|I dragged my privates 35 mph on pavement today!||the bull|
May 24, 2003 12:40 PM
|Pretty bad wreck in cat 4 race in Cary road race this morning.Most every one in front of pack went down. Worst I have ever seen! I went over the bars and landed on my chest and slid on knees and my crotch heated up like a inferno.Boy am I lucky! Many people were seriously hurt.There were only 200 meters to go and they were opening up both lanes of highway for us to use.It looked as if a group ride or another group of racers were getting overlapped in front of us while we were sprinting up to the line.This caused confusion but my focus was more or less on people sliding and bikes going everywhere.
I must say, going over the bars in slow motion like I did is pretty awesome.When I got up to look around it was like the scene from Saving Private Ryan when they were on the beach Except It was more like Shaving Tommys privates! Instead of walking around looking for my arm, I was looking for my bike!
I always feel bad looking at my bikes damage while people are lying in the road in pain.Then there is always some guy "hey look at my fork!", trying to show it to some guy with his broken collar bone.I guess it is a good way to deal with shock.
|the bull = Wile E. Coyote???||Akirasho|
May 24, 2003 1:36 PM
|Damn, but that hurt just reading about it!
Sorry to hear about your woes... and understand what ya mean... most often we cope by checking on the bike first... before the shock wears off and we find the spoke driven through the calf...
Stay safe... heal well... ride balls out, errraaaah, up.
Be the bike.
|glad you're OK||bianchi boy|
May 24, 2003 2:13 PM
|That is one reason why I don't race. The other reason being that I would finish DFL.|
|I am amazed at how well my body held up!||the bull|
May 24, 2003 2:26 PM
|If I had a bike I would race in the crit tomarrow.
Tried to see if my wife would let me buy a Trek 5200 as a standby but got shot down real quick!
"Go ride your mountian bike!"
|Alright -after waking up this moring!||the bull|
May 25, 2003 5:23 AM
|Not so amazed (still thankful)but my neck mucles are tight and back is sore.I dont think I could race today.Glad I did not brake my jaw.My dad went over the bars once and broke his jaw.Trust me you dont ever want to brake your jaw!|
|Keep the rubber down! Now that you've got that out of the way,||Spunout|
May 24, 2003 3:12 PM
|go out there and kick a$$!
I've been down already this year, two juniors smacked the pavement on a straight right in front of me. I stop, those behind me (using Shimano brakes) pile up all over my back. No more mercy! Next crash I'm riding over/through.
The odds are for us now, rest of the season we're safe.
|Keep the rubber down! Now that you've got that out of the way,||hammer_cycle|
May 24, 2003 3:59 PM
"The odds are with us. The rest of the season we are safe"
That reminds me of a quote:
"There are only 2 types of cyclists: those who have crashed and those who are going to crash"
|3 kinds actually||comedy-tragedy|
May 26, 2003 11:21 AM
|Those who have, those who will, and those who will again......|
|I know I am the third! nm||the bull|
May 26, 2003 1:43 PM
|are you now known as "the steer"? (nm)||rufus|
May 24, 2003 3:36 PM
|So, how is the bike .. how much damage? nm||12x23|
May 24, 2003 4:52 PM
|Lets see!||the bull|
May 24, 2003 7:46 PM
|Start with the top.
Cracked helmet pneumo (brand new)
Scratched lens on Rudy Projects
Jersey slight rubbed off chest
Scrached brake levers(Record 10 brand new)
Scuffed up non drive side carbon Record 10 crank(new)
Scratched up Dura-ace pedals (new)
Possible fork damage(ouzo pro new)
Head tube tweeked and small dent on downtube of old (2000)Litespeed Team Issue.
Taco Kysrium ssc sl (brand new as well)
Scraped up side wall to point of trash on brand new Michelin Pro race.
Need to true rear wheel
Of course Ripped Bar tape
Amazingly the carbon surfaces of fork ,crank ,and levers all came clean almost like new.
Looks like paint off a red bike on right and a blue on left.
there most be a white bike some where in there too!
Going to replace wheel and keep close eye on everything elese!Fork looks okay!
|I misread your post||mickey-mac|
May 24, 2003 5:23 PM
|I thought you said you dragged your privates 35 miles on pavement today. Now that would be something to talk about. I'm glad you fared relatively well.|
|You're thinking of the Great '30s Chinese Cyclist "Hung Lo"...||Akirasho|
May 24, 2003 7:01 PM
|... I had to type that...
Be the bike.
|re: I dragged my privates 35 mph on pavement today!||Immarocker|
May 25, 2003 10:31 AM
Sorry to hear about the fall. It is never a good glad you didn't get injured. Glad the 'boyz' are OK too!
I still remember totalling my Banana Yellow Fuji Special Racer S-12S back in 1979. Wow! T-boned by a car coming out of a blind driveway during a road race. Crash, up and over the hood, with the bike still clipped to my feet and when I landed it was flatfooted with the bar still in my hand and the bike looking like a pretzel. But I digress, glad you are OK. Best Rocco
|I saw that once...||Matno|
May 25, 2003 7:04 PM
|When I was a kid, my dad was in the Navy in the Philippines and we came across an American serviceman who had been in a motorbike accident. He was wearing nothing but jeans, and a Jeepnie driver (like a big cab) had clipped him coming around a corner and severed his foot. The foot was hanging by the skin on one side of his ankle, but the thing I remember most was that his bits and pieces were, um...in bits and pieces. Hanging out, shredded, and covered in blood! We put him in our van and drove for 3 hours to the military hospital (the nearest medical care of any type) and I stared at his body the whole way. Pretty traumatic for a kid in kindergarten! Amazingly, the guy made an almost complete recovery with only minimal limitation of use of his ankle. Moral of the story? Don't drive drunk (he was so blasted he hardly realized he was injured).
Bull, dude, sorry about the bike. Sounds like you had some NICE new parts that are now blemished! I guess that's what can happen in a race. Yet another reason for me to stick to racing myself! (The primary reason being that I'm dang slow).
|Nice to read your philosophical reaction, but..||wielerpret|
May 26, 2003 1:27 AM
|...on a dry(?) wide road things like that should never happen... Some sprinters I have noticed just don't care whether they knock the competition from their track, (or 'line'; what's the proper expression?). Also, they tend to 'close the door' by suddenly moving to block a rider coming up from behind. Only the most skillful in the pro peloton can stay upright, like Baldato just managed to do when he was hindered by McEwan last week in the Giro. No wonder the latter was disqualified.
What happened to the culprit(s) in the case of your accident, or was it simply a chain breaking or some similar material failure? A slipping rear wheel is also a valid excuse, of course.
Irresponsible riders on the other hand should pay for damages to begin with, and barred from racing if they relapse. I don't think that ignorance or inexperience can be excuses in races like that.
I don't consider your hundreds of dollars of damage and possible consequences for offspring to be lucky just because things could have been worse. Things can always be worse! Your story sounds a bit too gleeful to me.
My unsponsored bike is far too precious to risk, too expensive to insure, and I'd be shattered and totally pissed off if anything should happen to it.
Get well soon and give'em hell!
Cheers. Luke. Amsterdam.
|try racing motorcycles! 35 mph & 17lbs vs 135 mph & 350+lbs.NM||stik__boy|
May 26, 2003 5:14 AM