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Old 10-15-09, 12:05 PM   #1
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I finally did it!

Somewhere I commented on the fact that I knew I hadn't been racing aggressively enough because in N races I hadn't crashed even once. Well, that's no longer true.

Last night, in my 11th race, I finally managed to crash.

The course had a run-up followed by a short turn around, a quick descent back down the hill with a sharp right turn part way down the hill. On about the fifth lap, I didn't manage to get clipped in on the flat turn around and so I was trying to do that on the descent and when I got to the cones I realized I was going way too fast to make the turn. I had adjusted my brakes this week to get a little more stopping power, which had been great throughout the rest of the race, but steep descent + panic + good braking power = ? That's right, over the handlebars.

In another thread recently flargle said this:

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And yet you survived with your plumbing intact. An important lesson learned.
He was talking about landing on the family jewels while remounting (which I also managed to do last night), but the lesson definitely applies here as well, perhaps more so.

The last time I went over my handlebars was two years ago when a car made a right turn in front of me while I was riding home from work. That time (on pavement), I sprained both elbows and couldn't ride a bike for two months.

Last night when I went over the handlebars (on a grassy hill), I don't even remember it hurting and I'm not sore today anyplace I wouldn't expect to be the day after a race. So apparently, no harm done. If I hadn't somehow managed to throw my chain while flipping the bike I would have hopped right back on a kept riding. As it was, about 20 people passed me while I fiddled with the chain, but then I hopped back on and kept riding.

I've talked to people who have sustained serious injuries crashing in a race, so I know it can be done, but I figure if I can flip over the handlebars without major injury, washing out in a turn or something like that probably won't be disastrous either.

Less caution next time! Look for my post about a dramatic, painful, injury-causing, bike-damaging crash next Monday.
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Old 10-18-09, 07:34 AM   #2
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right on.

i actually had a slow motion tumble taking a turn on our makeshift cx training course, face into the mud...didn't hurt at all, but it didn't keep me from going all out again and making the turn the next lap.
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i once panicked and hit my front brakes in the middle of an intersection and went over the handle bars. somehow i wasnt hurt at all, just very embarrased.
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If you don't crash once in a while, you're not doing it right. Now, you don't want to crash all the time 'cause you can lose lots of time.

My worst crash was in practice a few weeks ago. I went down hard into a hillside on an off-camber turn. Grade 1 shoulder separation, but still racing.
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