Speedy’s MTB World Cup hopes dashed

2012-03-09 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s Mountain Bike World Cup hopeful, Yolande Speedy, will be out for eight weeks as she recovers from a wrist injury that has also put paid to her Olympic hopes.

Speedy broke her wrist during a training ride on Wednesday afternoon.

“My first time down the drop-off I hesitated and went over the handlebars. On my second attempt I decided to follow the international riders and use their line and pace,” Speedy told The Witness. “I was happy to make the drop-off successfully and just wasn’t looking far ahead when I hit the berm too fast and flew over the edge.”

The cyclist, who finished 21st at the last world championships, said X-rays showed it to be a complicated fracture that would require plates to repair the radius bone.

She described her form before her setback as great. “I’ve not felt this good before. I planned to peak at the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg. I finished 21st there in 2009, and missed last year’s edition due to illness.

“The World Cup had been my big focus, and I was using it to try and get into the Olympics as Sascoc [South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee] require a top 10 finish in the World Cup to send us to the Olympics.”

Although she was disappointed and frustrated, Speedy added that she would now focus on her operation on Tuesday and recovering “right away”.

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