Mountain Bikes are usually a great alternative to the gym. They're a great way to enjoy nature, get the heart rate up, and grab a few thrills on the downhill runs. That said, they're not without their risks, as Julian Wilson found out on Friday during a little cross-training ride in the Glenrock Nature Preserve, near Newcastle, Australia. Apparently Wilson hit the front brake a little too hard, because he was thrown over the handle bars, landing square on his shoulder, rupturing his AC joint in the process. Fortunately, the injury won't require surgery, but will demand that he spend a good time healing. All things said, he's pretty lucky considering the most common injury for that type of fall is a broken collar bone.
Obviously, it's not the greatest of timing for Wilson with the Quiksilver Pro just six weeks away. But the forced rest should give last year's World No. 3 time to get healthy, and stroke the inner-fire. To his credit, he seems to be taking the setback in stride. "I'm in good hands," he said in his Instagram post on Tuesday morning in Australia. "I'll be doing everything I can to come back stronger and better than I was before."
Naturally, everyone at the WSL wishes Julian a speedy recovery.