Yep. I crashed 6 miles into the Delta 100k. And as if that weren't enough, I crashed into Michele, causing her to crash as well. Lovely. All or nothing baby...that's how I am...having a brilliant 20 miler one day...and then crashing my bike the next. ~sigh~ The story of my life.
I am going to keep this short and sweet, because I am not going to dwell on it. Here's what happened: I'm cruising along about 18 mph, not many people around at the moment, so I drop down to my aerobars. Just cruising along the flat. Michele cruises up to my left and for some reason which I still do not know, I veer over close to her. So close, as a matter of fact, that my brake lever locks around her handle bar. And in a split second our bikes are stuck together. There were a few seconds of Michele screaming "LANA!!!". My eyeballs were as big as golf balls, but I couldn't get anything to come out of my mouth. And then we crashed....skidding along the road before coming to a stop. I had no real monumental thoughts as I was slidding across the pavement, other than hoping Michele was not hurt and hoping my new helmet was okay. I knew I was okay, everything except my pride, ofcourse. I knew that we were going down before it happened...so when we did I just tucked my chin and took a ride. A bumpy ride I might add. As it turns out, I have some pretty nasty scrapes and bruises, mainly on my knee, hip and elbow....and my helmet was okay, other than a couple scratches. My new Pearl Izumi jacket has a small hole in it, too, but it will still work. Michele wasn't as lucky. Her head hit the pavement hard and actually cracked her helmet. Her elbow was pretty torn up, and she was pretty well scrapped from her shoulder to her ankle. She about passed out after standing up, and we deemed it necessary that she call it quits on the day. We called the SAG wagon, and I went back with her.
I don't really know what to say, other than I feel awful about it, and I am pretty embarassed. It certainly ruined a good day for cycling. Lessons learned?...stay off the aerobars while riding with a group, maybe?? Perhaps I could have reacted better if I weren't on the aerobars.
1 year ago