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2013-09-29 4:28 PM

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Subject: My first century and I crashed!

It was a charity ride/race right in my part of town. Had lots of friends and teammates doing it. I was with the lead group...only 7 of us off the front when I went down at mile 93. One guy slowed suddenly, my teammate in front swerved a little and I hit his wheel...for a split second I thought I was going to be able to stay up then I was bouncing on the tarmac. According to Strava, I was only down for about a minute. A police officer had stopped when I crashed and helped me up, I had to fight him to get my bike back. I pretty much landed face first going 25 mph so there was a lot of blood. I managed to get going again and finished just one minute behind the leaders. I was 8th overall, first female so it was definitely worth finishing! As soon as I crossed the finish, I realized how much I hurt. I went to medical to get cleaned up but they took one look at my chin and said I needed to go to Urgent Care. I got 8 stitches in my chin, lots of bruises and road rash. On the way to the doctor I dropped my bike off and they straightened her out. The only thing broken was a shoe. Very lucky!

I loved the distance and think I would be better at that distance than the shorter races. 

102 miles/4:21:45 = 23.3mph

http://www.strava.com/activities/85583363



2013-09-30 2:24 AM
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Subject: RE: My first century and I crashed!
Originally posted by sallya

It was a charity ride/race right in my part of town. Had lots of friends and teammates doing it. I was with the lead group...only 7 of us off the front when I went down at mile 93. One guy slowed suddenly, my teammate in front swerved a little and I hit his wheel...for a split second I thought I was going to be able to stay up then I was bouncing on the tarmac. According to Strava, I was only down for about a minute. A police officer had stopped when I crashed and helped me up, I had to fight him to get my bike back. I pretty much landed face first going 25 mph so there was a lot of blood. I managed to get going again and finished just one minute behind the leaders. I was 8th overall, first female so it was definitely worth finishing! As soon as I crossed the finish, I realized how much I hurt. I went to medical to get cleaned up but they took one look at my chin and said I needed to go to Urgent Care. I got 8 stitches in my chin, lots of bruises and road rash. On the way to the doctor I dropped my bike off and they straightened her out. The only thing broken was a shoe. Very lucky!

I loved the distance and think I would be better at that distance than the shorter races. 

102 miles/4:21:45 = 23.3mph

http://www.strava.com/activities/85583363

 

Way to hang in there and tough it out!  Glad it ended up OK.

2013-09-30 1:27 PM
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Subject: RE: My first century and I crashed!
Wow, glad you're OK! Sounds like you did a great ride too. Sucks you crashed though. Gotta watch those wheels... Congrats on a great ride though!
2013-10-04 9:08 AM
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Subject: RE: My first century and I crashed!
Wow that's fast.

Glad you're ok. We have had a rash of crashed lately with my groups and hope I don't get tangled up in them
2013-10-05 6:52 PM
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Subject: RE: My first century and I crashed!
I am healing up very well! I didn't take any time off the bike. I crashed 3 years ago...broken ribs, lots of road rash, banged up knee...and waited weeks to get back on the bike because I was so freaked out. This time. I wasn't freaked out, felt lucky. I just did a hard group ride today and feel 100%. Stitches are healing nicely too, should have a great scar! :-
2013-10-06 7:18 AM
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Subject: RE: My first century and I crashed!
How's your bike?


2013-10-06 2:34 PM
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I have a few scratches on my new Madone but she is fine. I actually took my bike to the LBS before I went and got stitches, they had her straightened out the same day! I went down on the non derailler side, which always helps
2013-10-29 3:22 PM
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Subject: RE: My first century and I crashed!

Nice work by you! Any finish line pics? Nothing like a bloody finish line pic

2014-06-23 11:50 AM
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Originally posted by sallya

  • ..I actually took my bike to the LBS before I went and got stitches...


  • Atta girl!!!!

    Edit: My Felt Z4 is in the shop getting checked out too, after a stupid crash on Saturday. Was passing a lady who was wearing headphones (I couldn't see them under her hair) who couldn't hear my "On your left!" as I was passing. She just turned straight left right across my path and next thing I was on the ground..

    My cyclist instinct kicked in and as I got up, my first words to her were "Is your bike okay?!?" Not "Are you okay?" Not "Am I okay?" Fiance then proceeds to give her a lecture on signaling, being aware of surroundings, not riding with headphones, etc, while I checked out my bike. The front wheel is slightly out of true, but I wanted it checked out in whole since it's carbon and don't have the trained eye my shop (which I really trust a lot) does for issues...

    Edited by julio26pt2 2014-06-23 12:10 PM
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