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Old 04-27-08, 06:52 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 04-27-08, 07:39 PM   #2
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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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"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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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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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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"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
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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.
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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.

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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

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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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