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Take that, Joseba!(3 posts)

Take that, Joseba!feathers mcgraw
Jul 20, 2003 11:52 AM
I was heading out on a training ride and was on a descent when a big SUV going the other way hung a left directly into my path. I locked up my rear wheel and went into a skid leaning left, but I wasn't going left fast enough. Even if I could swerve fast enough I would've been sent into oncoming traffic. I immediately pictured Beloki, except if my wheel grabbed and I high sided I would have slammed into the right side of the SUV. Luckily the idiot sped up just enough so that I could release the brakes. I still thought I was going to crash, but my rear wheel snapped in under me and I just barely made it around the back of the SUV.

Damage assessment: big bald spot on the rear tire, wheel pulled way out of true. My cell phone needed charging this morning, so I had some extra space in my pockets. I grabbed a multi tool I hadn't been carrying for a while. What dumb luck. I trued up the wheel and rode home with my heart in my throat.

I'm still amazed I managed to save it. I wish I could credit my extraordinary bike handling, but it was just reactions and luck. There's always a moment when I accept the fact that I'm going to crash, and start to prepare for the consequences. Then when it doesn't happen it's just the best feeling. The other cool thing is how many things can go through your mind in a split second. I actually had the image of Beloki's crash in my mind in the middle of everything happening.
re: Take that, Joseba!rideamountain
Jul 20, 2003 7:23 PM
Great save! It sounds like that despite the gravity of your situation, you remaind as calm as one could and kept your bike under control. You did well...although I am sure that your shorts needed a good laundering when you got home ;)

RIDE
re: Take that, Joseba!feathers mcgraw
Jul 20, 2003 7:33 PM
I'd say it was more dumb luck than a great save, though I'm grateful all the same. Coming off a nasty crash from a blowout just six weeks ago, I'm spooked for sure.