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Old 08-06-06, 06:56 AM   #1
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Perhaps done for the season :(

Wow. What a race! I think the cat 3/4 field filled up and so it was a big group with some strong riders. WV was represented by 4 riders including myself. After a few attacks it was obvious that nothing was going to stick, so I got the bright idea of having a leadout train for our designated sprinter, John. I like being up front or in breaks because accidents never happen there.

Well, last lap and 4 WV riders move to the front. I am doing a lot of pulling trying to keep the pace up so that we could pull off the leadout. There was an attack, but I was not going to react to it as I knew that there was not likely to be anyone there who could beat me in a TT, especially with backup, and so I let it go. Things were picking up speed and a couple guys actually moved to the frotn to share some work. As I got to the front again, something happened. I am still trying to piece it all together.

I know that someone cut across in front of me and took out my front wheel hard, not just an accidental brush. I remember falling and flipping several times. I believe it was at this point I was struck in the back by a bike but I am not sure. I knew that when I finally stopped flipping and sliding, I was still in the road with a 35mph peloton bearing down on me (ok, so they probable were breaking to slow for the crash, but I wasn't taking that chance). I jumped off of the road into the weeds and just lay there so that I could assess what had happened.

I knew I had hit my head but did not get knocked out. I was worried obviously about my neck but nothing seems to be wrong. I could not breath well and so thought likley I had broken some ribs. I also after a short assessment realized that my right collarbone was cracked. There were three WV riders above me checking on me and making sure I was ok. There were also riders from other teams. I want to thank them all for their support and concern. I owe you all!!!

Final assessment, is 3-5 broken ribs, and a cleanly broken right collarbone. I still don't know how the bike is other than a broken fork. Giro Atmos suffered four large cracks and numerous scrapes. I don't know if it saved my life, but it is certainly possible as I remember hitting my head and it was not anything I would like to do without a helmet. Jersey and bibs are trashed and I have lots of scrapes. Unfortunately, there is nothing to do for any of these, so I am walking (gingerly) around with broken bones everywhere. Hopefully the collarbone will not require surgery.

Thanks again to everyone for the support. I plan to be back on the bike if I can be in about two weeks and maybe even be ready for a september race or two, assuming no surgery. If anyone knows who cut me off, I would really appreciate knowing who it was, not for revenge, but to certainly give them a stern talking to about safety. If anyone can help me piece this together, let me know what happened, who else may have been hurt, etc., I would certainly appreciate it. Best of luck everyone, stay strong, stay safe.
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Old 08-06-06, 07:05 AM   #2
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Get well soon! Hope you have some pain meds...and some good cycling videos.
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Old 08-06-06, 07:09 AM   #3
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Old 08-06-06, 08:13 AM   #4
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You made it to the PP race? My alarm clock was a bit slow. By the time I am about to head out, it was actually 15 minutes passed 6. I have about 15 minutes to ge to the park. I did but it was too late. The 3/4 was already at the line and reg line was closed. The past months the 4s field broke a lot of park records in the terms of the pace speed. 2 races ago, average speed was 27 mph for 31 miles. Last week with a bit of wind it was 26 mph. With the 3s and a lot of strong 4s yesterday, the speed was again in the 27 mph. According to my team mates' accounts, also from experience, there is a bottleneck right at the end of the slop. At the Ocean parkway entrance. The road would just become narrower and a slight bend wth a "speed bump." Messy road repair. At this part of the course, speed can usually go up to 40 mph with a motivated pack. What happened??? There were a lot of bumping around right at the bend at high speed. Once that happened, riders would literally bounce to right and left. The rest is history. Heal well soon.

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Wow. What a race! I think the cat 3/4 field filled up and so it was a big group with some strong riders. WV was represented by 4 riders including myself. After a few attacks it was obvious that nothing was going to stick, so I got the bright idea of having a leadout train for our designated sprinter, John. I like being up front or in breaks because accidents never happen there.

