Our friends at PinkBike
met up with our heavy hitter Aaron Chase
for their latest update for the upcoming movie titled, 'Builder
'. Aaron Chase was paralyzed from the waist down. A stupid error, really, his back wheel slipped from a ladder bridge and he landed on his tailbone. He heard his spine compress, but there was no pain, there was no feeling at all. It happened in 2007 while riding at the Nissan Qashqai Challenge in Newcastle, England. This was Chase at the height of his powers, only two years removed from winning the Red Bull District Ride; he was a podium threat anywhere he rode. The fall compressed his spine and fractured his L1 vertebrae. The L, for lumbar, vertebrae form the base of the spine and are used structurally, for protection, and for movement.
The spinal cord, which runs through the vertebrae, is as thin and delicate as al dente spaghetti. It is responsible for carrying the electrical impulses that allow someone to walk, run, or ride a bike. "I’ve been busy recovering from surgery removing the hardware from my spine. I’m back on the bike and feeling better then I have in a really long time. This surgery was life changing and closed a very long chapter in my life,
" said Chase.
"I woke up this morning and read one of the best articles that has been done on me in my entire career,"
he said. "I figured I would take this opportunity to share with all of you. I shot for Pinkbike’s Builder Movie back in July and here is a behind the scenes look on what we did. The shoot was both progressive (the builds and the riding) as well as one of the hardest shoots I have ever done. That said- have a look. The comments from the PinkBike community blew me away. I’m truly humbled
Want to see more? Get the full update with Aaron over at pinkbike.com