Did the training race in Alachua today for my first race of the season. Road the B race (4's and 5's). Large pack about 75 riders. Starting the 4th lap, the pack comes out of the last turn rolling along at a good clip,, up a little incline,and just the dynamics of the race are such that the pack slows way down, and a narrow line becomes 5-6 wide across the road. At this point a couple of guys overlap wheels, bunch of people slam on brakes,and 5 guys stack it up right in front of me. I have absolutely no where to go, with the 5 basically forming a semi circle around me. So I t bone the 2 on the ground in front of me, and roll over them, (as in handle over spout)
Fortunately I pop up basically unijured except for some busted knuckes and rejoin the race. Amazing thing is my new bike does not have a single scratch. Put me at the back of the pack and never really threatend after that, but had a good training ride and finished witht the pack.
A few observations:
1) it was really nice day, end of Janury and low 70's, got a good workout so I really can't complain.
2) it helps to practice falling. I tucked and rolled, kept my hands on the bars, and escaped with a couple of busted knuckles and a scrape on my forearm. Had I stuck my hand out, very likely a broken collar bone.
3) I'm frigging lucky. Not a scratch on the new bike. Actually as I'm rolling over the pile of bikes, I'm thinking oh **** my new bike. I'm still clipped to one pedal, and I extend my leg to make sure none of the others coming into the pile behind me run over my bike.
Not only the bike, but I almost always wear a rather expensive watch. Its waterproof and I just never take it off. This morning I just forgot to put it on. Based on the scrape on my forearm very good chance the watch would have taken the brunt.
4) this is why you should always wear gloves.