It seems odd that you fell down to the left, because you were making a right turn. Unless your front wheel got hit at such an angle where your bars went left?
Seems like the rider that hit the OP was anticipating a tighter turn by the OP (I've seen this and experienced this before...fortunately no crashes resulted since I allowed for more room or corrected with enough time).
Not trying to be a jerk, it's just that it looks like you weren't as aware of what was going on as well, or at least prepared to react if it did happen, especially after that first guy went flying across your front wheel.
Also I would take offense with the phrase "purely out of negligence". You can definitely say that the guy was too close to you. It's not right to give the reason the guy turned too close, you just don't know.
Basically to me it looks like a normal race situation that resulted in one surprised rider hitting the deck. I'm sorry that you hit the deck but you haven't convinced me that the other guy was entirely at fault or malicious etc.
On the other hand I've had very sly, very experienced riders do similar moves to me. Although they seemed sort of clueless when it happened the amount of lateral movement and some of their body language indicated to me that they did it intentionally. Plus the fact that they've been actively racing for 30+ seasons, some at Olympic levels, means they know how to pretend to be clueless. I usually let them have the spot, but I file away the incident so that I'm not surprised if they pull something like that again. When I see them do it to other people then I figure I should watch out for those moves when it gets more dicey.
One of the things that prompted the clinic petition is that there are some extremely strong riders that can get up to Cat 3 or Cat 2 without learning the appropriate bike handling skills for those categories. In fact I'd consider myself an adequate Cat 2 bike handler - Cat 3s is fine, Cat 2s I back off in certain situations or I leave subtle openings that I don't realize are there until someone pops through it.
Sitting in the top 5 for most of any race requires incredible strength, no matter what you read here on BF or wherever (some of the guys posting here are phenoms and simply don't represent the regular people racing bikes). Therefore you have incredible fitness and strength and at some level you have some good talent. Hell, I wish I had a better FTP but it just isn't happening. If I'm near the front of a race (5th-10th wheel) for more than a couple minutes I'm totally cooked. Use your strength and talent to help learn race craft so that you feel comfortable following wheels instead of letting them go, so that you automatically protect the side where some guy just blasted by you (because others will follow), etc. Then when you've upgraded into the categories where pure strength doesn't give you anything (because everyone is really strong) you'll have your race craft in reserve.
what category is this?
I'd agree that someone that moves over hard enough to make contact into another racer without paying attention is being careless or negligent.
CDR, the guy is clearly very strong, he was moving at 30mph on what seemed to be a pretty flat surface and putting out a lot of power. Not sure why he wasn't drafting off of someone because that level of pace is unsustainable. I'm not a fan of being boxed in and I'm sure the OP feels the same way, but it's nice to have people around you moving in the same lines, and keeping a steady position may be easier for some in that situation.
Crashing sucks. Hope you get it sorted and healed up quickly.
What cat were you racing in?
I cant tell from the video what happened, so I'm not going to try to diagnose, but I think it's worthwhile to do a self analysis whenever something goes wrong in an effort to improve. What could you have done differently, there's usually something, so use it as a learning opportunity, and focus on improvement. Good luck on your recovery and getting back out there.
No pictures of wounds but pictures of what to get. Easy to care for, straightforward, quick healing time.
Sprinter della Casa: How To - Road Rash Care
If you have scabs then it's a bit late but if your wounds are still wet then Tegaderm is great. Get what you need locally then get a big box from Amazon. It's about $4-5 per 4"x4-3/4" sheet at the local store, it's $30 for a box of 50 of those same sheets. I have Tegaderm in reserve, in the 11 yard long roll, just in case. Well worth it if anyone I know hits the deck.
Anyway, this crash has reinvigorated me to train harder and race smarter. I greatly appreciate the advice in these forums, and I guess I just needed to vent a little.
Tough call. As always, I'll preface this with a I'm still very new to racing and riding in general really. With that, it seemed to be a collective lack of awareness and prepardness. It looked like there was a good amount of space wherein if you were bumped you had room to recover. Not assigning blame on any individual, but one thing we're told here locally just before the whistle blow is "protect yourself and your bars at all times". I figure it is racing and I need to be prepared for the unexpected and be able to respond accordingly to keep myself upright. I keep a video on hand anytime I think my bike handling skills are "adequate" that I'll watch to remind myself that I have a loooong way to go with skills and comfort. There is quite a bit of contact, line changes, shuffling, etc.
The video was all one needed to see to know it was a 4/5 race (gaps between riders, positions on bikes, etc).
This crash was operator error.
And a hard way to learn the craft.
The other rider may have been taking a bad line, but this situation is pretty normal and no big deal as you go up the categories.
Heal up and get your club to work those drills.
Also it makes sense to mark the others around you in the standings. Playing around in the field wouldn't make sense for this particular race.
Overall you sound fine - no head injury, no broken bones, so you're not going to lose much fitness per se. Your bike, okay, frame and some parts get written off, but when you get back on a bike no one can take away your power/talent.
You also show a level of self awareness etc that I think is commendable. A lot of riders would have been extremely defensive but you took the feedback in stride, at least from what I can see.
If you learn the race craft part pretty quickly I figure we'll be reading about you next year in Velonews. Work on the close quarters stuff a bit, mix it up intentionally, and you'll be good.