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Old 08-25-06, 04:27 PM   #1
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Bad, Bad crash at Time Trials-Prayers Needed

Prayers are needed for Warren Cole. We had our last Time Trial at Lowes Motor Speedway Wednesday night. Three riders went down in a single incident.

One is in intensive care with a broken clavicle, shoulder and brain hemorraging. See the link below for a picture of Warren and other details. I instantly recognize him as I check in all the riders.

I started my TT right after the crash and came by just as EMT's were attending the crumpled mass of people and bikes.......needless to say I didn't feel terribly motivated to do a hard ride....

One of the other riders was treated and released and the third was treated at the track for abrasions.

We set another record for the most number of participants at the event-ever.

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Some more info from our website:

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Old 08-25-06, 04:36 PM   #2
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Hope he fully recovers. Keep us posted.
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My prayers are with Warren.
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Wow, that is tough-I bet especially for the family. I will be thinking of him as a ride tomorrow and pray that he recovers. I have a question though. Why were three riders that close together in a TT?
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Prayer have been said for Warren.
Hope he recovers fully.
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Please accept my wishes for a full and speedy recovery for Warren.
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What a disaster. May God grant him a full recovery. I will be praying for him.
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Wow, that is tough-I bet especially for the family. I will be thinking of him as a ride tomorrow and pray that he recovers. I have a question though. Why were three riders that close together in a TT?
We're still trying to piece together exactly what happened. From what we understand initially, one of the other riders ahead of Warren hit something on the track and/or either veered off the pavement into the grass, came back on the track and went down. Warren was on a fized gear bike and was seen going over the handlebars and landing on his head. For safety reasons, Fixed Gear bikes are supposed to have brakes for our TT's so that's something we need to follow-up on.

We ride at the edge of the pavement going counter clockwise around the track for safety reasons. All passing is done on the right.

While we have a no drafting rule, riders can stay behind another rider for no more than 15 secs. Riders are supposed to stay at least 3 bike lengths behind another rider. We have officials spaced around the track monitoring riders.

Just doing some quick math at 28 mph, that's covering 40+ feet a second. So even if these guys were a few lengths back, it does not provide very much reaction time. If you're looking down instead of looking ahead (pretty common if you're deep into your ride in a TT position and straining really hard) it makes the reaction time even worse.

The bleeding has now stopped in Warren's cranium so it sounds like he may be moved out of ICU soon. That's encouraging.
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I hope he makes a full recovery. Leaving the ICU still breathing is always a positive thing.
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Seems to be a trend lately. Two of the groups I have ridden with had crashes in the last two weeks. In one there was a wheel touch and two riders went down. Nothing too serious but road rash and stratched bikes. Last week a rider in another group ride hit a bad spot in the pavement blew a tire and took 5 riders down. That rider had a broken clavicle and skull fracture the rest were pretty banged up but no broken bones It only takes a second for bad things to happen and you have to watch your front wheel constantly in group rides. I don't race but it seems that everytime I go to Crit there is at least one crash. Hope everyone recovers.
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I got three goatshead thorns in my front tire today? Any prayers for me?
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Jeez! Cyclingtom.
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