Wounded Rider Program

Wounded Rider Program numbers 3, 4 and 5

YGR's Wounded Rider Program has assisted 5 riders after serious crashes since its inception earlier this spring.  Here are Gretchen Potts', WRP Director, recaps of #4 and #5.  Rather than write a recap of our delivery to Jeff Wicks (WRP #3), we decided to post his wife's, Kerry Wicks, write-up of the indecent.  We set Jeff up with Noosa Yogurt, Backcountry gift cards, plenty of road rash meds, BRAAAP Nutrition Bars, massages from Steve Weiler and Jon Garcia, a RoadID, Tokyo Joes gift Cards, Walrus ice cream complements of the Ciclismo Youth Foundation and he'll be getting a new helmet from ProVelo and new shades from Spex   The program is funded by the First City Cycling Team. 
 
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The WRP Director will be on vacation for a few days so NO CRASHING until further notice. 
 
WRP #3
Jeff Wicks
by Kerry Wicks

June 14th transformed lives.

She wasn’t drunk. She wasn’t high. She has no criminal record. 
Peggy Brown wasn’t texting, IM’ing, or chatting on the phone. She was driving. A visitor from Des Moines, she was driving to the Sculpture Garden around the picturesque Loveland Lake on Father’s day weekend. She is 72.

Jeff Wicks, my husband, set out on a 4 hour training ride on the same big blue skied Colorado morning. August 3rd beckoned—his first full IRONMAN; A goal for himself in his 40th year.

Their lives collided in Loveland: He, on his recently purchased and pined for beautiful tri bike, she, in her white Mazda protégé. 

An abrupt errant turn; an elite athlete making great time on his ride, and a collision. 170 pounds of cyclist flesh pounding into a passenger window…shattering it, and life as we knew it.

Look all ways. 

And then. She fled. She left my husband on the asphalt, broken and bleeding. She left a human on the road; his blood on her car amidst the beads of glass. 

While Peggy panicked, Jeff bled. 

I got the call. “It would be best if you don’t bring your children.” 
Still adorning pajamas, I put keys in the ignition and remember little else of the drive. Walking toward the ER, the father of our children bloodied and silent, lay splayed on a gurney. Meatloaf. I heard labored breathing through coagulated nostrils. Meatloaf with life.

Massive road rash, patella edema, fractured wrist, stapled double wrist lacerations, tendon damage, 7 inch moon-shaped stapled shoulder laceration, fractured tooth, at-risk teeth, broken nose, major soft tissue facial trauma, and…head trauma. 

Oh Peggy. I know you meant no harm, yet harmed you did. You severely injured and deserted a HUMAN in need. Given you are 72…I implore you to teach your descendants to never follow those tiresteps. Thank-you.

Run from it or learn from it.

Pettiness is not my MO. Holding onto ‘other people’s crap’ that gets flung intentionally or not...won’t help my husband play with his little kiddos with ease, assist him with his return to OtterBox any quicker, get back to training for his ironman dream any sooner, or take any of our pain away. 

We. Are. Fractured.

I fed a grown man jello. I helped pick tooth fragments and white mazda protégé paint chip fragments out of his mangled face. Helplessly, I watched an incredibly strong man crumble a little when his daughter was afraid to approach his ‘new face’.

And, Peggy Brown, 72, from Des Moines, Iowa…
I. Forgive. You.

I’m not holding onto the darkness. It’s all yours. I wish you the best.

We’re forging ahead. PT. OT, ST, NeuroPsych, Ortho, and Dentistry beckon. Jeff Wicks really is an Ironman. So there.

 
WRP  #4 and #5 by Gretchen Potts
 
WRP #4.  Sully Finch.  An up and coming BMX racer who was set to become a competitor on the national stage.  From what I gather from a close family friend, he had a mechanical failure in a race that ended with severe internal injuries.  He lost a kidney and badly bruised his spleen.  The good news is that he is out of the woods, and is healing well.  The BMX community totally rallied to raise over $10K to help cover the cost of his long stay in the hospital.  Now thats what I call community support!  We are hoping Sully gets to make it home soon and the WRP has coordinated with a close family friend to have a nice care package waiting for him.  Since he wont be on the bike for a spell, we got him an authentic Duncan Imperial YoYo.  Figured that might help pass the time for a bit.  We also made a $100.00 donation from the WRP general fund to Sully's GoFunMe page. More to come in the coming weeks as I'm sure Sully will soon be back in the fray wowing the cycling community before we know it.  
 
