Kat Matthews involved in car-bike crash while out training for Kona: “A car turned into me and bashed me up”

BOLTON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Katrina Matthews of Britain reacts after winning the women's race at Ironman UK on July 4, 2021 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Ironman)

After an incredible second place at the Ironman World Championship in St. George and her legendary successful Sub8 attempt, Kat Matthews is considered one of the race favorites for the upcoming Ironman World Championship in Kona. However, Matthews has other things on her mind and will first need to recover from some severe injuries that she sustained after a horrible bike-car crash.

Yesterday, while out cycling in Houston – she was still around in the US after the PTO US Open and while working towards the World Champs on Hawaii – Matthews got hit by car. “A car turned into me and bashed me up”, Matthews wrote on social media. Former Ironman World Champion Patrick Lange was out there with her and immediately tried to stabilize Matthews before she was taken to the hospital.

“She was unconscious and confused at first”, he told Triathlete. “We were riding on a quiet road we have done a dozen times before, and a car from the other direction just turned across the road and took her out. Luckily, the ambulance and other first responders were there quickly. She had no chance avoiding the crash at pretty high speed on flat fast road.”

Matthews’ husband, Mark, explains she has sustained a few injuries, among those fractures in her skull, vertebrae, and sternum. Mark continued to say Matthews will “make a full recover”, as it’s mostly stitches and a few “tiny cracks”.