It was yet another weekend of bike racing for Insight Designs business partner Nico Toutenhoofd. Nico and Mike Martin, CEO of juwi solar Inc. were doing the 16th annual 24 hours of Moab as a two-person team. (For those of you not in the know, the cyclists really do ride 24 hours in a row on some pretty tricky terrain in Moab, Utah.)
Unfortunately this time, there’s no win to report. Nico and Mike had to pull out due to injury.
In Nico’s email explaining what happened, he wrote: “Lesson learned… When you see the triple “X” signs on the trail, and it’s the middle of the night, and you’re tired, and they tell you to dismount your bike, you should… I had successfully ridden down “The Ledge” on my first 4 laps, but it was getting close to midnight, we were riding with lights on our bikes, I took a different line through the technical section, and I found myself flipping over the bars. My face took the entire impact — I truly didn’t get scratched or even bruised anywhere other than my face. I limped the 6 miles back to the medical tent where they told me to abandon the race and go to the emergency room. So I only made it half way through the 24-hour race.”
Nico got 5 stitches, lost half a tooth and is pretty swollen, but he’ll be back at work tomorrow. Please give him a break is his speech is a bit garbled over the next few days.