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Value of helmets(4 posts)

Value of helmetstuffnick
Apr 17, 2002 10:36 PM
Well I've learned a valuable lesson that I hope I can spread to others in the value of helmets so I'd like to share my story since I know some people especially a lot of euros don't wear helmets!

Anyway my name is Nick Corcoran. I'm a member of the Canadian National Cycling Team in a developement sense and was lucky enough to go to Junior Worlds last year. So after a hard winter of training with in excess of 6000 km (I'm a sprinter so this is a lot!) our first test was Trinidad in mid to late March for a cycling series there every year. So on March 30th... 2nd last race 2nd last night after a very good couple weeks of training racing and tanning I was picked to be led out for a sprint in a 2 lap race. Well things didn't go according to plan... going into the last lap a Trinidadian guy crashed my teammate right in front of me and at 60 km/h I tried to bunny hop him which was unsuccessful and I went flying at least 30 feet headfirst into the ground even after attempting to somersault the landing. Result? A severe brain injury (worse than concussion)... I didn't remember anything up until Monday night even though I was there albeit sleeping 22 hours a day. I hate to think of what could have happened without a helmet. I've been hit on the road once before and couldn't remember the accident since I got a brain injury/concussion. So helmets make a difference. I hate to think of what COULD have happened if I decided not to wear a helmet. And for the record I miss riding like crazy... I can't start doing any physical activity for another week and a half minimum. Great way to start the season here... but at least I'm alive to start it.

Anyway enough of my preaching! I'll have the video on my website... in the next while as it comes online. Right now its in the developement phases and can only be seen at

re: Value of helmetsSteveO
Apr 18, 2002 4:36 AM
sorry to hear about your accident.
Hey Nick!Gregory Taylor
Apr 18, 2002 5:15 AM
Your program up in Canada is pumping out some VERY impressive cyclists. I know that you will be back very soon and kicking major A$$...

Greg Taylor
Team Lardbutt Correspondence Secretary
Thats the plan!tuffnick
Apr 18, 2002 2:36 PM
We're getting there but we got so many other sports to take young athletes... Roland Green is doing awesome and I hope to be in a rainbow jersey one day!

Website is coming up... go to to see!