By MATTHEW MCKEW
Disaster struck Queenstown’s newest professional mountain biker ahead of his world cup
Toby Meek, 16, sustained a devastating 7cm crack to the right side of his ilium — part of
the pelvis — the day before the official practices started for the Leogang stage of the 2021
Mountain Biking World Cup a fortnight ago.
The youngster’s been philosophical about his injury, though, suggesting he was due one at
‘‘I’ve raced abroad at multiple BMX Worlds, US Open and Crankworx events over the past
10 years and been lucky to never injure myself before a big race meet.
‘‘Maybe with those odds, an injury was eventually going to catch up with me.’’
As reported by Mountain Scene last month, Meek had only just flown out to Austria to join up with professional outfit MS Mondraker.
Fortunately, he says, the team’s already become a second family, with a host of support
staff helping him.
‘‘The whole package … is phenomenal and I can see why the team have been so successful in the racing scene for so long.’’
Although he’s back in the gym this week for some strength work, most of the recovery’s bed rest, so he’s taken to brushing up his German.
The plan’s for Meek to return to competitive racing in August, taking part in the Slovenian leg of the world cup, then build to full fitness in September.
‘‘My doctor has said I can ease back into riding in July then incrementally start getting back
up to my normal speed.’’