Lets get no illusions about our sport.
It can get dangerous. Losing just a moment's worth of concentration may be enough to unseat you off your saddle smack into danger.
Our second safety moment for the year is Liz Hatch's latest injury report on her blog. As it turns out, she was enjoying the breeze on a fast downhill in a fundraiser ride for the Women's Tour of California Criterium when she approached a corner full of pine needles at more speed than was actually safe. She rode right into the guardrail at 45K and landed face first into the area of needles. Thankfully, she made it but the bike was sheared off at the fork on impact.
If I understand correctly, she was riding one of those monocoque carbon fiber BH bikes. These bikes are said to be reinforced with nanotechnology resins to make them tougher and stronger. Readers will recall how I talked about a very similar failure with BH when a rider in last year's Ghent Wevelgem pro race crashed right into a road decor at full gas. Click here to read.
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Her facial injuries seem superficial as opposed to deep lacerations but there could be more to the story. As soon as she feels better, I ask her or maybe her friends to give us a brief account of what the doctors did to treat her wounds. I figure that can be beneficial information to anyone reading this.
Does anyone else want to take a shot at how this could have been prevented, or what you can do to think fast and make the right decisions? I feel I'm talking way too much.
Some comments are really quick. Thanks ensenadajim!
According to her Twits or Tweets or whatever that thing is called, the medical staff had an antibiotic named Neosporin applied to her face to help with the scarring.
Thanks also to Bob Cullinan from Cycleto for these pictures of her wrecked BH bike and her Specialized 2D helmet.
Liz singled out her helmet as saving her head. What's interesting is that in late Dec 2007, these helmets were actually recalled by the CPSC due to failed tests! Click here to read that pollination.
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