Specialized's Sam Gaze Exits Cape Epic

No one ever wants to leave a race before the race is done. That’s never been truer than today, when Specialized rider, Sam Gaze, announced that he was pulling out from the Absa Cape Epic. A crash that Sam experienced during Stage One of the Epic continues to affect this rider and prompts his early departure.

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Sam Gaze. Photo credit: Michal Cerveny.

 

Sam, who teamed this year with defending champion, Jaroslav Kulhavy, crashed during the first day of racing, but soldiered on to finish. Feeling strong, Sam returned for a second day of competition and raced well for the first half hour, but soon began to experience the effects of the prior day’s crash. Ultimately, he finished 28 minutes behind the leaders on the day.

 

After another solid day of rest, Sam decided to toe the line this morning for stage three of the Epic, but soon thereafter decided to exit the event. Though off of the bike for the remainder of the week, Sam is staying, here in South Africa to support the team through the Cape Epic.

 

Sam voluntarily withdrew himself from Stage 3 of the Absa Cape Epic due to his symptoms. He has been diagnosed with a significant concussion following a neurological assessment by the MediClinic medical team, and in the interest of rider safety, has been medically withdrawn from the race.

 

While Sam is torn over leaving the Epic early, we wholeheartedly support his decision. Sam’s health and full recovery are our top priority.

 




14 Comments

Mohs, Mar 20 2019 09:06

Meh.....

 

expected, predicted....and well exited

 

Speedy recovery to you my man!

Rocky999RSL, Mar 20 2019 09:24

Meh.....

 

expected, predicted....and well exited

 

Speedy recovery to you my man!

LOL, also thought that too.

MBMtbGirl, Mar 20 2019 09:36

Speedy recovery Sam!

V18, Mar 20 2019 10:12

Anyone have timestamp clip of the crash?

Escapee.., Mar 20 2019 11:26

Anyone have timestamp clip of the crash?

 

No footage of it

Headshot, Mar 20 2019 12:04

How do you crack a helmet at the back like that. I've wacked my head a few times and put minor cracks or huge dings in helmets but its usually at or near the point of impact. Or did Gaze loop out in a manual? :-) 

Wil6, Mar 20 2019 01:58

Everyone predicted he would be out before the race was done. So glad than Allan was spared riding with this guy.

Hairy, Mar 20 2019 03:12

I have cracked a helmet at the back before ... front wheel washed out, I remember my head hitting the ground the crunching sound and then looking up and seeing my bike cartwheeling down the trail in "slow mo"

 

 

How do you crack a helmet at the back like that. I've wacked my head a few times and put minor cracks or huge dings in helmets but its usually at or near the point of impact. Or did Gaze loop out in a manual? :-) 

fusion01, Mar 20 2019 03:31

skinny XC helmet, pah!

LeoKnight, Mar 20 2019 04:01

How do you crack a helmet at the back like that. I've wacked my head a few times and put minor cracks or huge dings in helmets but its usually at or near the point of impact. Or did Gaze loop out in a manual? :-) 

 

When you do OTB properly, I once clipped something on the side of the road and also ended on my back with cracked helmet on the back

Hairy, Mar 20 2019 04:17

I have also ended up with my chainring in the back of my helmet .... does that also count :P

intern, Mar 20 2019 10:34

With his reputation, even that photo of Gaze riding through the bushes makes you think 'I want to see the manager' ‍♂

intern, Mar 20 2019 10:34

Weird emoji, don't read too much into it....

SJG, Mar 21 2019 09:57

The team and medics chose the right thing to do - another injury after a concussion can be career ending. If they hadn't stopped him he would have carried on riding for the team. Can't ask much more than that.