Sofa King Fast
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: En' Why? Sea.
Bikes: 2007 Scott CR1 team-that's the only one that matters
I was not at pp so i have no idea what went down. Anyways, from my readings in cycling plus, where they did an article on group riding, they made a note of sprinting, which i assumed you might have done in an attack.
"Be aware that when you get out of the saddle, your bike automatically hurls back a few inches, which slams into the wheel of the guy behind you, and often causes a crash. When you stand on the pedals, do it smoothly and stand upright, not foward-this is a really important issue to be aware of."
-cyling plus july 06.
This could be where things may have gone bad, im not sure from my interpretation of your post, otherwise, like the others seemed to be getting at, someone may have tensed up, and overreacted to a small problem, and overcorrected, causing the collision.
Pack riding with many other less experienced riders, typical of cat5 from what i've found, is something that is quite nerve-wrecking, and i fear racing for now, for its bad enough i don't feel so sure footed myself, but i see some of the other guys, and it only makes the fear of a crash greater.
(I myself, gave the cat5 a go in floyd bennett field one tuesday and while it went off without a hitch, i saw too many fellas ahead of me making contact, bumbing and bouncing off each other after someone made a dumb mistake or noob-move, and kept me from moving up the field.
One dumb thing in particular was some moron was constently locking up his brakes on the turns, and out on the base its sandy, so hes asking to wipe out, so i kept my distance.)
Anyways, its something that comes with experience, the more you ride in packs, the more comfortable you get, with both yourself, and the others around you.
So get back out there!!!!