Bike Crash - Organized ride faux pas?
So today I was participating in the Octogonia ride in Lawrence Kansas and I was going down a hill that ended in a T-intersection. At the top of the hill the organizers had painted a right angle arrow illustrating the direction to take at the bottom. As I approached I saw that I was going to need some momentum to carry into the hill I faced after the turn.
What they failed to mention was the LARGE area of gravel located in the middle of the turn. By the time I noticed it, I was leaning into it and went down hard. I spent the better part of the afternoon in the ER getting some x-rays (nothing broken) and 8 stitches in my arm to close up the hole left after sliding on the chip seal road. While I was ascertaining my injuries to myself and my bike, another rider came down the hill and had the same result. During the time we were both getting cleaned up we had to warn numerous other folks so they did not suffer the same fate.
I'm not saying the organizers are responsible for my accident, but rather that they should have had the foresight to either label the large section of loose gravel, or better yet, have swept it up when they drove the course to mark it.