Despite my infinite wisdom, I decided to wake up early and go with my meetup group to ride our bikes up Highway 39 to Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) to Glendora Ridge Road (GRR) to Baldy Village, which was about 5000 feet of climbing over 33 miles - nothing impossible for me. After eating a delicious $2.50 cinnamon roll at the Baldy Lodge, we ascended GRR to begin about 4000 feet of descending which included mild switchbacks. We met up at the shack at the top of big GMR to wait for everyone else.
We left the shack and I was feeling super confident about leaning into the curves so I decided to ease off the brakes. Suddenly, I came across a switchback that had a bit of sand in the turning line at a bit of speed. I either could have laid down the bike and skidded to a stop, went straight over the edge, or just roll with it and hope for the best. I chose the latter.
I don't recall what happened after but I remember hitting the dirt and skidding off the road. Apparently I blacked out for five minutes. Luckily, someone's quick thinking resulted in EMS getting called to the scene - which eventually resulted in a Medevac request being sent out. I was gently torn from my bike, had my fancy prancy clothes scalpeled open, put onto a backboard with a neck brace, and placed into the ambulance. They drove for a couple of minutes until we reached an LZ for the medevac chopper and I took my first helicopter ride.
We landed at LA County USC a dozen minutes later. A resident at the end of her 12 hour shift was assigned to me (who very professional), and they xrayed and ct-ed me to find out I was perfectly fine - minus a sore left leg and some cuts and bruises as seen in the picture. The guy next to me wrapped his car around a pole and was in far worse condition. Hope you're okay dude. I was picked up and driven to my car in Duarte where I began my drive home. I pulled up to the house at 7 or 8. I looked to my kingdom, I was finally there - to sit on my throne as the prince of Bel Air.
1. Top tube is cracked on my $3000 MSRP frame =(
2. Sram Red Rear shifter is wrecked
3. Front wheel slightly out of true
4. scrapes on my face, chest, hand and hip
6. Will be known as the "crash guy" in my group.
7. However much a medevac + er visit costs these days.