News: Mark Weir breaks pelvis and sacrum in freak accident

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Scoping out the tree that slamed Mark Weir to the ground.

Update: Feb 20 – A Letter from Mark Weir

Here is best news I have heard all week – no surgery required.

The Doc said the most worrisome thing is that I don’t fall again for at least 6 weeks. I have a fracture that goes into the spinal canal posteriorly and falling again would be really bad to say the least. He said I can anticipate 8-12 weeks of gradually decreasing pain, but no outside activity for 6-8 weeks to lessen the chance of me hitting the dirt.

I’m lucky to have such good friends that did not drop me while hiking me off the mountain, if they did, this story might not have such a happy ending.

The way we moved the tree might have been poorly thought out, thinking that manpower overcomes safety came at a price. I’m glad the price was not too heavy and I was the only one that physically felt the pain. I felt that because I have been moving and cutting trees off trails for years and years that I was smart enough to anticipate the future. I was wrong and I apologize to my friends for putting us all at risk. I ride bikes for a living, and just because I am in the trees all day does not mean I’m a professional tree removal specialist. Lesson learned never to be repeated.

Thanks you to everyone that has sent me kind words of encouragement. At times it has brought me to tears, but sometimes it’s made me laugh and that was real painful but worth it. My wife reads me the comments from people and it’s hard to hear, feeling that whatever I have done during my time with this sport could not deserve this much love and support. You all have made me want to make sure I strive to be a better person – talking about off the bike mostly.

Thanks to my good buddies that pulled my body off the hill and all the medical staff.

–Mark–

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  • masterslater says:

    uhhhhh… I feel for the dude.

    But there’s a lesson here:

    Working with fallen trees is EXTREMELY dangerous!!! Seriously people… a little common sense goes a long way to avoiding these kinds of incidents.

    If you don’t have the equipment, or the skill, or the experience, then DON’T ATTEMPT TO CLEAR FALLEN TREES!!!

  • DaveG says:

    “HOT NEWS”

    Really? Come on MTBR.

  • the-one1 says:

    Who’s Mark Weir?

    • LJ says:

      This comment is a fail – this is a mountain biking site; asking this question is like going to a Tennis website and asking “Who’s Pete Sampras?” – you are attempting to disrespect him by saying you’ve never heard of him in an article about him getting seriously hurt – if you honestly really wanted to know who he is, you do know the internet is useful for other things than making lame comments, right?

  • Diesel says:

    Ouch! Get well soon, Mark. Lots of folks rooting for ya.

    -D

  • JB says:

    Thanks masterslater. Genius.

  • roger says:

    Get well soon! I hear this kind of accident of clearing tress time and again. Use a rope and be far away as possible when pulling on it. If you don’t have a rope, don’t even attempt it. If you can, go around fallen trees on the trail not over over it. Be safe out there, ride another day.

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    >>Who’s Mark Weir?

    He’s a great ambassador for mountain biking and was a dominant racer in many categories about a decade ago. Many consider him the godfather of Enduro Racing and Pump Tracks for mountain bike training.

    • Blarg says:

      Really Francis? Mark Weir was a dominant racer about a decade ago? Ouch. Way to kick a man when he’s already down. Dude threw down a top 10 at last years 6 day Trans Provence race!

      • Francis Cebedo says:

        >>Really Francis? Mark Weir was a dominant racer about a decade ago? Ouch. Way to kick a man when he’s already down. Dude threw down a top 10

        Ok, I can’t really tell. All these years seem to merge together. Maybe I’ll say he was a dominant racer in 5 years ago. And that’s more referring to him entering a race and expected to win. Thinks like the Singlespeed World Championships and Downieville All Mountain. He’s still the best person ever.

  • Thomas Dooley says:

    Get well soon… Glad you’ll be ok. Take it easy…you’re an inspiration.

  • Odahey Poundage says:

    I’ve been doing tree work for over 15 years so I know a little something on subject. I’m only guessing on this but I would think he was working on a live oak. It’s a common tree around the bay area. It also is a very heavy, dense and strong hardwood tree. A blow from this tree is unlike few others. Trail building has gained in popularity and people now use tools and try to do things that they may not have the skill to do. When a tree snaps it takes a trained eye to spot dangers and figure out removal. It also takes experience to know the best way to get out of the way. If you don’t have the ropes rated for the proper weight or know how to tie a running bowline leave this up to experts. Building a pump track is far different from removing a snapped oak branch and even using a chainsaw. Lastly, I remember seeing his son Gus up in Downieville right after he was born. He’s a beautiful boy and it’s nice to see that he’s growing up healthy. Put a helmet on his head if he is going to cruise around in a souped up modified kids toy. Seeing him doing that without a lid looks scary. Safety first.

  • John Smith says:

    This is what happen when you don’t know what you are doing.

  • chuck becker says:

    Best wishes to Mark and his family. The few times I’ve had a chance to talk to Mark he is always one of the nicest most down to earth pros out there.

  • Bill Surges says:

    Hey Mark, I am recovering from some broken ribs due to a crash at boggs. I couldn’t imagine a broken pelvis. You are burly and I know you will heal quickly, but are ages take a toll, so give yourself plenty of recovery.The bike is easy to rebound on when you are feeling strong.I quit drinking a few years ago so I’ ll have a cold o’douls for you! Maybe you take up singlespeeding again, it has helped me with the ribs staying upright and spinning.

  • Toad says:

    Heal up, Mark! Been a fan of yours for a long time, want to see you back in action ASAP!

  • Roger says:

    The term Enduro just made up recently! Lazy people can’t call the race All-Mountain cause it doesn’t sound cool! Mark’s a beast, get his story right man!

  • r1Gel says:

    Lifting up Mark in my prayers

  • Pete says:

    Good luck with the recovery Mark. Take it easy

  • Tyler says:

    Sounds like it was a snag, as in part of the oak broken off was still up in the tree top. I worked in the forest industry for awhile (logging) and it’s not a coincidence that snags are called widow-makers, they kill a lot of guys. The old timers always said to be extremely leery of any snags because they are completely unpredictable.

    Best of luck healing up and hopefully your good fortune keeps following you!

  • Joe says:

    Best wishes to Mark for a speedy and complete recovery. Leaving aside his astounding racing record, he is a perfect gentleman and great ambassador for the sport; I have witnessed his kindness (giving encouragement, asking whether others are OK, etc.) while passing struggling cat 3 riders (myself included) in races. A model citizen to which all pros should aspire.

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