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Old 04-23-12, 08:08 PM   #1
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Shunt, revisited.

Allow me to get self indulgent...had an opportunity today to revisit the spot where I hit the deck a few weeks ago (or, in the best British lexicon, where I had "a bit of a shunt"):



Pumping the 50/11 down the hill before things went really bad. Found the lump in the road that caused it...one of those tree root type pop ups that you really don't see till you hit it, especially in pouring rain. I remember heading for the trees thinking "Oh man...this is going to be bad". Corrected it enough to have it pointed more or less down the road before I went off into the dirt.

A flight over the bars, a mid-air flip, and several rolls later I came to a stop at about (what I now realize) was a few feet from a steel pole topped with a "No Parking" sign. Just up from where I exited the road was it's twin. Looking at this now I realize how much worse it could have been...tiny shoulder, road furniture, high speed.

Pretty nasty.

Pretty lucky, if you believe in that sort of thing.

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Old 04-23-12, 08:09 PM   #2
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well you seem to have recovered nicely. cheers.
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Old 04-23-12, 08:12 PM   #3
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Good on you for staring it down.

I remember how it felt when I returned to the course where I had a horrible accident decades ago. You will have a great race here in the future. It closes the book.
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That is nasty. Awesome that you were able to go back and do the forensics work to come out with a cause and analysis. I'm glad it wasn't any worse for you. That shoulder edge could have farked you up a bit more too. Yuck.

My big concussion left my training partners behind combing the road for any shred of why I would have gone down, and the only explanation turned out to be wildlife. No evidence of any other causes.
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Good job on the recovery!
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That's a helluva bike lane you have there to the right of white line. I'll never complain about rumble strips again.
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Just say no to shunt.
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Yikes Ex, glad it wasn't worse.
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Glad to see you are healing up well. Tough to go by the scene of such an accident. Went by my wife's wreck site again yesterday.
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Allow me to get self indulgent...had an opportunity today to revisit the spot where I hit the deck a few weeks ago (or, in the best British lexicon, where I had "a bit of a shunt"):



Pumping the 50/11 down the hill before things went really bad. Found the lump in the road that caused it...one of those tree root type pop ups that you really don't see till you hit it, especially in pouring rain. I remember heading for the trees thinking "Oh man...this is going to be bad". Corrected it enough to have it pointed more or less down the road before I went off into the dirt.

A flight over the bars, a mid-air flip, and several rolls later I came to a stop at about (what I now realize) was a feet from a steel pole topped with a "No Parking" sign. Just up from where I exited the road was it's twin. Looking at this now I realize how much worse it could have been...tiny shoulder, road furniture, high speed.

Pretty nasty.

Pretty lucky, if you believe in that sort of thing.
Let's do a "sandwich" analysis

The good: your back is well enough to allow you to ride a TT bike

The bad: you are riding the tri version of the said bike. The UCI is so gonna get you, but at least you can get away quick with that fairing

The good: you were able to stare it down.

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All jest aside, good to see the progress of recovery. I personally wouldn't want to race at the place where i crashed.

PS. Are you riding tubulars?
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Old 04-24-12, 05:31 AM   #11
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Fairing? I thought that was a bento box.
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I thought it was the battery for the electric motor.
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Glad you are better.
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