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GRRR.... Anyone else ever suffer from anothers mistake?(6 posts)

GRRR.... Anyone else ever suffer from anothers mistake?Rossconi
Mar 2, 2003 12:55 PM
Had the first race of the season today, 4 laps of a 13 mile circuit. Was doing really well in the first lap, with plenty of attacks, I was well up the front.
Then half way through the second lap, disaster struck. Somebody in the bunch decided to throw bike control out the window! He clipped the bar of the rider beside me thus bringing him down right in front of me. I got tangeled up with his bike, bringing me to the ground. Before I could get up the peloton piled on top of me!! This left me with a torn up leg and a damaged shoulder, not to mention my bike getting severely chewed up. So that was the end of my chance at the race.
Just wanted to know if anyone else has ever had to pull out of a race due to sombody elses mistake.
risk is part of the game...Akirasho
Mar 2, 2003 1:03 PM
... sorry for your injuries... but without the risks... it's just a bunch of bikes going round and round (kinda like restrictor plate racing in NASCAR)...

Be the bike.
Unfortunate...but part of the race...biknben
Mar 2, 2003 2:32 PM
It's happened to me. Once just minutes into a road race. Wasn't even warm yet and someone overlapped wheels and went down in front of me.
Its sucks but any crash your stuck flipping the billSprint-Nick
Mar 2, 2003 5:38 PM
I've had a couple crashes that weren't my fault. I mighta been able to do more to avoid the accident but I didn't and went down. As much as it sucks its a gamble you have to take... you ride within your limits and hope that everyone else does the same. But like on the road there will always be people pushing the limits of what they are capable of or making mistakes.

Hope you feel better quickly!

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
That's why they tell you to ride near the front.MR_GRUMPY
Mar 2, 2003 7:50 PM
The further you ride from the front, the more you encounter people who are just hanging on. People who are just barely hanging on are on overload and their brain's don't work very well.
Had something like that happen 2 seasons agogreg n
Mar 3, 2003 8:49 AM
It was a 4/5s crit. A big hill and then chicane through 3 or 4 downhill turns to the finishing straight. Second to last lap I attack on the climb to move into first position. However, I didn't have a gap to get away completely. There were about 5 guys that answered the attack. I wasn't about to lead those guys out for another whole lap so I drifted back into about third position. As we were coming out of the first downhill turn, some moron behind me rubbed (more like pushed) my back wheel and the next thing I know, I'm doing a nose wheelie through someone's front yard. I stayed upright, but the collision blew out my back tire. No free lap with 1 to go. That had the potential to be my best race up to that point in my road racing history at the time. But like they say, it's all part of racing.