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by Mark Zalewski
December 10, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Joaquim Rodriguez makes final decision to retire, committing to a Bahrain-Merida staff role; No positive doping tests at 2016 Tour de France; Mclaren report, part two, shows Russian doping of 1,000 Athletes across 30 Sports; Wiggins will not be cited over mystery medical package; Yorkshire interested in hosting Vuelta start; Sydney’s Olympic velodrome future uncertain; Johan Museeuw Classic changes to one-day format; Lars Boom makes quiet start to cyclocross season; Volta ao Algarve announces 2017 route; Axeon Hagens Berman 2017 roster; Cycling Academy finalises roster; Laura Kenny named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year; Video reminds cyclists to always wear a helmet; Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Can a bicycle power your house?
A training ride in California took a horrible turn when a vehicle cut a corner and took out riders on a fast descent. The incident occurred last year, but a member on the team recorded it. Now that everyone has recovered he posted it online as a reminder to cyclists that helmets save lives.
The crash occurred on a training ride for the UC Merced team as they descended Twist Road, a popular route for cyclists because of the switchbacks near the bottom.
“Unfortunately, the twists that make it fun also cause blind corners and then it was just a matter of ‘wrong place wrong time,'” Ethan Fann wrote. “Fortunately for us the driver stopped and help us make the necessary calls to emergency services which were then able to get to us within a couple of minutes.”
“The first rider hit endured the majority of the injuries and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital, but was miraculously limited to a concussion and leg/knee/hand fractures which he has then since fully recovered from. His Giro Air Attack helmet (I feel the need to specifically call out the helmet brand) is what saved his life. If you look closely you can actually see the helmet disintegrate when hitting the window of the van.”
The second miracle is how he landed on top of his brother which prevented his unprotected head from hitting the asphalt. The rider on the left sustained the second greatest degree of injuries, but was still limited to an ER visit and some stitches. Myself and the other ride only sustained bruising and moderate road rash. With the help of the video police were able to determine that the van was at fault for being on our side of the road, but I still learned the lesson that I should be incredibly careful when outriding my line of sight.”
Click through to read more at Sticky Bottle.