CRASH

Yes, that’s ex­actly what hap­pened, I crashed quite heav­ily onto my lower back at an in­vi­ta­tion in­door trial com­pe­ti­tion in Le Mans France. I was en­joy­ing the event but got a tech­ni­cal part of a haz­ard wrong and fell onto a con­crete part of the haz­ard whic

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My last ma­jor crash was in 2009 at the Barcelona FIM In­door World Cham­pi­onship and I ac­cept that these things can hap­pen. In train­ing dur­ing the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 I had started to have sen­sa­tions in my arms which at times made it dif­fi­cult to hold onto the Ren­thal han­dle­bars. Af­ter seek­ing the ad­vice of the med­i­cal team I use, we found out that I had a trapped nerve in my neck from the 2009 crash.

With spe­cial­ist ad­vice, I was able to ride around the pain bar­rier to see if at some point it would need to be op­er­ated on but then I went and had the crash at the in­door in­vi­ta­tion event at Le Mans in France. I took a heavy blow against a con­crete part of the haz­ard af­ter fail­ing to make it up a step. It forced me to aban­don the event be­fore be­ing taken away for an ex­am­i­na­tion at the Le Mans hospi­tal.

Af­ter med­i­cal tests per­formed by the team doc­tor, Joaquim Ter­ri­cabras, at the Con­sell Catala de L’Es­port and the Creu Blanca Clinic of Barcelona, it was con­firmed that I had suf­fered a frac­ture of the right apoph­ysis trans­verse of the lum­bar ver­te­brae L2-L3-L4.

Dr Ter­ri­cabras rec­om­mended that I rest from all sport­ing ac­tiv­ity stat­ing that the evo­lu­tion of the in­jury will dic­tate when I could ride again. The de­ci­sion was made to com­pete in Paris where I could cel­e­brate yet another suc­cess­ful World Cham­pi­onship win. I want to thank ev­ery­one who made this pos­si­ble, I al­ways re­mem­ber we are a team, a win­ning team!!

Un­til Next Time – Ride On! – Toni

6 My face af­ter my 2009 crash. Cel­e­brat­ing my 2018 X-Trial World Cham­pi­onship with Trial Mag­a­zine ed­i­tor John Hulme The X-Ray on my back show­ing the three bro­ken ver­te­brae.

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