I'm possibly the first casualty of the GWABR (amongst forum readers, anyway) and I do hope the last. Yesterday, just after speaking to BV to confirm some of my details (and feeling very excited about the big ride), I set off for a 40km training ride with my friends. Today, Im wearing a a very attractive temporary cast on my left arm, and will have surgery on monday to insert a titanium plate into the radius! That's right, I've busted it. I hit the tarmac chin-first following a brief flight over the handlebars. I'd applied my brakes suddenly after thinking that I was going too fast to cope with the speed hump that appeared from the shadows, down a fairly steep road (Esplanade) in Mosman Park (WA). The brakes worked too well and the back wheel lifted, sending me over like a sack of spuds off a ute. My arm got crushed between the rest of me, the handlebars and the road!!
My first ever stack, and it's amazing how easy it happenned. However, it could've been prevented....if only....a) I was riding my own bike (not someon else's) b) I was riding a familiar route and c) riding a little slower down a slope in unknown territory...and d) if I'd realised how treacherous speed humps can be for cyclists!
The big lesson learned is to beware of the unknown. I hope everyone else can learn from my error. Those traffic calming devices are but one of many hazards for the inexperienced among us.
I may or may not be able to ride the ride (depends on how it all mends) but I'm still intending on participating.
Take care fellow riders. See you in March.
PS my chin & jaw are grazed & sore, but miraculously unbroken!