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Old 03-11-04, 05:28 PM   #1
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Anyone planning on going to this race?
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Cyclingnews.com is covering this race. Gord Fraser won today's stage.
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I raced Master 45+. Crashed on the first lap when some guy bumped the person to my right causing my front wheel to touch the rear wheel of a rider coming up on my left. Five riders went down, including me. I decided to finish the race anyway. Bike was OK. I've got road rash, a deep cut on my left elbow, a sore shoulder, and need a new pair of team shorts. No broken bones, though. Our team got 2nd place.

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I raced Master 45+. Crashed on the first lap when some guy bumped the person to my right causing my front wheel to touch the rear wheel of a rider coming up on my left. Five riders went down, including me. I decided to finish the race anyway. Bike was OK. I've got road rash, a deep cut on my left elbow, a sore shoulder, and need a new pair of team shorts. No broken bones, though. Our team got 2nd place.

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No criticism here, cause every situation is different, but we used to practise coming off a wheel in a situation like this. When your front wheel comes in contact with a rear wheel the instinctive response is to try to get off it. Try using the rear wheel of the other rider to "lean" your front wheel onto and hold you upright till you get your equilibrium, then come off the wheel balanced. Sometime it happens so fast this isn't possible, but it does work. Practice with another rider in the grass. Our club used to do these together in a grassy field before our club rides. We'd also practise leaning on another rider in corners, holding another rider up who was leaning on us, and three riders riding through posts wide enough for two. Tunes you up for the real thing. And remember, it's ok to put your hands on the other rider's body or even bars in a situation like that. When you see yourself going into another bike or another bike coming into you, put your hand on him and hold your distance.

The practise really paid off one morning when I was splitting lanes with my motorcycle on the Ventura Freeway and a car pulled over on me. Instead of trying to steer off it, I steered into it to stay upright, then came off it when I got balanced. May have saved my life.

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You know, I've touched rear wheels before and have been able to control the bike without going down by leaning into the other guy's wheel. I think the problem was getting bumped by the rider on my right and then immediately hitting the guy to my left. If we had been side by side (the guy on my left, that is), it probably would have been OK. But because my front wheel overlapped his rear one I couldn't keep it upright.

Unfortunately for me, there is a bumping clinic this afternoon but I'm not sure I want to practice in my current physical condition.

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