On Sunday, May 24th, Elynor Bäckstedt, Trek-Segafredo’s youngest rider in the 2020 roster, crashed and sustained a spiral fracture of the right tibia.
Elynor Bäckstedt was mountain biking with her family in some local forests close to their family home in South Wales when she suffered the accident. She was descending a steep off-road section at around 10kph when her front wheel lost traction and slipped away, causing her to fall.
“We had been for an MTB ride in one of our local forests and were on our way back,” explained her father, Magnus Bäckstedt. “Coming down a relatively steep off-road descent, her front wheel slipped and washed away, and she didn’t manage to put her foot down in time to catch herself so ended up with it underneath herself and the bike.
“She was doing about 10kph at the time and I was right behind her. It looked like one of those little tumbles that you would stand up and laugh about because it was so slow, but she squealed and I knew something was wrong straight away!”
After being transported to the nearby Royal Glamorgan Hospital, X-rays confirmed that she had a spiral fracture of the tibia, her only serious injury. She was kept overnight for monitoring and discharged early afternoon, on May 25th.
I’m currently still in a lot of pain and discomfort, however, I’m super happy to be back home with my family and my boyfriend. I’ll keep you all updated with any progress. Thank you to everyone for all your get well soon messages!
Elynor will see a specialist later in the week to assess whether the alignment of the bone is correct and determine whether surgery is necessary. We will post any updates here.