Can that actually happen?! Apparently, the answer is "yes". I'm posting this instead of a race report.
I was doing a Half Iron race (I know, tris are gay, but don't judge....if I swam slower and biked faster, I'd be a cyclist). Because of my age started 22 minutes back from the first wave. Although I passed a few hundred people in the swim (I think I had the 2nd fastest swim out of 1000), there were still a bunch of people on the bike course before me. About 12 miles in, the majority of people were going in the 18-20 mph range, while I was doing about 26 (slight tailwind here.....I was averaging a bit slower than 24 up until this point...remember that I still had to run 13 miles, so I can't go above AeT on the bike). It was on an open course and the sag wagon was in front me going the speed of most of the rest of the racers. I checked to make sure there was no oncoming traffic, and made a wide pass on the left. Halfway through, the car turned left off the road. I went all the way out into the gravel to avoid getting hit, but he STILL didn't see me and I ended up smashing into the front fender and flipping face-first into the ground. Honestly, the guy had to have the IQ of a baked potato. For God's sake, he was part of the damn bike race and didn't think to look around for bikes! Broken nose....eight stitches....etc, etc. Oh, and my $6k tri bike was totaled, along with my glasses, $300 shoes, and $240 helmet. To add insult to injury, this was the last race I needed for my pro card.....and based on my swim and the first 30 min of my bike I was feeling REALLY good that day.
Here are a few of my favorite pics: