Seattle WASHINGTON - JULY 15, 2014 - Team rider Lorenzo Suding was involved in a car accident on July 4th in which he sustained a head injury and had surgery to have glass removed from his hand. Lorenzo was in a coma for some time and had a hematoma on his brain. He was released from hospital late last week and is finding his feet at home with the help of friends and family. Suding will be sitting out the upcoming North American rounds and taking the time needed to heal. The team supports him fully and wishes him all the best in this tough time.
Team Norco INTL. - Lorenzo Update and Team News - Jill Kinter
“I feel really lucky to be able to live and breath. It’s all a bit foggy, but from what I can remember I fell asleep at the wheel, awoke on the wrong side of the road, and apparently hit a planter box sending my car onto its side.. I don’t really remember the rest. I'm feeling better, but it's going to take patience to come back to 100%. I am so devastated to be off my bike and missing races because that is what I really love to do. Thanks to everyone for the support throughout my recovery, I’m infinitely thankful for how my team and sponsors are handling this story.."
“I still can't believe this actually happened. When the news hit, it was like something out of a movie. We are all bummed for Lorenzo, but head injuries are not to be taken lightly or rushed back into competition too soon. He is an amazing talent, and a great addition to our team, he will be missed at the North American WC's. Hoping he can make the most of this down time and come back swinging."
STEVENS PASS RIDER CLINICS
In other team news Jill and Bryn taught the first Stevens Pass rider clinics of 2014 over the weekend. Girl's clinic was Saturday, and guy’s Sunday. Both classes were a huge success with all the riders coming away smiling and feeling better about the way they ride a MTB down a hill. Big thanks to Stevens Pass for being a team sponsor and giving us the opportunity so close to Seattle.
“We are lucky to live in such an amazing place with a rad community of people and trails. With a chairlift and good variety of trails, Stevens Pass is the perfect place to go over fundaments and hammer out runs to practice techniques. I think the classes were really successful with Bryn and I both sharing our knowledge and experience with great people who want to learn."
Next up: Mont St Anne, Quebec and Windham, New York for World Cup round’s 5 & 6……