Mountain bike world champ survives wild crash

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Reece Wilson, out of control, at Les Gets (Photo: Red Bull Live)
Reece Wilson, out of control, at Les Gets (Photo: Red Bull Live)
  • The recent Les Gets UCI World Cup, was an event to remember
  • A steep track and muddy conditions, humbled many riders
  • But nobody showed more fortitude, and toughness, than Reece Wilson

Downhill mountain bike fans have been calling for a return to steeper tracks, with more technical features.

The builders responsible for Les Gets World Cup downhill course, obliged. And then some.

With rain making a treacherously steep and technical track slippery, the Les Gets round of this season’s UCI downhill World Cup, was one for the ages.

The Alpine track punished both the hopeful and experienced. In the end, a first-time win for 20-year old Thibaut Daprela, from France. After showing huge potential as a junior, Daprela has shown that he is a future superstar.

Thibaut Daprela
Thibaut Daprela showed amazing speed and control, in the challenging conditions (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)

Even the best, get it wrong

Beyond the excitement of a new winner, the real story at Les Gets, were the crashes. And there were many.

Nina Hoffmann suffered the worst crash of her career and considered herself lucky to only have a broken collarbone.

It was in the men’s finals, where the current World Champion, Reece Wilson, went flying in the worst way possible.

The Scotsman came charging down the Les Gets track in heavy rain. Undaunted, he didn’t brake for the most difficult jump, and lost control after launching. What happened next, looked like a special effects scene from an action movie.

Physics prevailed and Wilson was projected off the jump at an acute angle, eventually forcing him off balance in the air. He let go of the handlers mid-air and tried to brace for impact.

Amazingly, despite the theatre of this crash, Reece Wilson got back on his bike and finished his run. Suffering not compound injuries.


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