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  • Ryan S

    Brutal crash! Glad everyone is expected to make healthy recovery.

  • Mark Connelly

    Racing is exciting, but crashes always set reality in. Unless you are a pro, is it worth it?

    • Owlaugen

      Some people don’t feel alive unless they are sitting on a tack. Or in a pack.

    • jules

      I see far more frequent crashes by riders on Beach Rd (popular riding route in Melbourne, Australia) who clip wheels or make errors due to inexperience than I see in races. Most race organisers and participants place a high priority on safety. Dangerous riders are often made unwelcome. At the amateur “I’m back at work on Monday” level, there is no room for do-or-die behaviour in races.

      • Mark Connelly

        I know what you mean. I race too. But I see more crashes in races than in training or casual rides. In my case I have had 4 or 5 serious crashes in races and three not in races. The three crashes not in races were not caused by experienced cyclists. Once I rode over a piece of metal that hooked into my wheel and caused it to jam, another time an animal ran right in front of me, and another time a 4 year old kid on a kids bike did a left turn right in front of me. luckily since I was riding casually, the speed was low copared to racing. In racing, all the crashes were caused by someone falling in front of me, and once loose pavement. Luckily these all occured before carbon fiber, so no major damage. Cycling is risky in general if you take risks or are sloppy.

      • H.E. Pennypacker

        All the more reason to ride alone. :-) If solitude was good enough for Thoreau, it’s good enough for me.

        Or at least that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself until I’m finally no longer too fat to actually keep pace with someone else…

    • Robert Merkel

      Hell yeah.

      Racing is a risk. So is riding your bike in city traffic. So is eating bacon.

      In each case, I reckon the rewards are worth the risk. Not saying others should take the same view, but for me it’s not a difficult choice.

  • Bakers Dozen

    Wonder if the transport authorities might be called upon to provide guard railings that are above all road users’ center of gravity, not just a vehicle bumper.

  • H.E. Pennypacker

    Didn’t someone in Latoja not get so lucky a few years back and die from the fall in an identical situation? I remember thinking what an insane fluke it was at the time. And while that’s almost certainly statistically correct, the fact that this has happened twice in (relatively) quick succession is going to make for some pucker-filled rides across bridges by me for the foreseeable future. I imagine I won’t be the only one.

  • roadfurniture

    “So I was just riding along, when my fork and down tube broke. Can I get a replacement?”

  • skippy Todd

    I would think the most important thing to take away from this other than the personal reflections is that experienced race organisers should know better. Had someone died this would have been a massive story. The organiser made a mistake and yes he admitted as such but it seems very last minute to know where the finish line should and shouldn’t be. These events should be planned well in advance and safety of riders should be the number one priority.

    • DaveRides

      There is a bigger lesson to be learned about race organisation – making sure the left hand knows what the right is doing. See this part:

      “Afterward, Allec said he spoke with a race official who told him there had been miscommunication between the promoter, the UC Santa Barbara Cycling team, and USA Cycling officials, about the correct spot for the start/finish line.”

      It sounds like the USAC official was not given the right to make a go/no go call on the course. If they aren’t given that call, what on earth is the point of having a sanctioning body in the first place?

      Sadly for cycling, this isn’t limited to local/regional races like this one. It also extends to national level races, international semi-pro races (like yesterday’s stage of the Herald Sun Tour) and even the full pro HC and WT races. Forget mucking around with scheduling or regulating where riders names can appear on jerseys, introducing a role equivalent to motorsport’s Clerk of the Course is a reform the UCI should be prioritising.

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  • Allan Ershig

    “Only one crash on the bridge” – but how many crashes leading into the sprint?? I’ve always hated the ‘centerline rule’ for this reason and especially in this situation where a large field has such a fast run into the finish ~34mph going into the sprint!?


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