My ride on Richmond Boulevard came to an abrupt halt on Sunday morning. A recreational rider pushing his bike stepped out from a traffic island, glanced in my direction, saw me, then stopped. I thought for a moment he wasn't going to stop.
Then he took another step, pushing his bike right into my path as I rode past. I was soon flying though the air and on my arse from 48km/h.
|Classic plodder plough graph. No time to even coast!|
Old mate "thought he had enough time" to wheel his bike across in front of me and was very apologetic. I wasn't too concerned about his well-being either, to be honest. He was on his feet a few minutes before I was, and this mess was entirely his doing.
A few passers by were a little stressed at seeing what happened and the resulting blood loss. Once I was on my feet, I took names and numbers and limped home to the shower to scrub out the dirt.
|Reverse aero test - passed!|
With an elbow the size of a tennis ball and limited arm movement, I went to Box Hill Hospital for scans. Two minutes after walking in I'm on a stretcher and in a neck brace. Turns out that slight twinge in my neck from smashing my helmet was cause for concern. 5 hours later and x-rays of the damaged bits, I was given the all clear. Just meat damage. No collarbone break this time around. Happy days.
The equipment assessment was as expected: Helmet DOA, wheels out of true, shoes scuffed, kit ripped up, and the Shiv TT frame has stress cracks on the downtube and two snapped seat stays. Shiv #2 on the carbon scrap heap......