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Eric Storz badly injured, recovering

This past weekend I saw a Nov. 24 message posted to the USA section of the Trials Central forums Eric Storz’s recent crash on his trials bicycle. Eric finished 3rd in the National Observed Trials Championship 125 Expert class this year and competed in Europe this past summer.

I  emailed Eric’s dad, Steve Storz, who sent this today:

The accident took place on Nov. 21st. The  6 hour surgery to repair his face took place on Nov. 24th and went very well. Plastic surgeons inserted seven titanium plates to repair the facial fractures. The procedure was done in a very masterful way and I don’t think he will have any noticeable scarring.

He should have been released 2 or 3 days after the surgery, but unfortunately he suffered a really severe reaction to some of the antibiotics used as a precaution against infection, which has delayed his recovery. The good news is that he is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital today, December 7th. All indications are that he will make a complete recovery.

As a side note, we are really grateful for all of the support and prayers from the trials community (worldwide). It really does ease the burden.

Eric Storz, Steve Storz,

Feel free to attach a ‘best wishes’ type comment here for Eric and we’ll make sure he sees it.

I took this photo of Eric and his dad Steve during the 2008 USGP World Trials Championship at the TTC (blogged here). Steve says he’ll send me a more current photo of Eric from this past summer.

In the meantime, here’s a recent (autumn, 2009) YouTube video of Eric on his trials motorcycle and trials bicycle.

July 12 NATS Bicycle Trials

The American Trials Training Camp for teenagers is winding down and this weekend brings the return of the Bicycle Trials, thanks to Mike Friddell and the NATS organization. This is a fun event and lots of entertaining bicycle trick riding on the rocks that the motorcycle trials folks used in the world championships a couple months earlier.
Signup is at 8AM Saturday, July 12, competition starts at 9, all times CDT. $20 entry and free for spectators.
Maybe some of the motorcycle teenagers will hang around and enter, some of them are pretty good on a bicycle!
p.s., free TTC t-shirt to the first one who shows up Saturday and can guess who’s coaching this rider in the photo from 2003. Mike Friddell is the observer, and he doesn’t count.

American Trials Training Camp and Bike Trial

As soon as the Youth Nationals were over we immediately plunged into the 2nd Annual American Trials Training Camp for our best teenager up & coming trials stars! We had 21 riders this year for a week of practice and fun. They have been thrashing the rocks and bikes and bodies for a full week, and when not riding they are having canoe races and go-cart demolition derbies and eating like locusts. It’s been great! Look for a full story in next month’s Trials Competition magazine, and check out the RYP/Sherco for sponsoring this event and all of Brad Baumert’s efforts in the paddock to keep the kids going. Check out the photos in the gallery and especially the “wall of shame” for the broken bits. Also special thanks to Fran Webb (Cody’s mom) for being camp mom and doing all the cooking this year.

Also we’re hosting the NATS bicycle trials nationals and World Championship Qualifier events at the TTC this weekend (July 8/9) and I’ve posted some fantastic bike trial photos in the gallery. Several of the motorcycle trials kids entered the competition and Pat Smage even won the expert class event today (Saturday)!