I met a fellow Clydesdale this weekend for what we thought would be a nice ride through the countryside. It was a SAG supported ride that probably had around 100 riders. The ride was going well until a small group was going down a hill with a curve at the bottom. I happened to be at the tail end of the group. I remember looking down and seeing 36 mph somewhere on the hill. There was a girl and guy drafting off of each other that I was following, my son and my new friend's son were on the opposite side from me.
Things happened pretty quickly at this point, but I remember seeing the girl turn her bike sideways and going down. I caught a glimpse of another rider (later I found out that if was my friends son) go down as well. Screams, bikes flipping around, and tire pads squealing was all happening at the same time. The girl slid from the center of the road directly in front of me. Remember that I am 240 pounds or so. I had thoughts of sliding down go through my mind. I came to a stop thankfully with my front tire resting on her rear tire. She and I were looking directly at each other. We ended up directly in front of oncoming traffic. Thankfully, the driver was watching and saw the bikes go down.
Long story short, my friends son needed stitches, I am sure that there was a lot of road rash as jerseys and shorts were shreded from the road surface. It was a scary situation...now what were we saying about drafting around people that we dont know?