Cape Town - Following his horrific accident, Joel Stransky was at the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race on Thursday to cheer on the competitors.
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The former Springbok flyhalf suffered the crash in the opening Prologue of the event at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville last Sunday.
Stransky, riding in his eighth Cape Epic, was left bloodied and bruised after a nasty fall in which he broke ribs and punctured a lung.
He will reportedly undergo plastic surgery this weekend, but that did not stop him from getting out of his sick bed to support the event as a fan.
In a video uploaded to YouTube by the tournament organisers, Stransky explained how his accident happened.
“I suppose I made a mistake, I went into the technical area a little bit too speedy and got into the humps... I saved it on the first two but then couldn’t save it on the third and then there’s no real way of slowing down..." he said.
“My front wheel was heading down and the back wheel was going up and overtook me, pushing me forward and then I got my face ploughed into the gravel. I was out cold for a few minutes...
Stransky also thanked fans and organisers for their support.
“Everyone has been hugely supportive, the medical support I had was incredible... so to everyone, a huge thank you.”
Stransky, who was partnered by former Sharks centre Jeremy Thomson in the Grand Masters category, was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Stransky expressed his sadness that he couldn’t assist his team-mate further in the event.
“I saw him, he had a little tear in his eye. It’s been a long journey for us, we’ve trained hard, so I feel like I’ve let him down a bit... but we’ll be back stronger and we’ll ride again for sure!” Stransky concluded.