Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Bikes: 2015 Trek Emonda SLR, 2002 Litespeed Classic, 2005 Bianchi Pista, 2016 Devinci Hatchet, Some BikesDirect MTB I never ride.
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OH SHHHHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIzzle! That's where I crashed a few years ago too. I was being stupid and trying to bomb the descent for a GoPro video. I actually went around the closed gate on a Red Flag day, and I guess I got what I had coming to me (I stupidly followed some dude who said it was cool, he knew the rangers and it was fine blah blah). On the descent I tried to go even faster than my normal bomber speed and took the corner way way too fast. I know that corner well, and knew I should not have taken it so fast. You are right, it is off camber, there's a pavement change complete with bump, and divots in the pavement. Just slid out on my left side, bike was totally fine except a few scrapes on the bar tape, left shifter, and the left side of my rear QR. My left shoe, hip, shoulder, and forearm, took all the impact. I remember rolling over once and literally eating the pavement, as I tore a hole in my upper lip and scraped a good layer or two off my nose. Don't know how I didn't lose any teeth, which really was the best part of the whole thing. Flesh heals...teeth do not.
I still have the video, but I can't watch it. My GF has and cringes every time she sees the crash. I have plenty of aftermath pictures of my shoulder, hip, and face where I took the brunt of the fall. Dan's Ditch huh...yeah it's an evil corner! The right hander just before it is a beautiful semi-high speed compression turn, then this POS shows up
Last edited by cthenn; 06-29-14 at 03:33 PM.