Unfortunately, there are no pictures of this one, so you'll just have to put up with a written account....
Training at Casey fields today, some bright spark decided that just for a change he'd go around the track in the reverse direction. So as other teams rolled up, we were without option but to follow suit. Which didn't really pose any real problem, 'cos we were all going the same way, and a bit of variety never hurts.
Anyway, the northwesterly breeze was ripping across the exposed circuit, giving us a cross-tail wind down the "hill" after the top straight, becoming a cross-head wind as we took the right hander onto the back straight. This caught a couple of riders out.
The first one wasn't too severe; a primary school kid (so not going that fast) got blown wide on the exit of the corner, and once he left the road & hit the dirt there was no stopping the trike until it hit a concrete fencepost some five metres off the edge of the track. The vehicle's fairing sustained a rather bent front end, but emergency pit work (a bit of extra training there for them
) had them back out a bit later.
The other incident started out the same way. This time though, an Open Category rider was involved, so was going a lot faster. The vehicle got a vicious gust as the rider turned into the corner, which pushed him wide from the start. I was tailing him some distance back up the previous straight, and saw him disappear below road-level, so I knew he'd binned it. There is a viewing embankment at the outside of the corner. He missed the end of that, and had no hope of recovery as the ground slopes away from the edge of the track down to the aforementioned wire fence.
I wrestled my own way around the corner, and shot a glance out my side window. And jumped on the anchors pretty damn hard. The guy was on the wrong side of the fence!!!!
Fortunately, a few extra people from some of the teams were spectating at that corner, so assistance was quickly at hand. Although a small amount of blood was shed and bits of trike flew everywhere, no major damage to either vehicle or rider was sustained.