On september 21st Kirill Churbanov - more commonly known as Benderoni - had a severe accident while riding on his home trails close to Moscow. He overshot one of his big backcountry gap jumps, broke his collarbone upon crash landing and was immediately knocked out by the impact. Kirill wore a fullface helmet as well as a Leatt brace. He didn't regain consciousness and when he was delivered to a hospital about five hours later he was put in an artificial coma to help deal with his injuries. He was diagnosed with a diffuse axonal injury and as of now, it is unclear how the future will look for him. A couple of days ago, Kirill woke up from coma and can follow persons with his eyes, reacts to touches and being talked to but cannot (yet) move again or talk or communicate in any other way. Kirill has health insurance in Russia, which is one of the few good news - unfortunately, the insurance will only cover a basic rehabilitation program which will not be sufficient for Kirill's type of injury. This is why we want to raise funds to be able to place him in a good medical program, specific for his needs. Any donations received will go directly to Kirill's family and will strictly be used for his treatment. In case there is some amount left, it will be donated to a charity of a similar kind. We thank you in advance for your help!
Kirill is a freeride mountain bike rider from Moscow, Russia. He has been making a name for himself in the international scene by uploading videos and photos of his riding in Russia and Europe. At one point, his riding earned him a spot in the qualifier for Red Bull Rampage in Utah, the pinnacle event of the sport! Despite this extreme side, Kirill is a mild mannered and calm character. He builds and plays his own instruments - some of them even made it into his mountain bike edits ;)
Growing up in a country where mountain biking wasn't a part of popular culture - or on any kind of public radar at all, to be honest - Kirill didn't have an easy career path laid out for him. Although his riding skills are undoubtedly amazing, he didn't get support from big name sponsors until well into his career.
Kirill's approach to riding bikes is very creative, be it on natural terrain or on self built obstacles. In the early 2010s, Kirill was one of the first riders to backflip out of an open loop jump - a jump setup he went back to this july, when he tried to realize a trick he had been envisioning for the last three years: he wanted to do a double backflip out of an open loop. Unfortunately he couldn't land it yet, but let's hope it's still in his future to go for stunts like that one!!
Below are a couple of photos and videos that hopefully show you what kind of rider Kirill is - he does things his way, that's for sure!
How will we go on from here?
First of all we want to thank everyone who supports Kirill through this campaign or in other ways - we are sure Kirill appreciates every help you guys can provide right now. We will update this page regularly and give you current info on his condition. We are also working on further ways to help Kirill on his path to recovery - this will be a work in progress for sure, since we are all scrambling this together in a hurry, trying to help him as quickly as possible!!