We had a pretty strong group of about 12 riders, 20 miles into a 35 mile ride. We had done 2 climbs with one more to go. We were looking to get in somewhere around a 20.5-21.0 mph average. Then, coming around a left hand bend with me sitting 2nd wheel, we met a motorcyle heading the other way. Even though we were in our lane and he was in his, he panics, hits his brakes, goes down and then mowes right through our group.
The guy on the front had no chance. We were doing 24-25 mph and I'm guessing the sliding motorcycle hit him dead in his front wheel doing about 35+. His front wheel taco'd and it sheared off both fork blades. He flipped over and landed hard on his left shoulder. He was transported to the ER.
I went left and grabbed as much brake as I had. I somehow manged to stay up, only taking a glancing blow to my rear wheel as the back of the motorcyle went spinning by. My team mate, Stan, was right on my wheel and I have no idea how he didn't hit me or the motorcycle. He must have done something spectacular.
The motorcycle spun on through the group taking out 2 more riders. One of them, another team mate John, took a pretty good shot to the head, cracking his helmet. He stayed awake but seemed a little dazed. They took him in to the ER also. John's bike was destroyed.
The other rider that went down just had minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Also the motorcycle rider was beat up pretty good and was taken in to the ER.
Looks like everyone will recover, but it's still a bummer. I think my hands are still a little shakey. Until the very moment when the motorcycle got past me, I though there was no way I wasn't going down. Hopefully the guy had insurance so these guys can a least get their medical bills paid and their bikes replaced.
Well thats all, no real point to the post, just try and be as careful as you can out there.