It was all going well. The local early-season tuneup before the lights of Las Vegas and the official start to race season.
But that rutted sand got Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) last Saturday in Vancouver, Washington. Trebon, a two-time national champion in cyclocross, was racing a local event to warm up for the season when he went barreling into a sandy section, lost his front wheel, and went over the bars at about 20 miles per hour before landing on his back.
“Just landed really hard on my back. It knocked the wind out of me, and it didn’t seem so bad, the first few minutes. But I’m pretty f—ed at the moment,” Trebon said Monday. “I’m doing pretty good I guess. I was going a lot better ’till Saturday afternoon. I’m not going to be able to race for a couple more weeks, I think, at least.”
Fractured ribs are likely. “I can’t even sit down in a chair. I can barely move,” Trebon said. “It hurts a lot. I’ve been injured quite a bit, and this is one of the most painful ones. It just won’t go away, you know?”
Before the crack of the tumble, Trebon was feeling good. He’d gotten back from China on Tuesday and was easing back in. The next few weeks were supposed to be big ones, with CrossVegas Wednesday and the Boulder Cup this weekend.
“I was looking forward to racing the next couple weeks. It’s kind of an important time of year,” he said. “There’s a couple really good races, between Vegas and racing in Boulder, and then you go out east to Gloucester and Providence. … sometimes shit just happens.”
For now, he’s on the shelf. And it’s not looking better in the immediate future. That said, it’s a very long cyclocross season.
“Whew, next couple days? I don’t know when I’m going to be able to do anything. It’s Monday and this happened on Saturday and it feels about a half a percent better at this point in time. I can barely get out of a chair,” Trebon said. “There’s no ideal time to be hurt … the racing goes until February. There’s enough time to recover and heal.
“We can’t plan for everything.”
The long gameplan for the season includes healing up, a trip to Europe for two races, nationals in Austin, Texas, and then back to Europe for two more World Cups and then worlds.
“This is the best time of the year for the ’cross racing,” Trebon said. “It’s really early in the season but it’s also really cool. Doing Vegas and Boulder, Madison, Gloucester and Providence. Those are some of the biggest races we have all year. Shit happens.”