Let's do a Century
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
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Originally Posted by turtleguy54
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.