Well, last lap and 4 WV riders move to the front. I am doing a lot of pulling trying to keep the pace up so that we could pull off the leadout. There was an attack, but I was not going to react to it as I knew that there was not likely to be anyone there who could beat me in a TT, especially with backup, and so I let it go. Things were picking up speed and a couple guys actually moved to the frotn to share some work. As I got to the front again, something happened. I am still trying to piece it all together.

I know that someone cut across in front of me and took out my front wheel hard, not just an accidental brush. I remember falling and flipping several times. I believe it was at this point I was struck in the back by a bike but I am not sure. I knew that when I finally stopped flipping and sliding, I was still in the road with a 35mph peloton bearing down on me (ok, so they probable were breaking to slow for the crash, but I wasn't taking that chance). I jumped off of the road into the weeds and just lay there so that I could assess what had happened.

I knew I had hit my head but did not get knocked out. I was worried obviously about my neck but nothing seems to be wrong. I could not breath well and so thought likley I had broken some ribs. I also after a short assessment realized that my right collarbone was cracked. There were three WV riders above me checking on me and making sure I was ok. There were also riders from other teams. I want to thank them all for their support and concern. I owe you all!!!

Final assessment, is 3-5 broken ribs, and a cleanly broken right collarbone. I still don't know how the bike is other than a broken fork. Giro Atmos suffered four large cracks and numerous scrapes. I don't know if it saved my life, but it is certainly possible as I remember hitting my head and it was not anything I would like to do without a helmet. Jersey and bibs are trashed and I have lots of scrapes. Unfortunately, there is nothing to do for any of these, so I am walking (gingerly) around with broken bones everywhere. Hopefully the collarbone will not require surgery.

Thanks again to everyone for the support. I plan to be back on the bike if I can be in about two weeks and maybe even be ready for a september race or two, assuming no surgery. If anyone knows who cut me off, I would really appreciate knowing who it was, not for revenge, but to certainly give them a stern talking to about safety. If anyone can help me piece this together, let me know what happened, who else may have been hurt, etc., I would certainly appreciate it. Best of luck everyone, stay strong, stay safe.
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Old 08-06-06, 08:14 AM   #5
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Yeesh.... graphic story. Glad to hear you're OK though. Hope you're back up and running soon.
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Old 08-06-06, 10:38 AM   #6
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Ahhh man!!! Hope you recover quick, and hope the bike isn't too broken!
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Old 08-06-06, 10:47 AM   #7
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Ouch man, I'm sorry to hear about that...the infamous collar bone injury rears its ugly head
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Old 08-06-06, 10:56 AM   #8
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sorry to hear it, doc. hopefully you'll be out turning 29+ mph time trials before the end of the season

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Old 08-07-06, 06:37 AM   #9
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Oh man you really got it good on that one

Hope you have a quick recovery...
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Old 08-07-06, 08:16 AM   #10
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"Perhaps" done for the season?

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Old 08-07-06, 10:52 AM   #11
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heal up well doc. i hope you can someday have a 'chat' with the guy who took you out like this.
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Old 08-13-06, 12:00 PM   #12
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As an update, I was back on the road today on my tt bike. Kept everything below 80% and just wanted to get a feel for whether or not I can breathe. The good thing is that I can ride. Unfortunatley, I still cannot reach down and get a waterbottle without sitting up. Hopefully I will be able to do some long LT intervals and maybe get into a race or two before the season is out. Thinking of Green mountain with Broken ribs. Fun. Thanks for th support out there.
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Old 08-13-06, 12:28 PM   #13
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Sorry to hear man...wish you a speedy recovery...

What race was this btw...?

And where in NJ do you live?

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Old 08-14-06, 12:35 PM   #14
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The race was Prospect Park. I live in Warren county, near the PA border 1/2 way between 78 and 80.
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Old 08-14-06, 12:37 PM   #15
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Hi Doc,

Bummer. Ouch. Carp.

Glad to hear you didn't break any big/serious bones and just have to deal with annoying pain. Sorry that this is going to put the kebosh on the rest of the season, I guess you don't have much racing past September, one of my teammates made it back from similar injuries in 6 weeks.

Anyway, hang in there.
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