By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
For the second-straight offseason Mary Grigson has dislocated her left shoulder, this time during the first stage of the Tour de Snowy. The injury has left the defending NORBA cross-country champion on the shelf for the opening portion of the 2001 campaign, and there’s a chance it could jeopardize her entire season.
“I’m definitely out for Sea Otter and I’d say there’s only a 20 percent chance I’ll be ready for Napa,” said the 30-year-old Australian. “Right now I can’t reach my arm over my head. If I go six weeks and the shoulder hasn’t healed, I’ll probably need to have a shoulder reconstruction. That would end my season.”
Grigson wasn’t sure what caused the crash during the 30km Cooma Criterium back on March 3. “I think I clipped my pedal but I don’t really remember,” she said. “I just remember thinking ‘Oh s—, I’m going down’, and right away I knew I dislocated my shoulder.” Grigson was riding for a regional team sponsored in part by Trek when the accident happened.
Grigson suffered the same injury in December of 1999, when she went over he handlebars during a training ride on her mountain bike. That time the Gary Fisher rider was able to recover, and wound up winning four of the five NORBA cross-country races during the ensuing season.
Now Grigson just wants to do something besides ride her trainer. “I want to get back on my bike so bad. I’m going nuts,” she said. “I can’t believe that I’m probably going into the season feeling so unprepared. My preseason has turned into a debacle.”