How long start to finish did it take to get this edit done?
The edit was filmed over about 10 months, but it only worked out to be a few trips, one trip to Barcelona for 5 days where Benson came out with us to shoot for The Albion interview, then a couple of trips in the UK. One down south to Hastings and London for a week, then few days up in Hull.
How many injuries did you get whilst filming?
Just the one, it just turned out to be a pretty bad one though. I broke my Clavicle (Collar Bone) in two places which meant I needed to have surgery to plate and pin it together. It ended up putting me off my bike for about 14 weeks.
Why do you get injured all the time? haha.
Shit I wish I knew! Fathead told me I need to work on my drop and roll technique rather than going down with the ship, I think he could be right!
Wasn’t this originally supposed to be a welcome back edit after a knee surgery?
Ha ha yeah it was, I’d been back on my bike for around three months after having my ACL replaced when James started to film the edit.
I wasn’t even filming for the edit when I came off, it was just as summer was coming up too which made things more depressing.
So how many serious injuries/surgeries have you had over the past few years?
Three major ones that I needed surgery to fix. First was my left rotator cuff & AC joint, which I tried to ride on after it happened but my shoulder kept popping out, that was 7 months off. Not even 6 months after that I tore my left ACL and damaged the MCL in my knee, so that was a year off the bike, Then it was the one I’ve just got back riding from, which was the collar bone. It’s pretty weird that I know a lot of people now just from the amount of time I’ve spent in the hospital.
How have you handled the rehab process and time off riding?
It’s pretty hard to explain, I guess anyone who’s had a long period of time off their bike will fully understand how much it sucks, I have especially found these last two harder to deal with that the first. They made me wait 2 weeks with my broken shoulder before I got surgery, and I had to try and sleep sat upright in a chair that whole time. With my knee I really had to argue with them to put me in for a MRI scan just to get to the bottom of what had happened.
You sort of go through waves with the rehab, you get really bummed out when thing aren’t going right or your not making progress, and then you have highs where you finally start to feel more normal. As soon as your doctor or physio says that you can start doing more work you get mad into doing the exercises, or at least I did. For instance with my shoulder I was told to go swimming, so I swam every day for three months, spending a hour in the pool each day. Then it moved on to lifting weights, so I’d be down the gym every night doing my exercises, spending loads of money on equipment to use at home as well. When I did my knee it was road bikes, I got obsessed them with as they were the only bikes I could ride, I think all my mates thought i was going mad, but it made the time off go quicker for me.
Do you ever knock on wood? haah.
No but I really should start! People say about Andrew Reynolds having to do things in sets of three before he’ll try a trick, maybe I should try that? seems to work for him.
Anyone you would like to thank?
Yeah a whole load of people. Ian & Dean for all the help and support along with everyone else at 4Down. James for taking the time to film the edit and introducing me to skill-ball!!! Benson for coming out with us to shoot for The Albion interview, As well as all me mates for putting up with me moaning when I’ve been laid up ha ha.