Susan Devoy made headlines earlier in the week with a career shift to Mountain Biking and was quickly signed to ride for team Santacruz Ibis. Her First race of the season was the New Zealand Singlespeed nationals held at Seven Mile reserve in Quenstown aboard her new Ibis Tranny.
The race was a pretty savage five lap course for everyone in all grades with two beer pit stops on route. To stretch the field out, participants started with a 600m run, front wheels in hand, to their bikes, whereupon they had to attach it and ride out onto the course.
The leg strength from Susan's past sporting endeavours showed through on the run as she ledf the field at the transition onto the bike. On the bike Susan was equally strong, establishing an early lead well clear of her team mate, Anja McDonald, in second place. In the men's race, the boys were all a little shook up as Susan was in front of her male team mates, Chris Burr and Tristan Rawlence, who were, at the time, sitting well up the field.
However, disaster struck when Susan hooked her skirt on her saddle on one of the downhill sections of the course and crashed. Tristan and Chris came upon Susan on the side of the track nursing her injuries and pulled the pin on their race to help. Chris described the injuries as "horrific", "Susan must have hit the ground really hard, by the time I saw her she was off the side of the track, all her hair had fallen out, her left breast had ruptured and she was clutching her collar bone saying it was broken, in fact the injuries were so bad she looked a lot like my mate, Andy Reid." he said.
Susan was admitted to Queenstown Lakes hospital where, unfortunately, her other breast fell out as the nurse was cutting off her addidas squash outfit. She was later diagnosed with a broken clavicle and an uncanny resemblance to Mr Reid which is bound to cause much confusion on the MTB circuit for years to come.
Back at the race Anja McDonald piloted her Ibis Tranny all the way to theTattoo parlour with Brenda (Bob) Clapp coming in third on her trusty Santa Cruz Chamelon dressed as a very classy nurse. Cant remember who won the men's race, all i know is the top five riders all rushed off into the bushes to have a cuddle and warm up as they all rode 29ers.
At the Tattoo Studio -Photo courtesy of Scott Kennedy / Adventureskope