was doing fine felt like i was going to finish strong then this happened. 3 miles to the finish i was riding the yellow line (yellow line rule in affect) when another rider comes up on my left outside the yellow. i place my elbows out to try and make sure i dont get pushed into a rider on my right. he comes at me with an elbow! at that point, i should have let off and let him take his position. but i kept my elbows out trying to secure my position. i mean, the guy was breaking the rules and i just didnt want to let him in. well i paid for it. he thrusted at me with his elbow followed by his bike. i pancaked and then got run over by 2 bikes.
1. scott carbon bike totaled(frame destroyed)
2. my elbows
3. my hips
4. my knee
5. my back
thankfully the pile up that happened resulted in mostly bikes getting damaged. no one was injured beyond cuts bruises.
what should i have done better? was i wrong for holding my position the way i did? cat5 so i know crashes are more prone in these races.