Wood Dale: I upgraded to Cat 4 and had my first cat 4 race and big crash. I was feeling great during the race and was in the last lap. I started moving up on the outside as the group surged. I was going over 30mph and within the front 10 when someone on the inside of turn 2 lost it. Not sure what started it but the chain reaction caused 8 riders to go down. I was on the outside and thought I had made it past when one last rider clipped my back wheel knocking the tire off the rim. It also sent the back end of my bike sideways. I tried to correct and, not sure how it happened, but the front tire rolled off the rim and lodged in my brakes (that's they way I found the bike). I went over the handle bars and landed on my head and then onto my back. I remember someone asking me if I was ok and if they should call an ambulance. I said I did not need an ambulance. What I did not know was that I was out for about a minute. Later the person that helped me told me so and suggested I get checked out.
I just got back from the hospital.....nothing broke and CAT scan negative. I have abrasions from my upper-back down to the middle of my ass, left arm, leg and hip. My lower back is all brusied BUT, no broken bones. My helmet is cracked down the middle and I'll need a new kit. My bike...I was told...flew about 15 feet and landed in the grass taking a soft landing. It looks good and was given a preliminary check for damage. I need to get a carbon frame check to be sure.
THANK GOODNESS I'M FINALLY GOT OUT OF THE DANGEROUS CAT 5s!!!!
PSI...Sorry I did stop and talk, my Dad (85) was there and was a bit shook-up. I was letting him know I was ok and answering all his questions.