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I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy - Horner
Last Post 04/17/2014 08:54 PM by Frederick Jones. 14 Replies.
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04/11/2014 06:12 PM
Horner was just in a crash, apparently with a car and suffered a punctured lung and 4 broken ribs.  (For reference, I did a crash with a collapsed lung, 3 broken ribs, collarbone and a lot of soft tissue damage to my shoulder.  Same order of magnitude.

This is one of those injuries where the pain hits max and cuts through massive amounts of morphine. 


I wish the guy well.  And a really good nurse to ring tonight and the next few when he wants to roll over.  My first two nights were Saturday and Sunday.  The night nurse was a woman you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.  Big and strong.  Strong enough to roll me over with my wrecked shoulder and ribs with pain that was very real but within limits.  Monday night, I rang again and got a much smaller nurse, normal size.  She did not have either the strength or the touch and the pain was through the roof.  I never hit that ringer again.  Over the weeks and months after, I came to realize that there were two professionals who could handle my body and shoulder without excruciating pain.  That nurses and later, my PT.  May Horner get a nurse as good.



04/11/2014 06:33 PM
that's a bummer. i bet he retires now.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.


04/11/2014 10:18 PM
Ribs are the worst. Busted ribs or bruised them 6 or 7 times. Never punctured a lung though. Don't want to imagine how that is on top.
Ride On


04/12/2014 08:06 AM
That sucks. I wish him well
Cosmic Kid


04/12/2014 02:50 PM
That guy just has horrific luck, injury-wise.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Gonzo Cyclist


04/13/2014 12:23 AM
OUCH!!! Ben, same here when I was hit by that car a few years ago, 3 broken ribs, both lungs collapsed, a fractured scapula, fracture on the top of my shoulder, full on concussion,etc...no broken collarbone thank god
They were loading me up on the morphine, still hurt like hell. I had to sleep in an upright position for weeks in the corner of the couch, or in a recliner, because I could not lay flat, or even roll over. I had to have an oxygen machine at home for the punctured lungs, what a friggin' nightmare, but sounds like I may have had it a bit better than you


04/13/2014 01:16 AM
I don't know G.C. I'm not sure I'd want to change places! Make a deal with you. Let's keep these permanently in the past tense. Shake?



04/13/2014 12:06 PM
More on the crash. Training ride going through on of the many tunnels on the road around Lake Como, Italy. 3 cars passed him with the last one clipping him and driving off. Horner had to get himself out of the tunnel both for safety and because his cell phone didn't work there.

I picked myself up and walked to the intersection corner and sat down on the curb after my crash. I could have gone considerably further as Horner did, but thankfully I didn't have to. And I am sure both my wait for the ambulance and ride to the hospital were far quicker.

Gonzo Cyclist


04/13/2014 02:58 PM
agreed Ben..............
wow, crazy story about Horner, and You!! I came to in the hospital, thank god someone found me on that back country road, saved my life, I still have no recollection of the accident


04/14/2014 12:09 PM
this injury should set Horner up perfectly for a repeat at the Vuelta.
only half kidding.


04/14/2014 12:17 PM
Sad, not a great way to start one of your final yrs in the sport. We'll see what happens.

Nice guy it appears, and a tough thing for any family at any level.



04/14/2014 03:19 PM
The tunnels around there are incredibly narrow! The drivers haul a$$ through them too. I would not ride through one unless it was critical, because they are life threatening.

If he did not have a helmet, then he probably had no lights or reflectors.

That truly sucks. Luckily there seems to be no permanent damage.


04/17/2014 05:04 PM
OK so is it crazy to suggest that some of these pros actually consider wearing some illumination like the stupid and Fred-worthy blackburn tail light that I use? or is that too amateurish? Might just save a lot of pain and even someone's life. Just a thought



04/17/2014 07:39 PM
The first piece of equipment I got was a helmet, the second were some bright as sh!t lights.


04/17/2014 08:54 PM
Does that big list of roadie rules have something to the effect of
1. Don't get killed. It's dangerous out there
2. Don't f##k up
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