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    Flying dismount race report

    Chuck Pontius Crit (Cat 4) in Santa Clarita, CA. Half way through, a few riders went down and the pack split just in time for me to hit the brakes and prepare for impact. While I grazed off someone's rear wheel, I clipped out and skated on my cleats for a few feet. Meanwhile, the downed rider is shouting "That's it! I'm not racing anymore!" (I'm sure he'll be back in a week or two). I went back to my bike and checked it out. The rear wheel had shifted in the dropouts. Fixed it, got my free lap, and was back in the race. I'm pretty proud of myself for handling that as well as I did. I'm not proud of myself for going off the back just before 5 to go. I need to get stronger if I'm going to hang.

    Anybody know what exactly caused that crash?
    Last edited by urbanknight; 04-27-08 at 07:04 PM.

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    Good reactions! Glad you skated out of it

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    "Anybody know what exactly caused that crash?"

    yes, it was either:

    a moment of inattention
    or
    an error in judgement

    same as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    "Anybody know what exactly caused that crash?"

    yes, it was either:

    a moment of inattention
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    an error in judgement

    same as always.
    Thank you captain obvious.

    The course had a center divider coming out of turn 1, so I guessed if there was trouble, it would be there. The crash happened shortly after that, seemingly after we were clear of the turn, which makes me wonder what happened (specifically). Crashes on straights aren't that common. I'm sure it was a lack of inattention, but most likely someone did something to set it off.

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    Sorry to derail your thread. Happen to know when they're posting the results?
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    Hi urbanknight,

    Sounds like a very nice save. What was the temp up there -- 110 degrees.

    It hit 98 in Long Beach.
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    It was right about 90 that afternoon in Santa Clarita. A gentle breeze helped a little, too.

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    Awesome. I skated out of part of a ~40 mile crash in a crit earlier this year. It was pretty cool. It was actually a prime lap and according to a photog I was in front of everyone for a moment while skidding, wish he had a picture of it.
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    ^ Yeah I was secretly hoping my teammate's son had gotten a picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
    Chuck Pontius Crit (Cat 4) in Santa Clarita, CA. Half way through, a few riders went down and the pack split just in time for me to hit the brakes and prepare for impact. While I grazed off someone's rear wheel, I clipped out and skated on my cleats for a few feet. Meanwhile, the downed rider is shouting "That's it! I'm not racing anymore!" (I'm sure he'll be back in a week or two). I went back to my bike and checked it out. The rear wheel had shifted in the dropouts. Fixed it, got my free lap, and was back in the race. I'm pretty proud of myself for handling that as well as I did. I'm not proud of myself for going off the back just before 5 to go. I need to get stronger if I'm going to hang.

    Anybody know what exactly caused that crash?
    Not sure exactly what caused it. Someone later said that someone didn't hold their line and came out wide into someone else. I ended up running into the [Helen's] guy that was on the ground after I nearly managed to avoid him, and flopped on top of him at about 1mph. Apparently he went down in the Torrance crit last week, so I can understand why he would be upset. I rode around with 3 other guys and we used a free lap and got back in. I think I've asked you before, but what is your bike & kit? I'll look for you in my wife's pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
    The course had a center divider coming out of turn 1, so I guessed if there was trouble, it would be there. The crash happened shortly after that, seemingly after we were clear of the turn, which makes me wonder what happened (specifically). Crashes on straights aren't that common. I'm sure it was a lack of inattention, but most likely someone did something to set it off.
    I saw someone pushed to the curb on that turn on the prior lap--there were words exchanged but they appeared to have kissed and made up during the remainder of the lap (I could hear them yapping). I had a bad feeling coming into that turn again and then bam, riders parting, guy on the ground. As far as crashes on straights not being common, I dunno, almost all the crashes I've been near have been on straights.

    Anyway, I found a pic of your bike in the socal bike gallery, and was able to match it up with the rider looking through our pics. Here you go





    More pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    "Anybody know what exactly caused that crash?"

    yes, it was either:

    a moment of inattention
    or
    an error in judgement

    same as always.
    you forgot:
    mechanical failure
    act of nature
    cat ate my homework

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    Warming up



    Big field


    Broken bike


    Love the expression on his face


    Me again


    And again


    My teammate got second at punchbowl yesterday


    Sprint


    Working for it


    But not enough

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    Great pics.
    "you can never get too low when you're so damn high, on the blessed hellride"

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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    Not sure exactly what caused it. Someone later said that someone didn't hold their line and came out wide into someone else. I ended up running into the [Helen's] guy that was on the ground after I nearly managed to avoid him, and flopped on top of him at about 1mph. Apparently he went down in the Torrance crit last week, so I can understand why he would be upset. I rode around with 3 other guys and we used a free lap and got back in. I think I've asked you before, but what is your bike & kit? I'll look for you in my wife's pictures.
    Yeah that makes it understandable. If it makes him feel any better, my teammate went down at Torrance bad enough to be out for at least a couple of months. Glad you came out of it ok as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    Anyway, I found a pic of your bike in the socal bike gallery, and was able to match it up with the rider looking through our pics. Here you go

    Finally, a "you suffering in a race" pic of me. Thanks!

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    Sequence starts here

    This looks like the start of the crash. Watch the guy in black/white/light blue


    This appears to be shortly after. You can see a leg and wheel starting to go sideways near the middle of the picture.


    And he hits the ground


    Ouch


    Enter me from picture left (white & black Platinum kit)


    Nowhere to go


    And there's UrbanKnight right behind me


    Sorry, you're in my way


    Group hug... nice dismount Urb
    Last edited by umd; 04-28-08 at 04:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post

    Sorry, you're in my way


    Group hug... nice dismount Urb
    Fling dismount is right! It took me awhile to get it.

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    Heh, thanks. Maybe I should try gymnastics. But wow, so it was you who I crashed into. I just remember a white jersey getting closer and closer, and locking my brakes up as I didn't see an escape. I hope I wasn't the reason you fell over onto him.

    Oh, and was I the only one marveling at all the skinny skid marks the next lap around?

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