Jelly Belly rider Joshua Berry is recovering from a number of injuries, including a concussion and a neck injury, following a crash while training in Tuscon, Arizona last Monday. Berry was hit by a car while training the day after his team’s training camp in San Diego.
“I don’t remember the accident, I know I was warming up on my TT bike, and I was alert, sliding on the ground after being hit,” he said. Though he has a concussion, Berry is glad that he was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash. “My Rudy Project helmet is crushed mainly in the back but also broke in the front. Helmets save lives.”
The injury list is long, but Berry says, “My concussion is the worst part. I’m also still in a neck brace.” Berry, who finished third in the 2012 under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, joins a list of riders who have been involved in crashes caused by motor vehicles, including six members of the Giant – Alpecin team, who were involved in a head-on collision in Spain in January.
Team director Danny van Haute said, “The team is shocked and saddened. Josh was on fire at training camp, on the bike and in all the sponsor meetings and interviews.” Berry came in seventh in the first race of the season at the Boulevard Road Race the Saturday prior to his crash. Despite the setback, van Haute believes that Berry will come back from the injuries without too much trouble. “We are confident that he will rebound quickly and join us as soon as he has the all-clear from the doctor.”
“I am doing everything I can to get healthy, and get back to my dream,” Berry said, in relatively good spirits. “Hey, it’s been quite the journey so far.”
The team’s next race is March 11-13 at the Tour of Murrieta, in Murrieta, California. Berry will likely not be back for the remaining races in March, but hopes to compete in the Amgen Tour of California in May.