Just to add to the Cyclechat Cripple List (get well soon Maggot) I had a bit of an incident on the ski slopes last week! Picture the scene....last Friday, Val d'Isere, snow absolutely PERFECT, sun shining, skies blue...an inelegant but competent skier comes down a red run perfectly within her capabilities and within her ski school class. We're practising 'pole planting' which is something I generally think I'm quite good at. All of a sudden I look down at my next turn and realise I've planted my pole slap bang in front of my ski. My ski hurtles into the pole, I fall awkwardly and pretty much snap my shinbone on my ski boot. So for the past week, I've been stuck in a french hospital. I had surgery on Saturday and they basically hammered a metal pin down the inside of my shin to fix it whilst I lay under a local anaesthetic and heard the chap banging his hammer!!! But to be honest I've been incredibly lucky and incredibly well looked after. The entire hospital staff were amazing.I do realise how lucky I've been. Any sympathy gratefully received...and any thoughts on how long it takes to recover from a pretty clean snap of the tibia and when I can be back on my feet (and more importantly, my darling bike)?