It's with regret I have to contact you with some more injury news. On Tuesday night of this week Dan was out riding dirt jumps at his local trails in Llanfyllin, when he crashed and landed awkwardly on his head. Dan was taken to Shrewsbury hospital in a ambulance where they X-rayed his upper spine. The results confirmed a fracture to his C2 vertebrae with a further CT scan confirming another fracture to his C1 vertebrae. On the positive side Dan has full movement in all his limbs and at present there is no damage to the nerves that pass through the central spinal column. Dan remains immobilised for precautionary measures while currently awaiting a transfer to the orthopaedic unit in Oswestry, a hospital the Athertons know well and one that is luckily renowned as the best unit in the country. As long as everything goes to plan with his recovery we should hopefully see Dan on a bike by the end of the year. Our sympathies are with Dan and the rest of the Atherton family at this time and any well wishes to Dan can be made via the team's Facebook page.
Each winter there is a large group of NZ riders who fly the flag on the international racing stage. We caught up with a few of them them and find out their plans for 2017.
The DHCoNZ Round 6 brought more dusty and dry riding down in Dunedin this weekend! George Brannigan and Alanna Columb ruled the roost in a big international field and took the top steps on the podium!
Round three of the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro contained six of the best Rotorua trails. Keegan Wright was the fastest man on the hill and Ronja Hill-Wright, the quickest lady.
The Santa Cruz Coppermine Epic in Nelson hit its 10th Anniversary this year, we went along for the ride and checked out this addictive race.
Jerome Clements and Tracy Moseley take the wins at the 2017 Andes Pacifico Enduro, the day four and five edits are right here.
All the dusty action from Round 5 of the DHCoNZ national series from the Christchurch Adventure Park on the weekend