Saturday, December 15, 2007

Hittin The Deck

The group got a little zealous today descending Powerhouse and four of us laid it down through the turn above. This is a section that is notorious for icy patches in the winter but today had been warmer than usual and we didn't give it a second thought.

I had been following another rider through the turn and was the first to have my wheel come out from under me and skidded on my side what felt like 50 meters forcing Easterling off the road. His MTB skills took over and he kept his new frame intact for the ride home.

As I came to a halt, I looked back just in time to see Vinny, Britter, and Brandon also on their sides sliding right into me.

As we were checking ourselves to make sure nothing was broken (nothing was), a County Sheriff rolled up, gave us first aid, and took a report. He was also nice enough to give Barrows a lift back to his car which was needed to give Britter and Brandon a ride home. The rest of us rolled in a little banged up and broken hearted but it could have been MUCH worse.

We'll all be able to ride tomorrow

Poor Vinny looks like he's right out of a M.A.S.H. unit


TimmyB. said...

I hope everyone is okay. It was ugly watching the four of you sliding what seemed like forever.

Even though Vince was torn-up from stem to stern after the crash, he still mashed the pedals all the way home.

cje said...

Doh! What turn was that? Auberry to Kerckhoff? I've done the same thing on that road, maybe the same turn. Brian, weren't you on that ride? Many moons ago -- 1992! Remember, my hip swelled up so big it looked like I had two butts. Hey, I'm glad to hear you all are okay. Yu guys are a little insane on the descents. Don't go hurting yourselves before I get home! -- in a week!

Britter said...

Now that the swelling has gone down, it is much easier to get around. Same exact spot on the hip as I banged up during the CX race two weeks ago. Maybe I should get my first ink tatoo on my right hip of a bandaid!