Rider Down: Nick Van Dine

nick van dineNick Van Dine, Cannondale pro rider, personal friend of Dirt Rag and all-around good guy recently suffered a bad crash while snowboarding. Thanks to Scott House of White Pine Touring for passing on the following information and for organizing a fundraiser for Nick’s recovery fund. Godspeed, Nick…

On Monday March 30th Cannondale pro rider Nick Van Dine took a nasty fall while snowboarding that landed him in the ICU. Nick severely fractured the right side of his face during the crash, as well as sustaining trauma to his head and brain. Nick is not only a professional athlete but a advocate for the sport of mountain biking, and is also involved in youth development programs.

Nick underwent reconstructive surgery on Thursday, April 2nd to repair the injuries to his face. The surgery went well and doctors expect Nick to make a full recovery.

Although the prognosis is good for Nick he has a long road ahead of him with some significant financial hurdles in his way. On April 23rd 2009 there will be a fundraiser to help Nick with these hurdles. The event will be held at the Sidecar Bar (333 Main St , Park City, UT 84060) with doors to open at 7pm.

Live music from local band Leadfoot will start between 8 and 9pm. The event will feature a Silent Auction sponsored by Cannondale Bikes for a Cannondale Rize mountain bike. Along with the auction there will be a chance drawing (Utah for raffle). $10 at the door gets you two “chances” to win great prizes from local sponsors as well as national vendors such as SCOTT Bikes and many more.

Thanks to all of those who have already generously donated products, and services for the raffle. It is with your support we can help to get Nick back out and on his bike.

For more information, or to donate to the cause email Scott House at White Pine Touring or call 435-655-5009 or 435-649-8710.

If you would like to make a donation to Nick and will not be able to attend the fundraiser White Pine Touring will be collecting donations (Physical: 1790 Bonanza Dr, Park City, UT 84060; Mailing: PO Box 280, Park City, UT 84060).  Checks can be made payable to Nick Van Dine.