Some of you may already know on Oct 22nd I came off my MTB right near the end of the Hells Bells adventure race near the Sunshine Coast, QLD. I was fortunate enough to be given some time away from family to chase my own (sometimes selfish) ambitions however, the end result of this race left me bloodied, bruised, broken and in the back of an ambulance.

After 13+ hours of racing I hit something, flew over the handlebars, completely cracked my helmet and took the rest of the impact on my face. The result was 3 nights in hospital, internal and external plastic surgery to my face & mouth and certainly no adventure racing for a while. Apart from surgery though, I pulled through really well, how?

I don’t recommend that any of you put yourself in this situation however, if you do, surround yourself with the best people possible, rest & recover as required and fuel yourself for the system reboot. Thank you for all of your kind words and support over the past week. Although I feel stupid for damaging myself and putting so many people under a whole lot of additional stress, I am absolutely blessed to know each and every one of you. That is the most glaring positive thing that was even more obvious after this little trip to hell.

Thanks again- you are all amazing.


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  1. Hells Bells alright! Glad to hear you are recovering James. Best wishes to you, Merissa and the kids.

    1. Thanks Kate- we couldn’t get through without each other and wonderful people supporting us.

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