MacLeod holds on to hope post-injury

After a serious crash in training that broke her neck and dislocated two vertebrae, top New Zealand downhiller Sheryl MacLeod wants to return to riding her bike; however, it's still too early for her to know whether her international racing career is over.

Following her early-January accident, MacLeod, 30, underwent an emergency operation in Christchurch to fuse the vertebrae with a bone graft from her hip. Surgeons also wired the broken bones within her neck.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.