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you need to show the other shots too: the 'first sign of bad things to come = rear wheel sliding out' shot, and then the 'rider & bike going vertical over sydney' shot. and then, the aftermath 1 and aftermath 2 shots. were any of the other girls badly hurt? it looks like the girl who hit you and then flipped over you first would have been the worst off.
those are some cool shots,crashin is coolscabs are coolscars are coolgood stories about crashing are cooland don't let anyone tell you differnt,
WOW! Flashbacks!!! Glad you are ok!
BTW cool SPECS!
:) You'll never believe this but at the reception a racer from Texas said women shouldn't crash -- maybe they should play tennis. Sheesh. As if that would be half the fun.
Might I suggest new tires (only using the crash as excuse to pamper oneself)...Deda Tre, Veloflex Pave and Vittoria Open Corsa CX with Michelin latex tubes all get rave reviews for criterium racing (on race day, as they aren't super durable), and the Avocet Carbon 12 foldables or Vittoria Open Paves for training. They all have the advantage of round/low-profile supple casings for better cornering.The relevant links are...http://www.rouesartisanales.com/article-1503651.htmlhttp://www.labicicletta.com/edatcat/us/tlsstore.cgi?user_action=link&link=mainpagehttp://www.biketiresdirect.com/productdetail.asp?p=DERSC&tnum=2532793&c=3375094http://www.avocet.com/tirepages/carbon12_specs.html
I was in one of those during my racing days -- bit-o-nerves during the next couple of rides/races, but it sounds like you're already examining how to prevent it from happening again...smartsmartsmart
Ka-POW! That was one wicked wreck! Road crashes suck. You're tough. :)
If you never crash you never learn that it's not so bad. I could list my scars but we don't have time for that. Somemore advice, you don't win races by crashing. It's part of the game but you'll learn to avoid people and situations that cause crashes.Also, never be labeled the widowmaker. That's a reputation that even I won't want to uphold. ;) This is an expensive sport and there's alot of others around to think of who have put in a huge time/money commitment.It's also a "gentleman's" sport. What you do to me I'll return the favor or disfavor. Most bike racers at the lower levels will never figure this one out. The pro's are alot more polite to each other. It's a way of living for them. They realize that they need to do this the next day to survive.Great job, Sydney. You got back up and want more. That's crucial to be a bike racer. Fear can be overwhelming on a bike, after a wreck, and that in turn causes over cautiousness and accidents.
Good advice Mark. You are a jedi master on the bike. :)
I need to work on the Jedi master of life. I'm young and got alot of learning. Just hope to shed some of my knowledge on others.
"Milking it for all it's worth"I am the one who flipped over you and am laying on the ground in that picture. I spent 3 hours in the ER that night because you slid out in the last corner. I am well aware that bike racing is a dangerous sport, but it does not help when newcomers (or others)blow off crashing as not a big deal. It is a risk that we take every time we race, but the risk is reduced when people know how to handle their bikes in big packs and at high speeds. You are obviously a strong biker and I wish you luck in your seasons to come, but I hope you recognize that crashing is not a normal part of racing or something to "milk."
I'm sorry, Andrea. You're absolutely right and I apologize for sounding cavalier about the whole thing. Quite honestly, it was quite frightening, and I have frequently wondered who all was involved and how they fared but didn't know where to start looking. Thank you for posting.
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