WRP #5  Paul Tanguay.  Paul is one of our own FCCT racers and has been a serious competitor and all around awesome guy for quite some time.  He went down pretty hard last Thursday (June 26th) on the TTh group ride and ended up in the hospital with a concussion and a serious case of road rash.  I went to visit him last night and brought him a load of Tegaderm, a bunch of Braaap bars and of course a 1 lb bag of peanut M&Ms compliments of his own First City Cycling Team.  He says that now he is feeling much better but is making sure to take a whole week off the bike and horses per the doctors orders.  And his wife Jen is making sure he sticks to it!  Good goin' Jen!  I got a nice message from Paul this morning saying how appreciative he was to get all the help with sunglass and helmet replacements from Spex Optics and proVelo and that he was so proud to be on a team that does this sort of thing.  Once the road rash heals up, he is going to take up that massage from Steve Weiler too!  
 

Scott Ruff Receives Wounded Rider Kit #2

YGR-WRP-5x7-v1Local ultra distance mountain biker, Scott Ruff, became the second recipient of YGR Wounded Rider Program benefits. YGR WRP director, Gretchen Potts met with at the New Belgium Short Track Races on Tuesday.  Here's what she had to say. 

I met up with Scott Ruff today at the New Belgium Short Track.  Its been a few weeks since his accident and he is up and around now.  Scott told me that they just removed the bands immobilizing his jaw and it was nice to see him smiling.  So the story goes that he was in Fruita, CO with friends riding the Kokopelli trail.  They were on the Horsethief Bench portion of the trail system when he went down, over the bars.  Unfortunately his chin stopped the fall, and his jaw was broken in two places.  He was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery in Grand Junction to repair his jaw.  He has had some difficulty with the recovery because his jaw healed "sorta crooked" and his teeth are not lined up.....which makes it real difficult to chew food.  Apparently one of the fractures was too close to a major nerve to allow any major bone manipulation.  The good news is that this can...and will be fixed....but its gonna take a little time.  So we made sure he had lots of Noosa yogurt and plenty of Walrus ice cream to help stem the tide.  He was very grateful for the care package and happy to know the NoCo cycling community is looking out for him.  He thinks that this year he will sit out the Colorado Trail Race but plans to be back at it next year.  Thanks again folks.  

 

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Jeff Noffsinger Receives YGR's First Wounded Rider Program Kit #1

JeffChairJeff with his YGR WRP kit and back brace. Gretchen Potts, YGR Wounded Rider Program Director, dropped off the first ever WRP kit to Jeff Noffsinger on Wednesday. Jeff sustained serious injuries during a high speed crash on Ford hill on Friday May 23rd.  Jeff was released from MCR on Tuesday and is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae, broken rib, road rash and staples in his head. 

The following is the email Gretchen sent me about her visit with Jeff. 
 
As I was driving up, I didn't know what to expect really, I was about to meet a total stranger who by any standard just got pretty messed up.  So, of course my imagination congerd images of Rocky Balboa, and well, the picture of you after your wreck!  I rang the doorbell, and was greeted by a cheerful friend and girlfriend, and the door panned open to a smiling guy sitting very straight in a high backed chair wearing a nicely pressed plaid shirt and shorts.  You know, kinda like a what a cyclist would look like.  I was relieved.  He didnt move much mostly because he was in a torso brace, but he did shake my hand and give me a warm welcome.  
 
I sat down and we chatted a little about the WRP and how totally surprised and grateful he was for such an incredibly supportive and generous cycling community.  He said that his mother cried when she heard the WRP was going to help out.  She is out of state and cant travel due to other family constraints and was relieved to know folks are looking after Jeff.   
 
