Andrew Crimmins is a young, up and coming racer who this year joined the Kona World Cup team as their Junior Category rider. He is one of the fastest junior riders Australia has seen in recent years but before he could strut his stuff on the big stage he suffered an accident in practice at the first World Cup in Pietermaritzburg. Here he is to explain more :
So Andy obviously a bit of a bummer going out in the first round, can you tell us how it happened? Yeah I couldn’t believe it at the time, I put so much effort into getting ready for that race and everything just went out the window on the first day of practice. I was incredibly disappointed when it happened, I felt like I let so many people down. Now all I can think about is getting back on the bike and getting fit again!
As for how it happened, I pretty much just cased the jump called “the money maker” went over the bars still clipped in and hit my knee on a rock that was half in the ground. I didn’t think to much of it until I tried to get up and realized it was legitimately stuffed.
So what have you actually injured? My patella, which is just a fancy word for my knee cap. I broke it into 4 pieces! The surgeon couldn’t believe how hard I must of hit the ground for all the bone pieces to be so far apart.
We hear you skipped South Africa and headed home for surgery, what had to be done? Yeah that’s right, the injury was Thursday afternoon and with a few phone calls I flew out early Friday morning. Home by Saturday night and into see the surgeon on Monday morning. However it wasn’t until Wednesday morning before it was operated on, where he pretty much just wrapped some wire around it and put a screw through my knee cap to hold it all together.
Suppose there is a little rehab involved, when will we likely see you back in action? Yeah I’m in a pretty hectic program with the physio to get back as soon as I can, hopefully if everything goes to plan I will be back for the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup, with the screw out post World Champs, so fingers crossed see you then!
See you then!