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Death Ride casualty(5 posts)

Death Ride casualtyStarliner
Jul 27, 2002 7:04 AM
From the obituary page, SF Chronicle saturday edition:

i Dr. Scott Alan Lambert, a Sacramento area oral surgeon and Bay Area native, died July 17 from injuries suffered in a bicycle crash during a race in Alpine County. He was 50.

i Dr. Lambert died after crashing in a July 13 event called the Death Ride, a 129-mile race in which racers climb over 16,000 feet. he never regained consciousness and died at Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
That is so sad to hear...rwbadley
Jul 27, 2002 7:42 AM
The Death Ride has never lost a rider, until now. My condolences to family, and friends of Dr. Scott Lambert.

Such a shame that the ride indeed became a death ride this year.

RW
most dangerous ride I've ever seenDougSloan
Jul 27, 2002 1:39 PM
I don't know how this accident happened, but when I did this last year, I was amazed at the stupidity. With 3,000 people on course, idiots would be weaving, stopped on the wrong side of the road, or crossing the road in front of people (me) descending on narrow, twisty roads. I was yelling at people to get out of the way (wasn't just me, either, there were many in front of and right behind me).
Absolute, complete stupidity. I felt far safer descending at 64 mph at night in Death Valley.

I really enjoyed the course and surroundings, but they need to paint a centerline and strictly enforce it.

Also, there are lots of people who apparently just do one or two of the hills. They may well be people who are not in very good shape, and accordingly might also not have much experience, particularly on steep mountain roads. I think the event would be better served by making it a "full" event (no options to cut it short), and give priority entries to those who have completed it before. It's a recipe for disaster -- throw 3,000 riders, many with little experience, all together on some of the most hazardous roads in the country.

I feel bad for this guy's family and friends, and the event organizers as well. I think I'll write them and make some suggestions.

Doug
the ride demands skill as well as enduranceStarliner
Jul 27, 2002 7:36 PM
I did it once, in 2000, and I remember flying down the back side of Monitor, the first big descent, in a 50mph pack, not knowing any of the riders around me, restricted to one lane so as to avoid the earlier riders who were climbing back up in the other lane, dealing with switchback turns thrown in for good measure, and oh, did I mention maneuvering around the crowds of 35-40mph descenders? It was a beautiful sunrise, though.

The second big descent down the frontside of Monitor gave riders the opportunity to test out their jumping ability at 40+ mph, in order to fly over the grates in the roadbed which keep the sheep from escaping the high altitude pastures.

The first two passes (Monitor) are where you'll encounter the most traffic, and the least experienced riders. I think it was on Monitor where the doctor crashed.
It was on the backside of Monitor,...rwbadley
Jul 27, 2002 8:51 PM
About 4 miles or so from the top. He was descending.

I agree about the danger of this ride. The physical and mental requirements, along with the skills needed to ride 'in a group' are greater than many think. I saw some pretty scary stuff on this ride. I will more than likely do the ride again, but you gotta really be careful.

They should check for 'driver's license' on this ride. I like your idea of 'no backouts'. That would keep the level a bit higher I would think.

RW