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Old 05-24-03, 07:01 PM   #1
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Team Time Trial goes horribly wrong

Well it had to happen to our team of mismatched renegade first year riders, didnt it!

We were doing our sunday morning 16km TTT and was about 5.5km in. I was 4th in line and my mate was last in 5th. We were slowly moving over to go around a car, and were doing about 40km+, and I felt my mate Michael overlap his wheel against my rear one. Then I hear him swear after that and BOOM! he went straight through the rear windscreen of a Honda Civic. He's cut up pretty bad and he cut a vein.......he's needing surgery from a microsurgeon. I'll let you all know what the story is later..... I need to go out for a laxing ride....jsut to chill.

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I'm sorry to hear that. I hope he is all right.
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His bike seems untouched....apart from the STI being pushed round. It'll be rite...... he seemed quite worried about it!

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I can relate, when crashed bad last year in a race, one of the first things I asked about was my bike. Let him know we're pulling for him.

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Dang- sorry about that. It sounds horrible.

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Ouch! That sounds terrible. Hope he's OK.
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Today was complete *****....

2am the cops were crawling over the street with sniffer dogs and all, looking for 5 lowlifes who were hiding in our driveway! One of them even challenged the cops to a one on one, but ran when they came for him..... fast buga too. All died down about 3:30am.

up at 5am
Out the door at 6:15am

Started TTT at 7:48am
5.5km into TTT: (as above)I was 4th in line and my mate was last in 5th. We were slowly moving over to go around a car, and were doing about 40km+, and I felt my mate Michael overlap his wheel against my rear one. Then I hear him swear after that and BOOM! he went straight through the rear windscreen of a Honda Civic.

He cut all the way into a vein, and gashes everywhere, was nasty. Fortunatly one of the country's best Paramedics was jogging by on the footpath and rushed to Mike and grabbed his arm to stop the bleeding almost as he fell out of the back of the car....was pretty quick! Ambulance rung, etc etc

Went to Hospital with his mum, and when we were told he was being shifted to another hospital with a microsurgeon for some surgery. This is 12o clock midday.

As of 8:24pm have not heard if he has had surgery, but text message about 5:30 said he was waiting still.

Thats not all that happened today though. I went for the ride I said I would. Stopped to pump up tyres a little bit, and the valve blew apart as I took the pump off...damnit had to change the tube.

Going down the road, car turns right across in front of me (equiv to left across in front, for u americans). Speed is about 45kmh.

Get to bike store, give them my pump to look at (was using my brothers) and they say its faulty and needs a new valve. No pump for 10 working days because it's being sent away under warranty.

Riding home, car clips my handlebars as I spin up steep long hill. No damage to bike, didnt knock me off course because he hit with wing mirror and bent it back by the sound it made I mighta left a mark.....he deserves it.

Riding along road nearly home, nearly take out jogger cause I have sunstrike and hes running on the road NEXT TO the footpath! grrrr

Riding up last big hill (too many hills round here, Auckland is built on over 50 volcanic cones, and other volcanic/geographic bits) and all over the road is what smells like what belongs in the bottom of those Portaloo things. yuck!

Genral rant! GLASS EVERYHWERE!!! I AM GOING TO TAKE A FEW DAYS OFF RIDING APART FROM MY COMMUTE!!!! ARGH!!! I have just about had my limits blown.

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bad luck sometime comes in three's, just relax and cool it a bit maybe you'll have a nicer day tomorrow
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... I felt my mate Michael overlap his wheel against my rear one. Then I hear him swear after that and BOOM! he went straight through the rear windscreen of a Honda Civic. He's cut up pretty bad and he cut a vein.......he's needing surgery from a microsurgeon.
God bless his heart...

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Old 05-25-03, 10:25 PM   #13
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The latest. They have tied off the vein that he cut, apparently he got to see it spurt before they did it....lol. Tomorrow he undergoes skin grafts, and looks like he'll be out on Thursday. Poor bastard.....he's still concerned about his bike though! I'm going to get it checked out for him (frame, forks) and I'll service it for him, ready for when he gets back on!

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Old 05-26-03, 04:55 AM   #14
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Well, it sounds like he is going to be okay! Good to hear it.
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Sounds like if it wasn't for bad luck, you wouldn't have any luck at all! I hope things have turned for the better!
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Skin grafts not needed, he has a cast one for 10 days, will be home tomorrow (wed)

Thanks all, will post pictures of "the mummy" with his bandages when I get them

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Old 05-27-03, 10:48 AM   #17
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That's great to hear. How long before he gets back on the bike?
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Old 05-27-03, 02:05 PM   #18
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ASAP he reckons - going to loan him our wind trainer. Gonna get bike checked for cracks etc first and get a service.

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Old 05-27-03, 02:40 PM   #19
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He really should get it serviced, may as well take in the bike now, you have no idea what components could have been rattled etc by the fall.
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I realise that this is 20-20 vision in hindsight, but the lead rider is responsible to give a flick of the left wrist to point out an obstruction, which in this situation (TTT) should be relayed through the line. Just a tip for next time. Hope your mate is going to be alright.

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I think the main thing is that he lost concentration for a lil bit and got too close and overlapped his wheel with mine.

He has inspected the bike closer than I did and it seems that the forks are bent and something is up with the headset.

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