Mike Hopkins talks big mountain and the increasing risks professionals need to take in order to win.
After conquering the demons of 2012 -- i.e. landing the massive step-down that ended his Red Bull Rampage campaign last year -- early in practice in 2013, Mike Hopkins had high hopes for the finals.
Unfortunately, an uncharacteristic fall high on the mountain once again thwarted his Rampage goals.
Having steadily built a reputation as one of big mountain’s most capable riders, Hopkins -- the professional mountain biker and skier -- talks to us about his injury and the increasing risks professionals need to take in order to win.
Red Bull Bike: Might as well start with your recovery; how are you healing up?
Mike Hopkins: Good! Concussions are a funny thing, though. I walked around in my own little world for about a week and half after the crash; interesting times to say the least! It also looked as though I broke my wrist, but as it turned out the massive bump making it look bent was just swelling from a deep bruise. So I am happy to say the body is still intact.