Darren Berrecloth breaks his back

Freeride star set to make a full recovery

Freeride guru Darren Berrecloth has broken his back while training for the upcoming contest season. The Specialized/Red Bull sponsored rider was attempting a front flip at his own backyard trails yesterday and under rotated, landing heavily on his back.

'Bearclaw' suffered three broken vertebrae but his spinal cord is thought to be undamaged. He's now recovering in hospital, where we wish him a speedy recovery. He seems in good spirits, posting on his Twitter page: "Man I wish made enough money to buy a foam pit. Then maybe I wouldn't of broke my back cuz dirt hurts."

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Marin Pine Mountain, Pinnacle Dolomite
  • Dream Bike: Honda RN01
  • Beer of Choice: Corona
  • Location: Bristol, UK
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