He said that the care he received at the hospital was incredible and he now has a great medical support team to get him back on the bike.  He fractured a rib and multiple lumbar vertebrae, one requiring fusion due to the nature of the break, the others are expected to heal nicely, the old fashioned way....thus the brace.  As far as his thinking cap, he only needed 3 staples to patch up the cut on his head which is very surprising considering what his helmet looks like (yay for helmets).  
 
Then we went through the goodie bag.  First City Cycling Team made sure he was outfitted with plenty of bandages to patch up the road rash and ensure he had plenty of comfort food (i.e. peanut M&Ms, Hot Tamales, etc) which he said was just perfect!  Backcountry Provisions and Tokyo Joes pitched in with generous gift cards.  Jeff's friend Stuart Thomas (Stuart was just behind Jeff during the accident) had serendipitously donated a gift certificate to Cozzola's Pizza to the WRP a few months ago which found its way to Jeff as well.  Noosa a huge sponsor of Northern Colorado cycling pitched in a case of yogurt, and  Shauna Sledge, a First City Cycling Team member AND president of BRAAAP bars loaded him up with some great nutrition bars.  I think he is set for a spell!  
 
He also received two massage gift certificates from Johnathan Garcia Massage and Steve Weiler Podium Sports Massage, both competitive cyclists and First City Cycling Team members.  Then I told him that Greg at ProVelo bikes is giving him a new helmet and Dr. Matt Skrdla at Spex Optical is pitching in a new set of sunglasses.  At this point Jeff started to tear up a bit.  He was overcome by the generosity and good will he was receiving from folks he hasn't even yet met!  And well, I couldn't help but join him for a spell.  Lastly, he has a gift card for a RoadID which he had already talked about getting.  
 
We talked about any further needs, and for the next two weeks, he has a steady supply of friends and family that are going to help out, but he did mention that he would greatly appreciate help with transportation to and from appointments until he can drive.  He also mentioned that he really looks forward to meeting up at TTh and ProVelo group rides to say hi and stay connected to this amazing cycling community. 
 
The WRP will continue to help Jeff with homemade meals, transportation and other household chores until he's fully recovered.
 
Here's what's left of Jeff's helmet, 808s and Pinarello

 Big thanks to Gretchen Potts and all the sponsors that make this program possible.
 

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YGR Launches Program to Support Injured Riders

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After years of deliberation, I'm excited to announce the YGR Wounded Rider Program. The W.R.P. will support competitive cyclists who are injured while racing and training.  

Here is how the program will work, if a local (Northern Colorado) racer goes down and ends up in the emergency room and/or out of work, YGR will supply the rider with a 'crash kit'.  The kit will include items to help the rider and his/her family during their recovery and lessen the financial and emotional impact on them.  With the support of local, regional and national entities the kit will include; a new helmet, new sunglasses, a RoadID, local beer, restaurant gift cards, massage gift cards, magazines, comfort food, new kit, Neosporin, Tegaderm, bandages, DVDs, toys for his/her kids and something for their spouse...  It could be expanded to include house cleaning gift cards, cooking meals and lawn mowing. 

Each kit will be customized to the rider; i.e., a single rider living on his/her own that was in the e.r. with road rash will get something completely different than a masters racer who is in the hospital with broken bones and has a wife and kids.

Every time a rider would get hurt, I'd start working on the program.  Accidents that included Stuart Culp, Tim Anderson, Steve Porter, Clint Knapp, Matt Kennedy, Steve Workman, Justin Brunner, and myself contributed to the start of the program, the accident that included Paul Bass brought it to fruition.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the WRP, the rider must be; local, a racer or closely affiliated with the local scene (grassroots counts), and injured badly enough to earn a trip to the hospital and/or out of work for a while.  I'd love to help every single injured rider but the program has limited funds, and I have limited time.

The program is currently supported by;

The First City Cycling Team- Financial backing

ProVelo Bicylces- Helmets

Spex Optical- Sunglasses

RoadID- RoadIDs

Backcountry Delicatessen- gift cards

Tokyo Joe's- gift cards

Jon Garcia Massage- gift cards

Podium Massage- gift cards

Fast Freddie Apparel-kits

Stuart Thomas Commercial Real Estate- restaurant gift cards

BRAAP Nutrition- BRAAAP Bars

Even though I am very excited to get this program established, I hope we rarely use it.

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