I raced a few cross events last season and had my share of spills. I've managed to topple on my road bike a few times as well, almost always a slow speeds and in really embarrassing ways. Like on the very first ride I did with clip pedals. I started in too low of a gear, got no forward momentum going up hill while managing to hook the back of my chamois on the nose of my seat almost pulling my bike shorts off while falling over next to a school bus filled with kids coming home from school.
Yeah that was a good one.
Anyway, nothing really to write home about crash wise until this weekend. A number of us PV folks decided to go out and race at Krugers to get prepped for cross season with a bit of Kermesse action. The course was fast and hard. Hard as in pee blood and liquefy your organs hard. I managed to survive a bunch of warm up laps only to flat my rear tire during the hole shot. Joy. A "quick change" (fail) of rear tire only put me a good 2 minutes off the back of the pack and far out of contention, so I decided after some convincing from my teammates to get back out and do the work and get the practice in.
So for 4 laps I rode by myself, trying to remember the lines I took that were good and avoid the ones that made me question why got back on the bike after my mechanical. I managed to catch a few folks after a bit and I felt like I was turning decent lap times. I used the laps as more of a mental check list of things I needed to do to my Veloforma CX1 before the season kicked into high gear... shorter stem, re-wrap handle bars, tighten down left shifter assembly, lower seat.. *BAM* .. remove seat from colon... check out some new brakes..
I eventually was passed by the trio of leaders from the B's who started about a minute ahead of us, just before I finished lap 4. I traveled through the S/F to begin lap 5 and lined myself up cut the apex of the first right turn.
Some accidents happen in slow motion, others happen so quick you don't know what hit you. One moment you are riding along, and the next the bike is out from under you and you are trying to carve a trench in the ground with your chin.
I laid face ground in the dirt and did a system reboot. Legs.. check.. hands.. check.. teeth.. check.. didn't hear any cracks on impact.. face hurts a lot but I can move. Off in the distance I hear "dude, you need to get out of the way, there are racers coming." I'm dimly aware of the comment, and some part of my brain wants to tell him that the racers should be able to see a prone guy on the ground in pain and go around him, but I do my best to push myself up on my hands and knees.
Blood is running down on the rocks and dirt below me. The guy who called out the warning is now off going to get the medic. Another nice gal who saw me wipe out has come to the corner and picked up my bike. She grimaces when she sees me. I take off my helmet and my glasses, neither of which end up being damaged. The nice gal and I walk back up course towards the medic who's on her way towards us.
I get to know Bonnie pretty well over the next few minutes, even if I forget her name the first time she tells me. (I'm horrible with names to start with.) She goes over the standard questions to check for concussions and I'm able to answer them all. I see Traci heading towards me with a "what did you do to yourself" look on her face. Bonnie informs me I'm going to need some stitches on my chin, and probably should get a tetanus shot as well. The other PV boys come by and check in on me before they head over to the start of their race. They make fun of my face. Bonnie finishes cleaning me up, puts some steri-strips on the wound, and finally wraps some cling bandage around my head to hold it in place.
It's the next hot thing in headwear don't you think?
The remainder of the day was spent waiting at the ER to get the stitches and tetanus shot rather than drinking beer with the team. Oh well. The team did very well taking home a trio of category wins. Grats to Paul (Mstr C), Ron (Mstr A), and Kristin (Women's B).
Pain on the Peak is coming along well. Everyone is pulling some serious hours to get this thing rolling for the OBRA CX community, so come out and enjoy what's going to be an amazing event. Luciano Bailey will be the VOICE OF PAIN for the event. :)
Pre-registration is open for those who want to save a few bucks. The updated web site will be online shortly once the code has been pushed. We've also got a number of announcements coming over the next few days. Starting off with a bang, KEEN Footware has ponied up a free pair of shoes for all category winners, plus five additional pairs to raffle off at the end of the day. That's twenty pairs of shoes in all! How cool is that?