So my girlfriend and I go to watch the Cat 4/5 race earlier tonight at the Smith Barney Classic race in Spartanburg, SC.
At the beginning of the second lap, about 30 yards past the start line on the straight away, a guy clips his handlebar on the guardrail and goes over the handlebars hard, right in front of my girlfriend and I. Unfortunately for him, his helmet straps were not on tightly, and his helmet rode up on his forehead when he face planted on the asphalt. He ended up splitting his forhead open from his eyebrow to his hairline, and it spread open a few inches wide. It was nasty, and his skull was in plain view.
He was tended to quickly to stop the bleeding, and went off to the hospital. Hopefully it was no worse than some bad stitching and a concussion. My girlfriend has always wanted to see a crash happen....she definitely never wants to again.
In total, about 15 guys went down, with a few others going to the hospital for X-rays on collarbones, etc. They got the guy with the head wound off the road in a couple of minutes and they had a restart. It was pretty scary for a minute, and I have to admit, it freaked a lot of people out. We left and came back a few hours later for the pro race, and everyone was asking us about it. Definitely the worst crash I had ever seen first hand.
Tighten your chin straps - the details make the difference!