Tinea Pedis wrote:
How did it come about?
"I was riding behind a teammate on front (sitting 2nd wheel) for a long time. Anxiety causes the pack to sprint (not up the pace, but genuinely attempt to sprint from 1k out). My teammate gets swamped understandably so im surfing solo in the pack sitting probably 10-12 back. Now admittedly i wasn't going to win in this position, but i was simply riding seated 'fast' and didn't want to sprint standing. The final 250m was not fast enough for 1 line but rather a full on road blockade 6 across and layers. I was sitting about 3rd layer at this point within the 200m to go which meant "only" 2 people in front of me. Im riding on the edge of the road on the right closest to the grass on the side. It's one of those where the whole front layer is dying....not being fast, everyone behind is coming up really quick, but all 6 people on the front are just going slow. All of a sudden I see 2 people in the front row out of the saddle rubbing elbows and come together. They go down, then simultaneous to seeing this, I feel the entire weight of the person on my left leaning on me... not just a 'lets swap sun screen" lean , but he's going down.... I am now force off into the grass and as i hit the edge of grass, I get run into from behind. I am now facing the sky and do a belly flop (but on my back). I remember hitting my head (whiplash) and just flying off my bike. I stayed on the ground for 5-6 minutes just regaining my breathe. After the race i learn that about 15-20 people went down, within the last 100m. One of the two that came together in front of me had a concussion and broke his collar bone. Another dude wrecked his brand new boonen venge. Not grand tour speed, but my garmin says speed before flying off bike was around 37mph.... So i have the sweetest keirin top tube dent from my bars swinging.
it was the most scared i've been while riding a bike"