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Old 02-16-13, 04:58 PM
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Sad Day on the Mountain Today

Was descending from the Junction on South Gate this morning around 11am when all traffic was stopped at the pay gate. Road was close due to an emergency and helicopter activity. A rider went down and, according to the ranger, apparently died.
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Old 02-16-13, 05:02 PM
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Very sad. Condolences to family and friends.
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Old 02-16-13, 11:35 PM
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Ohmygosh, haven't heard anything about this.
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Old 02-17-13, 12:27 AM
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Haven't heard anything about this; distressed.
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Old 02-17-13, 01:29 AM
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Very sad to hear. My condolences to family and friends.
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Old 02-17-13, 05:52 PM
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Old 02-17-13, 06:27 PM
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Yikes. Very sad.

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Old 02-18-13, 01:38 AM
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Very sad indeed.
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Old 02-18-13, 11:11 AM
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MyLilPony and I have been scouring the news sites for info about this and haven't found a thing. Is there any published info out there?
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Old 02-18-13, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
MyLilPony and I have been scouring the news sites for info about this and haven't found a thing. Is there any published info out there?
Have not seen anything in the news either.
I don't know the details. It happened when I was climbing between the pay gate and the Junction. When I arrived at the kiosk on my return back down I asked what was happening and was told by cyclists there was a serious accident involving a rider. I then heard the ranger tell an helicopter was on site and overheard a rider who claimed he had witnessed the crash when he was climbing. No further details aside from waiting for a good half an hour.
When the ranger got the instructions to reopen the road after leaving the upcoming traffic pass first (lots of bikes and a couple dozen cars) he had a somber look and told us "apparently he passed away, be careful up there".
I saw a couple ranger trucks moving away for their parked spots along the road but didn't see any damaged car. The only vehicle left along the road was a Camaro with its owner in a squatting position between his car and the ridge and gazing at the view. Was he involved in the crash, or in the rescue efforts? I have no clue.
The accident location seemed to be the last sharp curve 1/2 mile below the pay gate.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
MyLilPony and I have been scouring the news sites for info about this and haven't found a thing. Is there any published info out there?
Same here. Was hoping that maybe the lack of reportage means that perhaps the story had a different outcome....?
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Same here. Was hoping that maybe the lack of reportage means that perhaps the story had a different outcome....?

I sure hope so. Sad
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Originally Posted by gpelpel View Post
...The accident location seemed to be the last sharp curve 1/2 mile below the pay gate.
Ugh...we all know that corner...Some better than others.

One time while ascending SG a car passed me on that corner, in the wrong lane, during the blind curve section! I couldn't believe it. Thanks to the cycling gods no one was descending at that particular spot.

Pedaling hard, I somehow caught up to the car as it entered Rock City. I explained to the driver what he had done and what the ramifications could have been. Hopefully it sunk in.

We've all seen this behavior on the mountain with drivers. Be careful on those turns boys and girls.

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Yes I am amazed at some of the drivers taking incredible risks to pass a bike in blind corners on Diablo--surprised there is not more accidents--I think those drivers have no idea or clueless to the incredible dangers!

When a driver pass through the pay gate a little slip should be given to each driver to warn them of the grave danger of cutting through blind corners!

When coming down and I see a cyclist coming up clearing a blind corner I am expecting the worst with a car passing in my lane--so scary!
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Yes I am amazed at some of the drivers taking incredible risks to pass a bike in blind corners on Diablo--surprised there is not more accidents--I think those drivers have no idea or clueless to the incredible dangers!

When a driver pass through the pay gate a little slip should be given to each driver to warn them of the grave danger of cutting through blind corners!

When coming down and I see a cyclist coming up clearing a blind corner I am expecting the worst with a car passing in my lane--so scary!
Never under estimate what a combination of idiocy and entitlement attitude can accomplish.
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Originally Posted by VNA View Post
Yes I am amazed at some of the drivers taking incredible risks to pass a bike in blind corners on Diablo--surprised there is not more accidents--I think those drivers have no idea or clueless to the incredible dangers!

When a driver pass through the pay gate a little slip should be given to each driver to warn them of the grave danger of cutting through blind corners!

When coming down and I see a cyclist coming up clearing a blind corner I am expecting the worst with a car passing in my lane--so scary!
Something about the way you typed this forced a visceral reaction, my gut wrenched and my skin got all goose pimpley.

Do we know the result?
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
Never under estimate what a combination of idiocy and entitlement attitude can accomplish.
Isn't this most of what happens in America nowadays?
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