Happened to my good riding buddy on a group ride today just in front of me. He has years of riding experience and at a very high and agressive level----However he crossed wheels with the fellow in front of him and went down really hard. He hit the left side of his helment/head really hard on the asphalt and cracked his helment.
Fortunately there doesn't appear to be any broken bones but he had several scrapes on the back of his hand and shin. He even tore a big hole in his jersey right behind the back of his neck-I can't figure how in the heck that happened. He didn't slide as much as he bounced which helped to reduce the number of scrapes. Fortunately it was a cool morning so he had on long fingered gloves, knee warmers, arm warmers, etc. There were many holes in all his clothing but there wasn't nearly as many scrapes as there could have been.
The bike appears okay-just moved the shifters-but no damage to the wheels, carbon bars or titanium frame.
He was really stunned right after he crashed. I urged him to catch a ride in a sag vehicle back to the start but he was just determined to keep riding. I made him follow me and I cut the route short -but it was still about 20 miles.
His left hip starting getting pretty sore when we got back and he got off the bike.
Several times as we were riding back he'd ask me "What happened back there? I don't remember a thing......." Gee whiz....He really hit his head hard!!!
No telling what I'd be writing if he wasn't wearing a helment.
Update at 7:30 pm Saturday-I just talked to him again and he assures me he is fine now. His wife is there with him and will keep an eye on him. Oh man, he could hardly remember riding after the crash to get back in. All he remembers is just thinking he needed to stay on my wheel......He says he has a pretty large contusion on his leg as well.