Ultra-distance rider Ana Orenz suffers devastating injuries after crash on descent during 3,500km race

Ana was riding down hill at full speed when she hit a wild boar, suffering a broken neck in the fall

Ana Orenz suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash
(Image credit: Ana Orenz)

Ultra-distance rider Ana Orenz has suffered devastating injuries in a crash during aa 3,500km  race.

Ana, who was born in Germany have lived across Europe, was competing in the unsupported ultra-distance race Transiberica when she fell on a descent, suffering life-threatening damage to her neck and spine. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.