Today was base milage training, my usual 30 mile ride to a little bagel shop in downtown Riverside, California from my school. It is relativly flat and great to have a nice areobic morning ride or to hammer if you please. Today I was doing about 21 MPH after I got warm and I was feeling great.
About 28 miles in I pased the bike shop which symbolizes the last 3 miles of my ride. I decided to lay the hammer down and go for it all the way to my car... I never made it.
I was cruising down Hole Ave approximatly 26 MPH in the drops when all the sudden I see a car swerve from the far lane cutting off two cars to make a right. Well the car swerved right in front of me and decided to stop and not make the turn. I was going so fast that I had no where to go. I was between the car and the 6 inch curb, the car had actually pined me in. Luckly he did not push me into the curb or bad things would have happened. Being 6'6" my handlebars were in perfect line with his mirror. I hit the guys mirror at over 24 MPH, hit so hard that it snapped the mirror and trim off the base and sent it flying about 20 feet in front of the car. I on instint leaned in, landing on the hood of the car, still clipped into the bike. Of course that put a huge dent in the guys hood. I got up looked at the driver who was shocked and yelled something like wtf are you doing.
I recieved almost no physical injury, a cut above my knee on my calf, some small cuts on my lower left leg and a nasty bruise from where the handle bar hit my left leg after twisting. I right away noticed that my front wheel was serverly out of true and the shifter had been pushed to the right from the impact, the little chrome cap and broken in 3 peices. I got on my cell phone and called 911, the police and EMS came and checked me out. I had pain in my left wrist where it got pinned between the handlebar and the car along with a little pain above my knee. EMS cleared me a police took a report. I rode 300 feet back to the LBS where they fixed the bike no charge.
I really hate drivers who are total iodits. I was doing everything right, riding in the bike lane, stopping for controlled intersections, etc. The driver was just being impacient and of course I took the beating for it. The police found the driver at fault. I lost my favorite pair of bib shorts, PI ultrasensor 2005 bibs and the little chrome cap on the shifter. They guy did not want to pay for the shorts though...
I guess this is what happens when people are iodits and can not follow the rules of the road. At the LBS they wanted to know when I needed the bike back... typical cyclist answer... ASAP... I do not want to miss my ride tonight!