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Old 06-21-13, 07:43 AM   #1
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Tragedy in San Diego

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Fatal velodrome accident shocks San Diego racing community
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Old 06-21-13, 08:22 AM   #2
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wow that's too bad. just watched some youtube of velodrome racing and while the article says its safer than the streets, it looks very dangerous to me. it must be a blast though.
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wow that's too bad. just watched some youtube of velodrome racing and while the article says its safer than the streets, it looks very dangerous to me. it must be a blast though.
It's not dangerous. Don't let an isolated incident influence your opinion.

Flying in airplanes is safer than driving cars...but everyone thinks differently after a plane crashes.
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yeah I get it, statistically her kind of accident (and death) is very very rare. I was just looking at the YouTube videos of these people going really really fast. looks like a great spectator sport!
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yeah I get it, statistically her kind of accident (and death) is very very rare. I was just looking at the YouTube videos of these people going really really fast. looks like a great spectator sport!
You can find videos of all kinds of accidents. Commuting by bike, walking, swimming, baseball, basketball, football, tennis, etc...

There are FAR more accidents per event in criterium/road racing. It's just that because the events are so spread out over miles, there aren't cameras catching all of the action and mishaps.

Of all forms of competitive cycling, MTB, BMX, Road, Criterium, Cyclocross, Downhill, etc... I would imagine that Track cycling has the lowest accident rate per event.
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I would imagine that Track cycling has the lowest accident rate per event.
That's been my experience.

No brakes tends to make people a bit more circumspect about where the stick their nose and smooths things out.

What happened to Jackie could have happened on some random group ride.

Cold comfort in the face of this loss.
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