Went out yesterday afternoon planning to do some intervals; instead, I was rewarded with pain and suffering of a new sort, with my first crash of any significance.
To get out to anything worth calling a hill in the area you have to descend a small set of switchbacks that cut through a local park. The road is a little beat, but generally it's a safe, fun bit you can look forward to on your ride. Speed limit is 10mph, cars generally obey it, and drivers on the whole are OK around cyclists in the Seattle area.
I had just started descending and was coming into the first turn when a motorcyclist thought it would be a good idea to *** it past the car he was following. I (stupidly) grabbed brakes to avoid crashing into him and locked up the rear, performing a probably-cool-to-onlookers powerslide before ending up on my side. Motorcyclist kept going, oblivious
After a few moments on the road trying to work out what happened, I picked myself up and rode back to uni
Total damage to bike and kit: Left brifter topcap/indicator window popped off in the crash. Team jersey side panel shredded, bibshorts going to need some stitching.
Damage to person: Plenty o'road rash along my left side, some nice abrasions on my hip, and some great cuts on my left arm, including this
Follow-up appointment tomorrow afternoon to check the swelling and wound around the elbow, but outside of that I should be back on the bike as soon as I sort out the front shifting, having learned to turn your elbow in towards your body when you crash.
P.S: Anyone know how to get blood out of mesh?