  • 1 0
 go oakland!!!

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