CICLI Pina wrote:I stuck with the Rabbit recovery for a little bit until a red light split which left four of us to continue on. Unfortunately around Jackson Sq (?) Doncaster we had a rider down and ambos called.
Ronda wrote:I gather she came down due to hitting of wheels but I have had this 3rd hand.
Yes, four of us were chasing the larger group in front who had pushed through a changing set of lights moments earlier
We'd all stopped because it really was red for the back of the peloton. So when the lights changed, we took off and began the chase, and Angela called out to leave her behind. I yelled back that she'd be fine to stay with us, although it did seem that we were getting strung out pretty quickly. I led up the rise where the post office and Bendigo bank is, and then I stood up to push over the hill. I had no idea that in fact Angela was right behind me, so when I felt her wheel scrape against mine a couple of times, I thought I'd run over something, or was puncturing. But then I heard yelling and looked around to see Angela already on the road. It was a rather dreadful sight, with blood on her nose and face, and lots of scrapes and cuts. As Ronda has already said, her little finger was badly damaged, and a tooth was out, but she was conscious and breathing so we called an ambulance and got her to the park bench nearby, once it was clear she was able to move. We were able to contact her husband and he came to see her into the ambulance before taking the bike home. Thanks as usual to the caring and professional ambos, and I hope that the group who stayed were of some comfort to poor Angela, who was clearly in agony waiting for some pain relief.
The final departing group had a high rate of attrition, with everyone peeling off to go home or to work.
It was a crazy recovery ride today, with an ultimately unsuccessful breakaway attempt
after the turn into Whitehorse, and then another more successful attempt after Springy 1 (why do we have breakaway attempts on a suburban group recovery ride, I ask myself). Interestingly, it was poor calls on changing lights that caused the most splits, ie front runners rolling through on amber and mid-fielders chasing them on red, and rear or trailing riders stopping. Judging from some comments I overheard, when Angela's group caught up to the group of us that had been caught at lights, she was evidently a bit worn out with the pace and the chasing. I don't know if fatigue was a factor in the accident, but it may have been.
Like many others, I was also guilty of jumping onto the back of a faster group as it broke away. I think like many others, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity for a harder ride, pushing myself a bit more...why ride slow when you can go hard...hmm, introspection required, I think. We all went out knowing it was a recovery ride today, and if a couple of people show up with different intentions, and clearly indicate their intentions to go out harder, good luck to them. But if we all decide to be heroes and ride a rabbit/hound pace on a recovery day, chaos ensues. Trying to manage red lights, changing agendas and mixed abilities without a clear idea of what the pace is meant to be is perhaps a little unsafe.
Next time I am going to decide what pace I am doing before the ride and stick to the plan