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How Do Pros Crash & Get Right Back On?(9 posts)

How Do Pros Crash & Get Right Back On?MikeC
May 26, 2001 6:00 AM
I'm amazed at how many of the pros riding the Giro seem to crash horribly, then climb right back on their bikes and keep going! It's been three weeks since my crash, and I still have enough muscle damage and bruises to keep me off the bike for another week. I seem to crash about every 7,000 miles, and each time I'm out of commission for a couple of weeks.
Possible explanations as to how they do it: a) Their muscles are so much better conditioned than mine that they don't tear or pull so easily; b) at 48, I don't heal as well as a younger rider; c) they have a combination of guts and desire that's superhuman.
When I fell (at about 22 mph)it was hard enough to split my helmet. Do pros routinely just shake this kind of crash off and keep going?
Yes, it's their jobmike mcmahon
May 26, 2001 6:31 AM
In one of the most memorable recent examples, Johan Bruneel (sp?) went over the edge of the road on an Alpine descent in the Tour. He completely disappeared from the camera's sight and, from the looks of of things, could have been dead at the bottom of a 500' gorge. The cameraman ran to the side of the road and there was Bruneel scrambling up a steep slope with his bike about 20' below him. Once he got back to the road, he immediately found a team car to provide him a new bike and continued his descent. In an earlier Tour, Phil Anderson continued racing for about two days after fracturing his sternum in a fall.

Why do pros climb back on the bike when mere mortals would head for the hospital? They're being paid fairly large sums of money to win a race or help a teammate win. They do the team no good lying in a hospital e.r. You can add to the equation: 1) that they're generally in their 20s or early 30s; 2) they are in remarkable physical condition; and 3) they have been involved in (at least) dozens of prior crashes and know intuitively when they are able to continue.
re: How Do Pros Crash & Get Right Back On?davidl
May 26, 2001 7:22 AM
They're just tough guys !
One word: adrenalineDuane Gran
May 26, 2001 8:41 AM
Although my amatuer racing isn't comparible to what they do, I have wrecked in races and jumped right back on the bike. After the race was over I was in a world of pain, but during the race your mind is squarely focused on the task at hand. The adrenaline numbs the pain a lot, but by the same token, these guys in the pro circuit are major studs. Bear in mind also that they draw on much more experience in falling. They know how to fall and minimize personal injury. While they may get scraped, in sure in their league any fall that doesn't break a bone is minor and not worth stopping over.
May 26, 2001 8:43 AM
They know when to let go of the bike and how to land on their backside or feet. Jonathan Vaughters was nicknamed "the cat" for his ability.
re: How Do Pros Crash & Get Right Back On?ScottV
May 26, 2001 9:18 AM
- They're young and in good physical condition.
- They know how to fall
- Most of the time they fall in a group so they are more likely to fall on a soft human. Most time when rec riders fall they go down on the hard road.
- Most of us rec rider are a bunch of wimps ;).
Know how to fall properly.Largo
May 26, 2001 7:15 PM
Know how to fall properly.Largo
May 26, 2001 7:18 PM
Falling on a road bike is alot like falling while alpine skiing (except for the sport surface being more unforgiving)
Most people get injured while trying to fight the fall.
If you are going down, roll with it.
Fighting it just puts your body in a position more likely to injure your a$$.
Tabernac! Double posted.Largo
May 26, 2001 7:19 PM