Last week, I was mountain biking on a small mountain near home. To bypass a rough stretch of gravel, I briefly rode alongside on a field. My wheel fell in a hole and my bike stopped. But I kept going, landing on my head. Oops.
After X-rays, CT-Scans and an MRI it seems I have cracked vertebrae in both my neck and back. Neither are displaced and with some luck, it won’t be too serious. I will get scanned again in several weeks and hopefully be cleared to cycle again. My back and neck muscles/ligaments/etc are a painful mess, so I am a touch grouchy. But they should slowly improve.
Of course, my wonderful wife Doreen is keeping me cheerful. A bientôt.
Sorry to hear that, Will. Rest up and get back on that bike as soon as possible. I’m sure you’ll use your time off the bike wisely, researching new routes and roads and adventures.
Best wishes for a recovery! Your blog is amazing and truly inspiriring!
Heal up Will, you’ll be back keener than ever before you know it.
Get well soon Will & use the time to plan some new adventures!
I’m heading to Barcelonette in two weeks, for 6 days of road riding – your website has been an invaluable source of inspiration & information.
i’m in Barcelonette this week, and also found Will’s blog to be the best source of useful and practical insights. And, all the best to Will on speedy recovery….
If you’re there for road biking …. consider renting a mountain bike for one day and climbing the south side of Col (Tunnel) du Parpaillon. Fantastic ….. enjoy the trip. https://www.cycling-challenge.com/col-tunnel-du-parpaillon/
Best wishes off a quick recovery!
Get well soon Will. Your blog is an inspiration to us all and we need you back riding!
Sorry to hear that you’ve been injured Will, and glad to hear that you’ve begun your recovery, Best wishes for a speedy return to the saddle.
Wishing you a speedy recovery Will! Let me know if you need anything.
Hey Will, can only reiterate and reinforce on all the other well-wishes – we two 50 year old blokes from Sydney have managed two quick trips to France in July 2018 & 19 to ride the Pyrenees and Alps, and we utilised all the fantastic information and experiences you provide to the greater audience to make that happen, so get well, get riding and more importantly please keep posting!
hi Will sorry to read your story, hope you get well soon!
Your blog puts a smile on my face everyday!
That’s rough. I hope you heal well physically and it doesn’t traumatize you too much mentally to be off of the bike. All the best!
Best wishes for a good and speedy recovery!
Will, sorry to hear about your crash…
Fractured vertebrae in the neck can be tricky and painful, but after reading it’s not deplaced, I’m sure you will recover with the necessary amount of rest!
I’m looking forward to your next (wanted) bike adventure! Your rides and this blog have been a huge inspiration to me since I started cycling.
All the best,
Oh no! I can imagine you are missing being out on the bike(s). Get well soon!
Best wishes for a rapid and full recovery!
All the best for the future
Speedy recovery, Will, but take enough time to ensure you’re fully healed, though it could be difficult to be patient!
Innocuous accidents can have serious consequences – heal fast and heal well. This is the third year in a row we’ve planned a European riding holiday using your site for planning and inspiration, so we’ll salute you with a beer and a hay surf ?
Ach, du meine Güte! Gute Besserung, Will.
I wholeheartedly second both the best wishes everyone is sending you, and the thanks for your wonderful blog. Get well and get riding soon!
Best wishes for a quick recovery. All the best
So sorry to hear about your accident. Heal quickly..
Get well soon Will.
Very sorry to hear that… you and your website are an inspiration!
I completed a 2 week 9 ride tour of Tyrol in July inspired by your site!
Get better and back on the bike soon!
Best wishes to heal strong to my climbing inspiration.
Arrive in the Tarentaise valley tomorrow with a road bike and a mountain bike to emulate some of your rides where the tarmac ends and the real fun begins.
Oh my. I’ve been there. Best wishes.
Sorry to hear that. I will miss your interesting postings. I wish you all the best for a fast recovery.
Get well soon Will, sorry for your crash and fingers crossed for a speedy recovery! I’m sure you’ll be ok when the nordic skiing season starts 😉
At least if you had any doubts, I think all the comments here demonstrate how valuable you are for all of us searching for inspiration, new routes, etc.
Je te souhaite un bon rétablissement…patience… amicalement
sorry to hear about your fall
heal fast my friend so many more mountains to climb!!!!
Bon rétablissement, et à bientôt pour de nouvelles aventures et superbes photos !
Ouch, hard after this fantastic year … rest well and heal quietly before starting on a good basis in 2020. Good to you.
Strada Del Assietta, Col de Nivolet, Les Deux Alpes (half of your ride), Villard Notre Dame/Reymond all thanks to your website – recommended to lots more crazy/happy cyclists :-). Hope you are back creating new routes soon,
Thank-you to everyone for the kind messages. Much appreciated.
Yea, same as the others Will. Your site really is inspiring, so take the time you need plus a few days. Tout la patience necessaire!
Ouch! Good luck on your road to recovery. Your’s is a great blog and an inspiration to col hunters worldwide!
Ouch! I guess it’s amazing it doesn’t happen more often with so many hours and kms on the bike(s)! I know (first-hand) how hard it is to have a “forced break”, but at least one positive thing about it is that you will enjoy even MORE being able to cycle once you’re able to again! 🙂
Wishing you a speedy recovery Will
your blogs and presence on Strava are a huge inspiration to me and I look forward to your next post
Dang. Looks like Zwift time. Best wishes for steady recovery. Am using your site constantly for hunting down those famous and elusive cols. Going to bag some Pyrenees’ cols this week. All the best!
Wish you speedy recovery and soon back to show up your col adventure again.
May I visit you in Oct? Please check email!
I hope the recovery is going as planned. I just discovered your website and it’s a true gem!
Hope the recovery is going well, Will. It must be frustrating not being able to get out – Years ago I was off the bike for almost six months with a broken ankle and it drove me mad. The site, as always, has been a great inspiration. Keep up the good work and hope you’re back on two wheels soon!
So sorry to hear that, Will! All the best for a speedy recovery.
Sorry to read about your accident. I hope you will be on the bike again very soon.
Just taking the opportunity to thank you as your website made a big difference for my two first trips cycling in the Alps.
On the first one and after having read your description, we tried the Col de Sartenne that none of us had heard of. What a beauty! On the second trip, 2 days ago, we decided to follow your advice and to go by car to the top of col du Lautaret to do Galibier / Télégraphe / Galibier. Amazing!
thanks again and hope to read your new adventure soon.
For your first two Alps rides …. great routes! Well done.
Get well soon Will… the website and climb reports are fantastic and though this break is unwanted I’m sure it will give you time to reflect and plan for the future. Chapeau for all your efforts to date and for those to which we will be treated in the future!
I hope you have a speedy and full recovery.
I just moved to Sion in the Valais and discovered this website a couple of weeks ago. Your website is a TOTALLY AMAZING source of information and inspiration.
So far I have ridden the Sanetsch Pass (totally amazing) and also Lac Cleuson (so beautiful). On the latter I was able to avoid most of the busy road on an alternate set of very steep paved roads. I also avoided the paved road to Siviez on a very smooth gravel road just above it. Continuing past the lake to the Cabane was also totally worth it. Adds 300 metres of climbing to the cabane. Road peters out above the cabin at 2560 metres.
Hoping to get a few more big climbs in before the snows are too thick.
Excellent, thanks for the extra details.