After winning a silver medal at the Cyclocross World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands last weekend, Katie Compton has been forced to end her 2018 season after suffering a horrible gash to her knee following a collision with a fellow rider.
The American national champ was riding the Krawatencross race in Lille, the last race of the DVV Trofee series, when tragedy struck on the very first lap.
Husband and cycling coach, Mark Legg, posted an image of the gruesome injury to Twitter saying that the injury is the result of “What happens when two riders make poor decisions and can’t be patient on the first lap” as they “[squeezed] Katie into a crash”
What happens when two riders make poor decisions and can’t be patient on the first lap and squeeze Katie into a crash? Disc rotor cut to the bone. Not a happy way to end a great season 😠 pic.twitter.com/7ORlxqWXh0
— Mark Legg (@MrKatieCompton) February 10, 2018
Colliding with one of the rider’s disc brakes, Legg said Compton’s injury saw the “disc rotor cut to the bone.” before adding that it was “not a happy way to end a great season.”
Compton later added that there were silver linings to disc rotor slices like the one she endured. “The good thing about disc rotor slices”, she said “is that they don’t hurt till much later and the bleeding that doesn’t want to stop cleans the wound nicely”
The good thing about disc rotor slices is that they don’t hurt till much later and the bleeding that doesn’t want to stop cleans the wound nicely. #stitches #brightside #offseason https://t.co/xGYbN4bEeO
— Katie Compton (@KatieFnCompton) February 10, 2018
We guess that her positive mentality despite the nasty wound will help speed her way on her road to recovery, something that was particularly prevalent as she retweeted one Tweet that turned her knee into a smiley face.
— Morgan (@morganstyer) February 11, 2018
The use of disc brakes in road racing is quickly becoming more popular with more teams choosing to fit their bikes with the braking system but there are some who still feel they shouldn’t warrant a place in the professional peloton.
Injuries like those sustained by Francisco Ventoso at the 2016 Paris-Roubaix have seen the sport’s governing body, the UCI, maintain a rocky relationship with disc brakes but on the whole the new technology (that has been used in cyclocross races since 2010) seems to be slowly growing on riders and officials.