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Be careful on those twisty descents(3 posts)

Be careful on those twisty descentsRideLots
Apr 15, 2002 7:44 AM
From the Fresno newspaper:

"Cyclist dies in collision with a Jeep on Tollhouse Road

A 33-year-old bicyclist was killed Sunday after he collided with a Jeep in north Fresno County, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The Fresno man was riding his bicycle west on Tollhouse Road east of the town of Tollhouse about 12:50 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, the CHP said. The bicyclist's name had not been made public by late Sunday.

The bicyclist, traveling about 30 mph downhill, crossed the center line and into the path of a 1962 Jeep, the CHP said.

The Jeep, driven by 59-year-old James Wood of Sanger, hit the bicycle head-on. The Jeep had been traveling east on Tollhouse at less than 30 mph.

The man was thrown from his bicycle and suffered fatal injuries."

This is fairly steep, twisty descent near Fresno. Please, folks, be careful on those descents. Never, ever cross the center line on a blind corner. You have to bet (with your life) that a car will be coming around every corner.

Doug
Good stuff 'LotLeisure
Apr 15, 2002 5:50 PM
I was coming back from a canyon ride with my sister and she took off as fast as she could downhill; I see a lot of riders pull the same thing without thinking. What they need to realize is if you're hitting a curb at max speed and have to hit the brakes for an oncoming car, you're going to exceed the grip you have and slide right under it. I caught up with my sister and read her the riot act.
The other half of the deal is that motor vehicles frequently ignore the center line. And you can guess exactly which vehicles are most likely to do it. I couldn't imagine coming around a corner to find my sister smashed underneath some Suburban that was taking up both lanes. It happened to a neighbor's daughter.
So my more extreme advice is to always be ready to stop or ride off the road within half of the distance you can see. Vehicles come up a lot faster than a cyclist typically comes down.
I almost learned that lesson the hard way...look271
Apr 16, 2002 1:22 PM
About 5 years ago I was riding in a MS 150 ride when we came to a really steep descent that was equally twisty as it was steep.I flew around a corner and realized that it was sharper than I thought. I crossed over the center line and guess what was coming right at me? A Chevy pickup. I don't know how I missed it, but suffice it to say that I am considerably more careful now.