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SackWack August 1st, 2009 10:48 PM

Not me, I would have though. I was in a group of about 8 riders. Bringing up the rear. Newly paved road, really sticky stuff. It was real easy to go fast and it was a nice country road, very twisty. It was a blind corner sweeping to the right, downhill, and gardually getting sharper. Another rider and myself were stuck behind a car that was going 15 miles an hour right before the turn so we were going pretty slow for this corner luckily. The car came to a complete stop and we went around and saw the rider down. When they repaved this road they also put a little shoulder on the road but it was a gravel shoulder. It's this gray gravel that they place in the shoulder. I guess the truck that was putting it in the shoulder decided to drop a big pile of it in the worst spot in the corner on the road. Cars had spread it out across the road but it was deeper in some spots. It was in a shadow just over the crest of the bind spot of the road. This rider just took an unlucky line and had a Lorenzo highside. There was a rider pretty close behind but was taking a more outside line. Anyways, we roll up and park our bikes and this dude (name is Art)appears to be in good shape. He sitting up talking and asking what happned. That's when I see his ankle sitting on the road right next to him. I kid you not the bone had been ripped from him and was lying next to him. I looked at his leg and you could see the blood pouring out of his foot. It just so happens that the people in the car were pretty highly trained in first aid and had a pretty good sized kit. They placed the bone on ice immediately and began to stabalize his leg. It took 45 minutes for a fire truck to arrive and about an hour for an ambulence to arrive. We made Art feel as comfortable as possible and he never complained of any pain. He never saw his bone on the ground and no one told him how bad it was. I was just updated that they were able to put his bone back in and re attach the ligaments now they are monitoring for infection.

A couple things that I learned.
-Don't ride fast on a newly paved road till you ride it once slow.
-Wear full gear all the time. Art was wearing a leather jacket, ridnig jeans, and some crappy boots. If he was wearing good riding boots he would have walked away with a couple scratches and a concussion. He has good riding boots, don't knwo why they wern't on.
-Kiss your wife and kid every night

I am still a little shaken by today's events. It was not a pretty site. Art wasn't riding out of control, infact he was taking it rather easy. He hit the gravel that would take an expert to have a chance to make it out of if at all. It could have been anyone and that is real scarey for me. A couple of riders said that they had a few moments from gravel before that turn but I didn't see it at all. It's just an unlucky day. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif[/img] And one that will play in my mind for a while. I did not enjoy the ride home.

#46 August 2nd, 2009 04:45 AM

Oh..that's terrible! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif[/img]
I do really hope Art will get well soon.

chopperman August 2nd, 2009 05:03 AM

when they repair road in the uk , all they do is spray a bit of bitch down then plonk a load of gravel down. they call it re dressing. make's riding a bike an interesting experiance, but the worst bit is. if you get caught behind another vehicle you get sprayed in the stones flicked up by the vehicle infront. not good for your paint or your eyes if you have no visor.

hope this dudes leg gets better.

undeadprincess August 3rd, 2009 02:27 PM

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (chopperman @ Aug 2 2009, 01:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>when they repair road in the uk , all they do is spray a bit of bitch down then plonk a load of gravel down. they call it re dressing. make's riding a bike an interesting experiance, but the worst bit is. if you get caught behind another vehicle you get sprayed in the stones flicked up by the vehicle infront. not good for your paint or your eyes if you have no visor.

hope this dudes leg gets better.

Or if you are on a trike enjoying the rare nice english weather. Those little stones can hurt like a ....!

Hope Art is alright! When i was growing up my Dad was involved in 2 bike accident (1, he was riding straight down a road near my house when a car just pulled straight into him sending him flying and jamming his leg between the bike and the kerb. Nice. 2, he was following a car around a blind corner when on the other side of the corner a kid jumped infront of the car. The car did an emergancy stop and my Dad didn't going into the back of him. Nothing too serious that time thou) and 1 of his friends got cleared out by a lorry while abroad. I have kinda learnt to be watch out for literally everyone around you when riding and not be an idiot.

SackWack August 3rd, 2009 03:17 PM

It's a tough pill to swallow when riding around any corner there can be gravel, sand, or something in the road to take your life in an instant.

Update: Art is doing great and is in his cheerful mood despite what happened. He is in the hospital still being watched. He can't wait to get back on the bike again, go figure.


Stevo August 3rd, 2009 03:22 PM

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SackWack @ Aug 2 2009, 06:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>A couple things that I learned.
-Don't ride fast on a newly paved road till you ride it once slow.
-Wear full gear all the time. Art was wearing a leather jacket, ridnig jeans, and some crappy boots. If he was wearing good riding boots he would have walked away with a couple scratches and a concussion. He has good riding boots, don't knwo why they wern't on.
-Kiss your wife and kid every night
Definitely worth getting decent gear, especially the helmet and boots. 4 crashes in the last 2 years (3 of them involving cars) and my Alpinestars boots are still holding together well.

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SackWack @ Aug 3 2009, 11:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Update: Art is doing great and is in his cheerful mood despite what happened. He is in the hospital still being watched. He can't wait to get back on the bike again, go figure.
Good to hear he's OK. I've always been the same in wanting to get back out ASAP - the longer you leave it, the harder it'll be to get back into it again.

chopperman August 3rd, 2009 03:24 PM

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SackWack @ Aug 3 2009, 11:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>It's a tough pill to swallow when riding around any corner there can be gravel, sand, or something in the road to take your life in an instant.

Update: Art is doing great and is in his cheerful mood despite what happened. He is in the hospital still being watched. He can't wait to get back on the bike again, go figure.
Good to hear he is on the mend and not put off bikes [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]

Austin August 3rd, 2009 08:38 PM

Glad to hear he's doing well, Sacky. Give him best wishes from Powerslide.net

Jumkie August 3rd, 2009 11:39 PM

You learned some great lessons and reminded me to be more careful. Thanks.

Willski August 3rd, 2009 11:54 PM

Send Art our regards Sacky, glad he is on the mend !


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