Yeti’s Cam Cole is not only one of the fastest mountain bike racers in the world, he’s also a man who deserves a win. He’s got the speed, the talent and the commitment to fight at the very top of the results sheet – and when he’s fit he does – but the poor guy’s had more than his fair share of, frankly, horrific injuries.
If you were watching the downhill coverage from last week’s Vallnord World Cup you’d have seen Cam’s terrible rag-doll which left him in a hospital bed with a broken vertebra and plenty of time to contemplate his career in bikes. That’s just what he has done and you can read all about it on his blog, definitely words of a future (and previous) champ:
I can remember racing bikes since day 1. It’s all I’ve ever really been into. At school I was determined, worked hard and got the marks I needed to qualify for University, that’s what you did after secondary school right? I still felt bikes pulled me their way more than anything else. Opportunities popped up in bike racing more than anything else in my late teens and I took every one of them and chased it. One led to another. Where am I now? Flat out in a Hospital bed. Broken back, teeth, sore neck, cuts and bruises all over my face…”