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Old 04-05-08, 05:24 PM
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Flew off a bridge.

Just like the title says... I went head over bars, right over a bridge and landed 12-15 ft. below in a rockbed on my head. My helmet is crunched/flattened and I have some road rash, but i feel like I just got hit by a car. This is my 3rd crash in a month, and none of them have been my fault. Awesome.

It was collegiate b's fwiw.

edit: only serious damage to the bike was a totally f'ed front wheel. Now I have to scrounge for some change and by a new one.
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Old 04-05-08, 05:28 PM
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How does that happen? That sounds like a really scary crash. Hope you feel better, and find a new front wheel.
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Old 04-05-08, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Frunkin View Post
How does that happen? That sounds like a really scary crash. Hope you feel better, and find a new front wheel.
It's hard to explain, it was a rural road and it was a little bridge that ran over this creek bed. the only thing between the road and the edge was a sharp curb maybe 5 inches high. the road thinned right next to it, and right as that happened I got pushed over and my handlebar snagged on some guy's knee. This pushed me into the curb and sent me hurdling into the air, off the bridge. The follow vehicle said he's didn't think I would be able to walk away from it. I guess my helmet took the brunt of the fall.
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Old 04-05-08, 05:39 PM
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Wow... THAT SUCKS!!!

Thankfully you're doing well and will hopefully be fine after this crash. Get the full checkup though, especially since you took a hard fall on your head. A lot of neurological injury starts to show itself a few days after the injury, so just check it out to be safe!

I'm getting more and more iffy about these collegiate races. So many bad things just seem to keep happening...
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Old 04-05-08, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Wow... THAT SUCKS!!!

Thankfully you're doing well and will hopefully be fine after this crash. Get the full checkup though, especially since you took a hard fall on your head. A lot of neurological injury starts to show itself a few days after the injury, so just check it out to be safe!

I'm getting more and more iffy about these collegiate races. So many bad things just seem to keep happening...
Don't be. Imho, the collegiate races have been a blast. They seem safer to me because there are less people. There are way sketchier riders in the 5/4's. But seeing as how I have been wrecked in the only two I have done...
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Old 04-05-08, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by fuhrermatt View Post
Don't be. Imho, the collegiate races have been a blast. They seem safer to me because there are less people. There are way sketchier riders in the 5/4's. But seeing as how I have been wrecked in the only two I have done...
wtf 4/5s are sketchier than collegiate? i've crashed 2/6 collegiate races...

im quitting

crazy crash though, but at least now you have a story to tell at a date?
did you hit up the ER?
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Man!?! You're getting check out right? Please don't come back telling us your vision is blurry or something. I hope you can get a wheel and new helmet.
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Old 04-05-08, 06:18 PM
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please see a doctor. just because.
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How do you fall off a bridge, 12-15 feet below, on your head....and not snap your neck like a twig?

Not to sound insensitive, but that would've been a cool video.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Wow... THAT SUCKS!!!

Thankfully you're doing well and will hopefully be fine after this crash.
Get the full checkup though, especially since you took a hard fall on your head. A lot of neurological injury starts to show itself a few days after the injury, so just check it out to be safe!

I'm getting more and more iffy about these collegiate races. So many bad things just seem to keep happening...
+1 - absolutely get checked out. Glad you're ok though, mate...it sounds like it could have been a lot worse.
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Old 04-05-08, 07:25 PM
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Holy crap. Your crash > mine.

Go to the doctor.
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Old 04-05-08, 07:29 PM
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Yeah.... I heard the crash behind me. People said the moto guy thought you were probably dead when he saw it. Lots of calls about EMS and stuff, and then you walk away from it almost unscathed.

PS... Thank you for not dying.
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Man, sorry for your crash, but elated that you can post at all!

If you find parts, I'll rebuild your wheel for you, and loan you one in the mean time (32h Dura-Ace hub/Open Pro). Not much of an offer, but it's something. It's likely that the spokes are fine if you can find a rim with the same ERD and spoke count. What was the wheel?
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Old 04-05-08, 07:58 PM
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^^Nice sharing of the BF love.

