F1 Star Raced After MTB Injury

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  • Published Dec. 9, 2010
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM EDT

Red Bull's Mark Webber came off his MTB while training.

Seems the guys who sit atop mountains of horsepower each weekend also like to unleash their own power on bikes.

We’ve featured motorcycle champ Ben Bostrom’s love of cycling. And then there are guys like Indy Car driver Tony Kanaan and NASCAR pilot Carl Edwards who use cycling to maintain their fitness.

Now, Radio New Zealand reports that Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber says he has no intention of giving up mountain biking despite breaking his shoulder part way through the season.

Webber was leading the F1 championship when he suffered the injury and drove the last four races of the season with it but kept it secret from his Red Bull team. The news was included in Webber’s new book.

F1 driver Mark Webber uses mountain biking to keep fit for when he's on the track. Courtesy photo

“I came off a mountain bike while training between the races in Singapore and Japan, and an x-ray revealed a small fracture to my right shoulder,” Webber explained on his official website. “I was very confident it wouldn’t affect my performance in the car, which is why I didn’t tell anyone.”

It’s was his second mountain bike accident having broken a leg and fractured a shoulder two years ago. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has urged him to give it up but Webber says that won’t happen, Radio New Zealand reported.

And after a two-year hiatus, the Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will return in 2011. The adventure race includes — you guessed it — mountain biking.


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