"Every cyclist breaks their collarbone at some point in their career I think."
When you combine mud, rain, rocks, mountain bikes and nearly 2000 people trying to stay awake for 24 hours, there's always going to be injuries.
Which makes the handful of broken bones suffered in the Australian 24-hour mountain bike championships at Stromlo Forest Park on the weekend a "good result".
Canberra Off-Road Cyclists president Sarah O'Callaghan said she only knew of four broken bones – two collarbones, one leg and a shoulder.
O'Callaghan said these kinds of injury were just part of the sport.
"To a degree that's racing and they were all in different spots [on the course], but the other 1900 riders managed to not break themselves," she said.
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So what do you think? Are broken bones just a part of the sport if you ride for long enough?
Having been an avid skier for 14 years, having mountain biked seriously for 7, mountain boarded for 4 or 5, and rock climbed for a few years in there, I still have yet to break a bone. Sprains, scrapes, bruises, stitches, a concussion... yes, but no broken bones yet. Is it just a matter of time?