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Broken bones and bankruptcy: is bike racing worth it"

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Broken bones and bankruptcy: is bike racing worth it" Broken bones and bankruptcy: is bike racing worth it"

Broken bones and bankruptcy: is bike racing worth it"

Over the years, I?ve been admitted to hospital more times than I can remember, and every single time it?s been after an incident involving a motorbike. I soon learnt that injuries are the true cost of bike racing. Bones-wise, I?m running out of things to break; I?ve done both feet, both legs, my hip, my pelvis, my spine in a few different places, two hands, one arm and a wrist. Consequently, half of my joints are now riddled with metal and/or osteoarthritis, and I?m only 30 years old.

And that?s just the ?mechanical? stuff. After years of abuse, I?ve been left with irreparable nerve damage that?s left me with vast swathes of skin without any sensation whatsoever, and constant pins and needles in my little fingers and big toes. I?ve also got nerve damage to thank for some serious issues in the water closet (both ends) which, for the last ten years, has been the biggest pain in the arse out of the lot (if you?ll pardon the pun).

In the process of smashing my body time and time again, I?ve written off more bikes than I care to remember. Even if I could remember all the bikes that I have smashed up over the years, I don?t think I?d dare add up the value of all the crash damage I?ve caused. It?d be a very big number, which is one of the reasons I?ll never be a rich man. It?s also the reason my poor old dad will never be a rich man either; sorry George.

When I was a kid, my racing was paid for exclusively by George. I think he enjoyed taking me racing almost as much as I enjoyed going. But he didn?t enjoy seeing his little boy cartwheeling himself and his race bike through the gravel every other weekend. He?d have to spend another month?s pay packet putting the bike back together. That wasn?t the worst part of it though; he?d also have to explain to my mother (don?t worry, they are happily divorced) why we were sat in A&E. Again.
Once he?d bought me a bike, all the kit, paid for entries, fuel, tyres and all them really expensive things, he didn?t have a whole lot left. ?I could be driving round in a Ferrari, if it wasn?t for you, ya little bastard!? he would tell me. I don?t think he meant it, he likes his van way too much, and anyway, the silly old fucker is far too old to get in a Ferrari without putting his hip out or something. The older I got, the higher up the racing food chain I got and before I knew it, I was working my arse off all week to plough all the money I earned myself into racing – as well as some of George?s and anything I could get from my sponsors (which was sometimes a decent amount, other times a mere pittance).

I?ve had some decent jobs in my time, but I never seemed to have a penny to scratch my arse with and I know exactly why. It?s because I?ve spent it all going racing. And I?m not the only one. I know folk that have remortgaged their house for the sake of another season racing, and others that have lost everything and gone officially bankrupt off the back of it. Fortunately, bankruptcy has...
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