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March 27/98 17:36 pm - Shocking News, Napa Start Lists

Posted by Editor on 03/27/98

Shocking News

The following e-mail was sent to us by Hunter Hubby of Ritchey:


DBR's Beth Coates Severely Injured In Rock Climbing Accident

It is with great sadness and much hope, that Diamondback reports the following information concerning DBR rider Beth Coates. Though we are in the preliminary stages of receiving this information from the hospital, the following is known.

Beth Coates, one of DBR's top riders, suffered serious injuries, when she fell while rock climbing yesterday. Beth, who lives in Boulder, CO, is in serious condition, though not life threatening, and is paralyzed from the waist down. This paralysis may be caused by spinal shock and may only be temporary. Additionally, she has fractured vertebras' in her upper and lower back.

Beth is conscious and is scheduled for surgery in the next few days, at which time more information will be known on her short and long term conditions.

Please join the employees of Diamondback in your thoughts for her recovery. If you would like to send her a card or flowers, the hospital address is listed below. If you are sending flowers, please send them for Saturday delivery or thereafter. More information to follow as is made available by her family.

Boulder Community Hospital
Beth Coates Room #110
1100 Balsam Avenue
Boulder, CO 80304
Ph: 303.440.2273

World Cup

We have just received the start list for the Grundig World Cup happening in Napa, California this weekend. There will be 24 Canadian men and 11 Canadian women on the start line for the Pro Elite races. Below is a list of some of the top riders and the Canadians listed in the starting lineup (note: the numbers assigned are based on finishing order in World Championships last year). The weather today is sunny and 16 degrees C. Rain was forecast this week, but so far it has not arrived. One interesting absence from the start list is Kirk Molday, who has still apparently not recovered from his recent illness.


1. Miguel Martinez FRA
2. Christophe Dupouey FRA
3. Cadel Evans AUS
4. Ludovic Dubau FRA
6. Michael Rasmussen DEN
7. Rune Hoydahl NOR
9. Jerome Chiotti FRA


Greg Blackwell
Paul Cobham
Jason Crookham
Lucas Curran
Matt Decore
Roland Green
Neil Grover
Geoff Kabush
Josh Hall
Rich Hamilton
Christian Hansen
Andreas Hestler
Carter Hovey
Jussi Jaakkola
Phillippe Lavalle
Seamus McGrath
Sebastien Paradis
Michael Pruner
Chris Sheppard
Keith Stark
Scott Sternthal
Mathieu Toulouse
Adam Walker
Peter Wedge


1. Paola Pezzo ITA
2. Alison Sydor CAN
3. Chantal Daucourt SUI
4. Ruthie Matthes USA
5. Alison Dunlap USA
6. Lesley Tomlinson CAN
8. Laurence Leboucher FRA
9. Annabella Stropparo ITA
10. Chrissy Redden CAN

Other Canadians

Melanie Dorion
Marg Fedyna
Leslie Green
Erin Heintzman
Lisa McGilvray
Melanie McQuaid
Sue Palmer
Trish Sinclair


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