Roadies are known for being tough, but it turns out mountain bikers are a fairly hardy bunch too. For the latest episode of our ‘show us your scars series’, we spoke to downhill mountain biker Ruaridh Cunningham about the many knocks he’s taken so far in his career.
He keeps his clothes on for the video, but details some of his more gruesome injuries; the most select of which is a plate that now permanently sits in his right collarbone.
A crash caused the collarbone to split into four pieces and the plate was the only solution. Perhaps miraculously, he was back riding and racing the World Cup within about eight weeks of the operation.
As well as this, he’s had his shoulders worked on, his knees sorted out and an operation on his hand. He tells us that “it’s part of the sport… if you’re not crashing, you’re not pushing yourself.”