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    Slow'n'Aero DrWJODonnell's Avatar
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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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    Get well soon! Hope you have some pain meds...and some good cycling videos.

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    Glad your alright
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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.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrWJODonnell
    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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    Yeesh.... graphic story. Glad to hear you're OK though. Hope you're back up and running soon.
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    Ahhh man!!! Hope you recover quick, and hope the bike isn't too broken!
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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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    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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    Oh man you really got it good on that one

    Hope you have a quick recovery...

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    "Perhaps" done for the season?

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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