• back in line

    by  • August 4, 2008 • too random • 15 Comments

    i’m sure my turn comes up soon enough.


    what a capture. and what rad saving skilz o’ webcor.

    hope everyone at Timpani is ok.


    damn crash pictures … can’t … turn … away …



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    15 Responses to back in line

    1. August 4, 2008 at

      What makes these crash photos less morbid than the ones from the track that you didn’t want to see is that the last few photos show everyone getting up. Filip got back into the race and then finished 5th.

    2. Sufferin' P
      August 4, 2008 at

      I want the story behind that front wheel coming off…

    3. chatterbox
      August 4, 2008 at

      Yikes! That is excellent handling by Alto Velo! Perhaps he could give a clinic.

    4. August 4, 2008 at

      Nuts, especially when you see the LGBRC dude kneeling on the ground way in the background. All the while just waiting for that sick sound of that perfect looking carbon fiber masterpiece to go kaboom once it hits pave. Yikes! Hope that Wells Fargo bounced back up with nothing but minor aches and pains.

    5. August 4, 2008 at

      that’s just the massage therapist in me getting all freaked out about the naked metacarpals.

    6. August 4, 2008 at

      A big “hell yeah” on the gloves. More than once have I thanked myself for wearing gloves during a crash. Much easier to burn through some gloves than trying to get your palms to heal over the course of several weeks.

    7. August 4, 2008 at

      Outstanding sequence of photos and bike handling. I was up towards turn 1 and could only kinda see bodies and bikes flying. Hope everyone escaped major injury.

    8. Anonymous
      August 4, 2008 at

      you are starting to figure out hernandez Garrett. Do as he says not as he does. everyone is still catching up.

    9. Michael Hernandez
      August 4, 2008 at

      hate those glass houses

    10. Paul Carter
      August 4, 2008 at

      That was me and I’m mostly ok, thanks. For what it’s worth, I almost always do wear gloves in a crit. But this day I couldn’t find one of them. So instead of rolling it Michael Jackson style, I went totally without. It never did feel quite right.

      I talked to the guy who lost his front wheel, and he said it got ripped out of the fork, but I’m not sure how (but I’m an even bigger fan of the “lawyer tabs” now). I think he maybe touched wheels with someone who is completely out of frame?

    11. marc
      August 4, 2008 at

      Someone must have said or done something funny, everyone seems to be smiling. Evan Huffman was in one of those pics, but concentrating too much to smile. I think he got 2nd in a long straight downwind sprint in a junior gear.
      That guy should race the track.

    12. Alden
      August 5, 2008 at

      I learned my glove lesson back in ’97 at my last collegiate crit in downtown Chico. There was a 90 degree right hand turn shortly after the finish line. The guy who won (I finished fourth) decided to slam on his brakes so he could see how his teammate finished up. I t-boned him in the corner, flipped over the bars, and stuck out my hand to brace my fall.

      I ended up losing a silver dollar sized chunk of my palm – the more meaty part that’s just below your thumb and index finger. When the EMT scrubbed my hand, I screamed bloody murder so badly that the women lined up for the next race all turned and looked on in horror. The EMT sent me to the hospital because he said that there were most likely exposed nerves due to the deep abrasion to my hand.

      It took the better part of about two weeks for the thing to heal. It was painful for the first couple of days when I cleaned and redressed the wound.

      I don’t know what happened in the crash yesterday – however, I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt that racing on the track probably saved my butt (I was in the first photo of the sequence to the right). All I know is that I heard that frightening sound of carbon and metal, and then saw a bike flying up towards me. Hence the swerve to my left.

      I was also talking to someone yesterday who had their bike stolen off the top of their car – the thieves managed to wiggle the bike loose from the fork mount (which was locked). Yet another reason to keep the lawyer tabs.

      Hope everyone heals up fast.

    13. Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at

      to the guy without gloves, did you hit that cone and that is what caused you to crash?

    14. Michael Hernandez
      August 5, 2008 at

      really glad you’re ok, Paul. what a nightmare.

      it looks like that errant front wheel swipes you out. in the amazing progression of pictures … you can see it change direction and home in on you.

      damn bad luck bud. heal up and best luck,

    15. paulcarter
      August 5, 2008 at

      Yeah, if you look at the first pic in the “Crash Photos” link here:


      You can see that evil front wheel hovering like a flying saucer. Follow that wheel – it’s in every subsequent pic (almost) and it’s what I crashed into (not the cone). It came squirting out of that first crash, which I thought was “done”, perpendicular to my line of travel. I thought I might be able to get around it or at least hit it and maybe not crash. As someone who studied physics I should know better. I also vaguely remember bumping someone else before I went OTB.

      Anyway, thanks for the kind words. It’s kinda painful to relive, but the photos really are pretty cool. And I don’t remember any ambulances, so I think we were all (mostly) ok.


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