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one dead by 18wheeler in RAAM -velonews (nm)(12 posts)

one dead by 18wheeler in RAAM -velonews (nm)andy02
Jun 18, 2003 4:07 AM
No details yet....biknben
Jun 18, 2003 5:04 AM
Velonews isn't offering details yet. It was a Team Vail/Go Fast Team rider (name not disclosed) killed late Tuesday in NM.

Check Velonews later.

My thought go out to all the riders.
Here's the linkPaulCL
Jun 18, 2003 5:42 AM
Jun 18, 2003 6:38 AM
The race travels east, and the report said the accident occured on the shoulder of the west bound lane; the rider was hit by a westbound truck. Weird.

Our greatest fear realized.

Jun 18, 2003 6:59 AM
2:30 am no less? Makes you wonder what was going on...
Jun 18, 2003 7:07 AM
This was a relay rider, and I suspect that a rider change was taking place. I could imagine a rider pulling off to the left as the new one takes over, with several team vans around.

Jun 18, 2003 7:20 AM
as to why the chase vehicle wasn't around? Wouldn't at that time the follow vehicle be right behind the rider with lights on, the whole enchilada, etc? Seems that if a semi going fast would hit the rider, the follow vehicle and support van with another backup rider would be in the line of fire too. The circumstances, as stated in the article, were *a strange sequence of events* or something like that.

I've never done RAAM, so I just don't know, however, just been getting into it due to a possible 2004 team formation that I *might* be involved in.
my speculationDougSloan
Jun 18, 2003 7:33 AM
I've done a similar relay in the 508. What happens is that a team car must follow each rider at night. The first rider is approaching the new rider for the "hand off", and the new rider's van is on the shoulder behind him. As the first rider crosses the path of the new rider, he must pull off to the left, as the new rider's van is in the way. These hand-offs are usually very frantic, especially at night, as the teams want to minimize the speed loss each hand-off. I suspect the first rider was too far to the left and saw the truck coming, and could not go to the right, so he went for the left shoulder, and so did the truck. Just a guess.

I can imagine a couple of scenariosScot_Gore
Jun 18, 2003 7:36 AM
Like Doug said, a team transition would be the most likely. Current racer, with team car in the rear sees waiting team mate ahead ready to take their leg. Current racer pulls all the way to the other shoulder and (maybe even comes to a stop there) to allow team car to pass and drop in behind waiting team mate. Approaching 18 wheeler sees team car in opposing lane doing it's best impression of a christmas tree and moves way to the right (onto the shoulder). The driver's attention is held by the visual noise of the team car and fails to see the rider on the shoulder ahead.

Sad news to hear. My sympathies to the family and friends.

Details from VeloNewsHeron Todd
Jun 18, 2003 8:47 AM
RAAM rider killed in New Mexico

This report filed June 18, 2003

A member of the Vail-Go Fast team contesting the Race Across America was killed late Tuesday night, outside of Pie Town, New Mexico.

Thirty-year-old Brett Malin, of Vail, Colorado, had just finished riding a 30-mile stretch when he was struck and killed by an 18-wheel tractor trailer. Malin was part of a four-man team riding in shifts across the 2970-mile RAAM route.

VeloNews correspondent Steve Medcroft, who has been riding in the team's support vehicle said the team had divided duties between two shifts of two riders, who would then trade-off 30-mile rides. Malin finished his 30-mile stretch at 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday and was relieved by teammate Zach Bigham.

As is the practice in RAAM, the team's pace car had continued on, following Bigham. Malin was then to have been picked up by the team's follow vehicle. Malin apparently opted to turn around on the road to ride back to the follow vehicle instead of waiting.

According to Medcroft, Malin made the maneuver on a blind turn on the empty highway and did not hear or see the tractor-trailer approaching. The driver of the truck swerved in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid striking the rider.

Emergency personnel arrived within 15 minutes, but Malin was declared dead on the scene.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
Jun 18, 2003 8:54 AM
The RAAM (and other UMCA events) rule is that riders must ALWAYS have a follow vehicle after dark. This shows why. He should have just waited on his side of the road. Sad, because it was so completely preventable.

Wow. Thought I'd read that someone had been penalizedPseuZQ
Jun 18, 2003 9:06 AM
...the day before for that very infraction.

I'm really sad about this.