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Tyrolean Knockabout, 22 February 2014

March 12, 2014

Nick writes:

ImageIt is with great regret that due to me having sustained a quadruple fracture of the right shoulder and a fracture of the left wrist, the HMHB bike tour known as Halfmanhalfbikekit will be experiencing an enforced hiatus over the coming months.

On Saturday 22nd February I succumbed to a rather nasty skiing accident, best described as a Tyrolean Knockabout. Indeed, the irony of me having sustained the above injuries in a HMHB destination is not lost on me, although the idea of such places being cursed is something we’d already begun to explore.

Only two hours into a brief bout of skiing before a work trip in Kitzbühel, I was happily moving along with images of goading D-List Paul Ross in my head, when I took a severe tumble.

This was followed by a full week’s residence at Innsbruck Medical University , where I was very well looked after indeed, although during the night after the operation, a malfunctioning automatic pain relief delivery machine made me seriously consider taking the train to Zurich (not the TGV as I was in Austria) and throwing myself off the roof of Dignitas. Come to think of it, the hospital in Innsbruck is many floors high and would easily have sufficed. (Does anyone know how high the Dignitas building is anyway?)

I’m pleased to report that I’m now back at home, although having already booked train and B and B accommodation for the April 11th Leamingon Spa gig and following tour of Nortons Chipping and Brize, Uffington, Wantage, Aylesbury and Stoke Mandeville, this is all most frustrating. Given the rest and rehabilitation I need, I fear it’s going to be at least two months before I’m back in the saddle.

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5 Comments
  1. Jonah Varc permalink

    Comrade Nick,
    I’m sorry to hear of your accident and I trust you’ll recover well and recover soon. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts immensely over the last few months and if I’m reminded more of the Boulting brothers rather than the Schleck brothers, this is a good thing.The damage to my eyesight, caused by too close an examination of photos of your shiny new bikes on a recent post, was only temporary so everything comes out right in the end.
    All the Best

  2. Nick Dawes permalink

    Chumrade Jonah,
    Many thanks indeed for your kind words. Skiing? What was I thinking of? How was that ever going to help complete the HMHB bike tour? Well, I’ve learned my lesson. Hopefully come May or June, Steve and I will be able to pick up where my rather nasty accident forced us to leave off.
    All the best to you,
    Nick

  3. Cynical Uncle Charlie permalink

    Nick & Steve,

    Having followed your exploits on the HalfManHalfBikeKit site it was good to meet you in the Jug & Jester after the Assembly gig on Friday. Particularly liked the Korfball shirt.

    Yours, Cynical Uncle Charlie

    • Nick Dawes permalink

      Good to meet you too! (Were you the one with the beard?) Sorry to ask, but we met a few people in the pub that night. Hopefully by the next gig we get to I’ll be back on my bike.

  4. Bob Fitzgerald permalink

    Skiinng! You total maniac. Stop it. Wishing you a very speedy recovery.
    Best Wishes
    Bob

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