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.
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......