coyote wrote:gplama wrote:I'm alive. Same cant be said about:
- My left clavicle (broken to even up my right one)
- My left elbow - opened it up and used it as a shovel to scoop up LOTS of dirt. 9 cool looking blue stitches holding that in place.
- My helmet, gloves, shoes... and.... the most pain....
- The terminal ding in the Scott CR1 top tube - RIP my road bike frame
I'll post up a full race report later in the week, I had a really good race up to that point. The quick run down of the actual stack:
We had a break of 5 guys over the top of Tawonga, the rest of the 90+ bunch were shattered and not even in sight. One guy takes off and claims the KOM - we let him go. Four of us crest and start bombing down. I sit 4th wheel... 2kms down into a sweeping right, I was close to third wheel's wheel, then "car up", fark, oncoming! He swings wide across my path and I had nowhere to go, it was either into the car, into the guy ahead, or see if I could save it on the outside. I lost the the rear and high sided into the ditch at 60km/h! Lesson to learn? Don't follow so closely I guess... but thats racing, to be up the front, and to push for a place, risks have to be taken. Most times they pay off, this one didn't.
Actually I think the real lesson here is not to cross the white line.
I have ridden that piece of road many many times, and passed you on the day, and glad your Ok, But from what you have described here your risk did actually pay off, as luckily your still around to tell the story. If you hadn't crashed your should have been fined and/or disqualified for crossing the line." Stupid risks aren't necessary in quest to win $50.
I don't recall him saying they were over the double white lines....As a commissaire, i can assure you, if they were & it was seen, then they would have copped a fine...I wouldn't have thought there was any point in disqualifying him, when he's lying on the road with busted bones & a busted bike ......On a sweeping righ hander as described, there is nothing illegal about being as close to the centre line as possible.....yes, he's lucky to be alive, but I don't believe the risk they took was any more or less than would be taken by 1000's of racers every week...wrong place/wrong time is what it comes down to