Rachel Atherton is out until 2010!

Wow, how things change so fast! Just last year, Rachel Atherton was on top of the world after winning the dowhill world championship in Italy. This year, she’s spent the entire season healing after her collision with a pick-up truck during a training session (Pick-up truck 1 Atherton 0).

The crash forced her to undergo surgery on her shoulder in May, but it’s still too unstable for her to race and she needs more time to build up the supporting muscles. 

Atherton has said that she is disappointed to miss the season and only wanted more success after last year, but acknowledges that she’ll have to wait until 2010 to get back on the bike.

We’re holding thumbs for you, girl. Come back stronger than before and show these other riders how a champion does it!

You can follow the Atherton family with the latest reality tv-type episode.

Have you ever suffered an injury that made you believe your time was up?

Wendy The Mom

SA BMX rider badly injured

We don’t usually report on BMX riders on MTB Shorts, but this time around we really think it’s important that we do. Sadly though, it’s not good news.  

Local BMX sensation, Sifiso Nhlapo, had to undergo emergency surgery on Monday night after a crash, during a practice session in Norway, left him with two fractured vertebrae in his neck.

Initial reports claim that the surgery was successful *that’s fantastic news* and that he was talking to doctors after the operation, but no one is sure when he will be able to climb onto a bike again *but I know in my heart that he will*

Sifiso made international headlines when he reached the inaugural BMX final at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Since then he’s been on a hot streak claiming a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships, and is currently No. 1 in Europe and No. 4 in the world.

From everyone at MTB Shorts, we wish Sifiso a speedy and healthy recovery.

For updates on Sifiso’s condition please visit www.skizo105.com.

Marky Mark