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beautiful cycling weekend ends with an accident(4 posts)

beautiful cycling weekend ends with an accidentgeckotb
May 20, 2003 9:27 AM
had a beautiful ride on the weekend, 140km with some nice hills, only about 30 minutes of light rain. kelowna -> penticton -> kelowna. still felt super strong at the end. went out the next morning for a recovery ride with my wife. it started out as another great day; my wife is starting to get into road biking and was talking about planning some longer rides.

as we were heading back home, we were coming down a hill and saw an accident scene. an rv was parked across 2 lanes of the highway and some people were directing traffic around it into a lane on the other side of the highway (the police hadn't arrived on the scene yet). i thought it was just another car accident until we rode past the rv and saw a mangled road bike with the back end ripped off it laying on the ground and one bike shoe had been flung onto the center line. a bunch of people were crouched around the rider laying on the ground. they had covered him up with a sleeping bag and were administering first aid. we stopped to make sure he was being cared for properly and offer first aid; after watching for a couple minutes, i could see that the care-givers on the scene seemed very competent and was told an ambulance had already been called. it was a horrible sight, that poor cyclist on the ground. he still had his helmet on, his face was covered in blood and he was barely conscious. there was nothing more that we could do so we decided to get out of the way and keep cycling back into town. a few minutes later, we saw a cop car screaming down the highway, a couple minutes more and a fire truck sped past us. it was almost 10 minutes later that we finally saw the ambulance racing toward the scene.

I don't know what happened, if the biker lost control and swerved into a vehicle, or if a car went onto the shoulder of the road and clipped him; could have been anything. definitely a sobering moment! it made me look back at my ride the day before and wonder what would have happened if that had been me. i spend a lot of time riding on remote roads and busy highways, usually solo, and am careful almost to the point of paranioa, but i guess it doesn't matter how careful you are sometimes. i'm sure that ambulance responded as quickly as it possibly could have, but being that far away from town, any help is a long way off.

I am very appreciative of all those motorists who stopped to help. i hope the cyclist will recover fully and ride again soon.

everyone, let's be careful out there.
re: beautiful cycling weekend ends with an accidentBikeViking
May 20, 2003 9:38 AM
For all of the bad things we see and here people doing, this is a great reminder of the GREAT things people do as well.

Truly wonderful people...
re: beautiful cycling weekend ends with an accidentCARBON110
May 20, 2003 9:59 AM
Its sobering alright. After being in an accident like that you find a funny dualism. A compelling feeling that...I'm glad to be alive....and then you feel vindictive and angry about the pain,the trauma, the life style change...its a burden. You can understand as well since we have all have reached for a cd or used a cell phone in the car. You know how many times I wanted to pick up the phone and call the woman who couldn't wait 3 frickn seconds to let me pass, why she waited for me to get in front of her before applying the gas, I know she doesnt have the answer though. Its a hard reminder that life is a contact sport, that deserve has nothing to do with anything really, arbitrary stuff happens everyday and the philosophy of Carpe Diem really is true. You wont find me complaining about trivial things like racing in the rain, gas prices or something of the like. Ask Jferraro, or Joethesurfpunk or anyone who has had more then a close call....tell me fellas dont you guys plan on riding more miles now then you did before the accident? My biggest lack of understanding is the lack of respect cylists get....x-cons get more respect then we do. My friends get heckled by 8 year olds...8 year olds!It sounds like you had a good day with maybe a little self-discovery or perhaps just a re-discovery
you have some beautiful riding around there...........abicirider
May 20, 2003 10:03 AM
Hope the rider rcovers fully Candian people seem very friendly and willing to help out. Will never forget doing Ironman Canada in 1989 and the ride up Richter pass, awesome countryside.
Be Safe Out On the Roads!!!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC