Show us your scars #2: Matt Brammeier (video)

In the second episode of the series, MTN-Qhubeka's Matt Brammeier tells us about his serious incident with a cement lorry in 2007

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Pro-cyclists have the luxury of racing on closed roads, free from the risk of traffic. This means that most injuries and incidents involving professional riders occur in a race setting.

However, this luxury of car-free roads doesn’t extend to training and they need to mix with motorists just like the rest of us.

Whether an incident takes place in the peloton or the roads near their home the impact will leave scars, some more serious than others.

In the second episode of our ‘Show us your scars’ series, MTN-Qhubeka’s Matt Brammeier tells us about a gruelling incident in 2007, in which he went under a left turning cement mix lorry and broke both of his legs.

>>> Show us your scars #1: Geraint Thomas

After doctors told him he wouldn’t ride his bike again, he was actually only away from full time training and racing between November and May following the incident.

Although he is back riding now, and racing to great prizes like his own weight in beer at the Tour of Flanders, the days in which he rides pain free are few and far between.

Crashing is unfortunately part and parcel of professional bicycle racing, but it is the mental and physical strength that the riders show to pick themselves up and get back to a similar level to where they were before that sets them apart.