The Swiss cross-country athlete was on a training ride near Brevard when she crashed and ended up off the trail.
“I misjudged a downhill corner on a trail that was new to me during my training ride and I went off track and over the bars, falling onto a pile of logs,” said Neff. “I immediately knew something was wrong.”
She was diagnosed with a ruptured spleen, a fractured rib, and a collapsed lung. The emergency medical team that treated Neff is said to have used a technique called embolization to stop internal bleeding in the spleen, and also helped to avoid the removal of the organ.
“Trek has been super supportive and sent me a bouquet of beautiful flowers. I’m still in a lot of pain and breathing is hard, but my condition is stable now. I’m sleeping a lot. Further plans have not been made yet,” said Neff on Instagram.
She had planned on competing in the Cyclocross World Championships in Duebendorf, Switzerland on February 1. It’s unclear at this point whether she will still compete.