Last cyclocross season unfortunately proved to be the year of the injury for U.S. cyclocrossers. Last week, that run of bad luck extended into the new season.

During a training ride on his time trial bike last Friday, U23 Pan-Am Champion Gage Hecht (Aevolo) crashed and was taken to the hospital for treatment. In a post on social media, Hecht reported that he broke bones in his skull and will be out of competition with his Aevolo road team while he recovers.

Hecht wrote on the following on social media:

Thank you Kask Helmets for protecting my head!

Last Friday, I was out on a training ride on the TT bike and crashed. Luckily a lot of good people were there to care for me at the scene. I ended up spending some time in the hospital. It turns out that I fractured a few of the smaller bones in my skull and also came away with a head injury.

I am feeling alright now, but with the current situation I will be out of competition for some time to be sure that I don’t do any further damage. As frustrated as I am to be away from racing, I know God has a plan and that I will come out of this test stronger. I will try to keep you all updated on what my season will look like.

Thank you all for your continued support! I am really thankful to have had a helmet on at the time of this accident, things could have been a lot worse.
#letsgochamp #iamsecond

Hecht’s post is linked below. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Featured image: Bart Hazen