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Crash on Windblown's 8/23 Noob ride - August 25, 2008, 05:17 AM

Jeez, just read on .com that Windblown had someone go down on his noob ride Saturday.

http://dcsportbikes.com/forums/t/102276.aspx

Too many crashes lately...be careful out there people.
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August 25, 2008, 07:10 AM

Ouch!

Broken T5 and T6!

Hope dude heals quick!


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August 25, 2008, 09:34 AM

Yeah my buddy called me about it, he was on that ride...then the next day on a different ride in th same area another crashed happened and dude didnt make it.


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August 25, 2008, 09:50 AM

your sentence makes it sound like someone died on windblown's ride. windblown's ride was on saturday. there was a separate ride on sunday on route 33, it appears someone died on THAT ride and not windblown's ride.
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August 25, 2008, 09:55 AM

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Jeez, just read on .com that Windblown had someone go down on his noob ride Saturday.

http://dcsportbikes.com/forums/t/102276.aspx

Too many crashes lately...be careful out there people.
Yeah, it was a day of misfortune. I'm thankful that both riders that went down on the ride are or will be ok.

That brings the years total up to five crashes during rides I've been on for the year. I wasn't leading during the other three incidents though. Combine that with several other group ride single vehicle accidents involving folks I know directly or indirectly and I'm seriously pondering the whole group ride thing these days.

Be careful out there people. Full gear did not prevent serious injury to the rider mentioned in the OP and speeds were under 40 mph. As I'm sure most of you know a broken T-5 & T-6 is one breath away from being someones last ride. ever.
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August 25, 2008, 09:56 AM

Curious.. I read the other link.

Says he was going 30 mph when he crashed..

was that 30mph through 15 mph decreasing radius turn with gravel?

So many crashes lately.. curious as to the primary cause
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August 25, 2008, 10:02 AM

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Curious.. I read the other link.

Says he was going 30 mph when he crashed..

was that 30mph through 15 mph decreasing radius turn with gravel?

So many crashes lately.. curious as to the primary cause
The road was clean. It was not a 15mph turn but was a mild decreasing radius turn. From what I have heard I suspect that some level of distraction and then less than optimal reactions to the situation were the primary factors. He ran wide on the exit and ran out of road.
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your sentence makes it sound like someone died on windblown's ride. windblown's ride was on saturday. there was a separate ride on sunday on route 33, it appears someone died on THAT ride and not windblown's ride.
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Yeah, it was a day of misfortune. I'm thankful that both riders that went down on the ride are or will be ok.

That brings the years total up to five crashes during rides I've been on for the year. I wasn't leading during the other three incidents though. Combine that with several other group ride single vehicle accidents involving folks I know directly or indirectly and I'm seriously pondering the whole group ride thing these days.

Be careful out there people. Full gear did not prevent serious injury to the rider mentioned in the OP and speeds were under 40 mph. As I'm sure most of you know a broken T-5 & T-6 is one breath away from being someones last ride. ever.
Windy,

You had two guys go down on that ride???

I've been present to four crashes and several very, very close calls on group rides this year.

It is always the slower riders, never the fastest guys, which tells me that people are overriding their abilities to try and keep up. Like you, Im rethinking the whole group ride thing unless it is a very easy paced noob ride.

People, ride your own ride when you're out there. There is no glory to be had by keeping up with the faster riders. The only thing that is going to beat you to the hospital are the lights of the ambulance you are riding in!

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August 25, 2008, 10:23 AM

Aside from gravel, almost all of my closest calls came when I was distracted. Riding does take a lot more attention than you would think... When one is paying full attention to riding, one can process things faster and react to them better.

This was pretty scary... A few weeks ago I war riding up 13th street or similar looking for a good random salvadoran place to get take out. Not riding aggressively at all. I see some places on the right side... then bam, I look back on the road and there's a car stopped for a red light right in front of me. I hit the brakes and my front wheel ended up locking up and I screetched to a halt. I literally came to a stop about a bike length behind the car. That's as close as you can get to a really stupid accident.

Same with back roads... While I enjoy looking around at the scenery, riding and looking around is hardly the best thing to do.

Things can happen very quickly on a bike. I'm sure that in alot of accidents, if the riders knew how it was going to happen a minute ahead of time, they would've avoided or mitigated the accident altogether. (and I don't mean they would just stop/slop to 5mph... they would just mentally prepare to swerve, max brake, etc.)

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