OP -- glad to hear you are somewhat ok. Getting checked out would be a great idea, particularly if you have a headache or feel woozy at all.
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^^Nice sharing of the BF love.

OP -- glad to hear you are somewhat ok. Getting checked out would be a great idea, particularly if you have a headache or feel woozy at all.
Just get checked up period.
Trust me, you don't want this to have any effect on you and it's likely that it can. Get a cognitive test done if the neurologist recommends it too. You don't want this to affect you for the rest of your life if it can be helped.

Looks like WR is being the man and hooking you up with a wheel for the time being. Sweet deal! Get checked up and get out here again!
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Old 04-05-08, 09:18 PM
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Around here there's water in the river beds. I was thinking big splash. Not crunchy rocks.

Glad to hear you're okay. Head injuries are no fun, go get checked out. You have a free or close to free school place to go? Nausea, head aches, dizziness... you can look the symptoms up but you should get familiar with them. I think one of the symptoms is denial of all other symptoms (at least that's what ended up happening with me - "My head is fine! I don't wanna go in the ambulance!"). Also check out your neck, a long time family friend doctor made me come straight to the hospital when I complained I had a sore neck from a fender bender.

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Old 04-05-08, 09:24 PM
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Wow. Sounds scary - glad you are OK.
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"... landed 12-15 ft. below in a rockbed on my head."

wow. count your lucky stars.
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Jesus H. Christ.
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That almost broke my neck just reading your post.
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Dude, get a scan.

Head injuries funny like that, the effects could show up days later.
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yeah, i had a skiing accident along those lines and didnt know i had a fracture in my face until a few days later when they scanned me to be safe.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Wow... THAT SUCKS!!!

Thankfully you're doing well and will hopefully be fine after this crash. Get the full checkup though, especially since you took a hard fall on your head. A lot of neurological injury starts to show itself a few days after the injury, so just check it out to be safe!

I'm getting more and more iffy about these collegiate races. So many bad things just seem to keep happening...
us young guys are stupid and invincible. besides, if you get rid of the collegiate races, people will just fly off bridges in the regular cats. i dont know about you, but i think a small race where people fly off a bridge is better than people flying their bikes in a big race.
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Originally Posted by fuhrermatt View Post
This is my 3rd crash in a month, and none of them have been my fault. Awesome.
1) glad you are alive.

2) wasn't there, so I have no idea if you could have avoided this.

That said however, either you have terrible luck, or perhaps you need to work on avoiding crashes, i.e. looking further up the road, sizing up which riders and which situations to avoid, better positioning in the pack, etc.

Again glad you're compatively ok.
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Originally Posted by Idioteque View Post
wtf 4/5s are sketchier than collegiate? i've crashed 2/6 collegiate races...

im quitting

crazy crash though, but at least now you have a story to tell at a date?
did you hit up the ER?
I hope I don't sound like a jerk, but crashing in a collegiate race has something to do with you as well as the other riders. Yeah, I got taken out by a guy in one race. I was mad as hell. But you know what? Even though it was mostly his fault, better handling skills would have kept me out of trouble. I (stupidly) tried to move to the outside to go around him, since I couldn't cut a tighter line. Didn't think of the fact that we were on a curve, meaning I put myself on a nice interception course rather than holding my line and staying to the inside of him.

Don't make the mistake of assuming that every kid in your collegiate races is a bad bike handler except for you. We ALL suck. Some worse than others (I'm not bad, but I have no illusions of being the safest rider there). If you've crashed more than once (or even just once), there's probably more you could be doing to keep safe. And the only way you will find yourself crashing less is to race MORE and learn how to deal with the presence of sketchy riders. Switching to USAC road races is not going to magically stop you from crashing.

To the OP: boy does that suck. It's lucky that you haven't been serious injured. I wonder if that part of the course is really unsafe, or did you just hit the jackpot? Anyway, good luck with the wheel and feeling better. Time for a new helmet, huh?

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