By VeloNews Interactive
Reigning world cross-country champion Alison Dunlap will race this weekend at the NORBA NCS finals in Mount Snow, Vermont with a broken wrist and badly bruised hip, both injuries she sustained while riding near her home in Colorado Springs last Friday.
The incident occurred when Dunlap came upon a man walking his dog on a trail that Dunlap was training on. To avoid hitting either of them, Dunlap veered off the trail and crashed. Doctors later discovered a hairline fracture at the tip of her left ulna bone. According to team officials, the break is not severe and her physician has designed a special cast to enable the Luna team rider to race. But team officials added that with Dunlap still having a world cup overall lead to defend and with the world championships approaching, she would not race in Vermont if it threatened to worsen the injury.
For now, though, Dunlap plans to race both cross country on Friday and the short track on Saturday. She is currently the overall leader in both disciplines, but is closely trailed by Argentinean Jimena Florit.
Racing with the cast may require some mechanical adjustments and Shimano is reportedly set to outfit Dunlap’s bike with a new 2003 XTR component group that would enable her to shift her front derailleur more easily.