Great racing weather in Cambridge by the time our race went off. The race was slow for the first hour but then picked up on each climbing/dirt section. Steve, Paul, and I were all riding strong. I kept making my way to the front for the climbs in hopes of a split in the field by the strong climbers. Almost two hours in we were on a paved/gravel section riding along nicely.
Out of no where this guy’s handlebars rammed straight into my legs and I hit the ground hard on my face. The fun was just beginning…. Then I got dragged along the ground for 100-200 meters where I was repeatedly run over by people and my body continually turned about, scraping up asphalt. When I opened my eyes all I could see was the pack slowly drifting into the distance. I sat up and spit out a huge wad of blood. I looked on the ground and I saw what I thought were my bloody teeth but they were only red jelly beans.
Then the pain came and came and came…I was in the ER for about 9 hrs where two of the hours were spent doing “scrubbing treatments”. Pretty much what they did was take a brilo pad and drag it across all the road rash on my arms, legs, and yes even my face to get all the dirt and rocks out.
So here is the tally: My left hand is completely sliced and is wrapped up totally. All 5 fingers are cut up. My left and right arm has road rash from my forearm to my tricep. Left and right legs are completely covered in road rash. My two front teeth are chipped/cracked. My lip is hugely swollen and I have road rash on the right side of my face. My bike is semi-ok. I think the frame is still in one piece. I’ll have to replace the front derailer, handlebars, and stem. I think that’s all I can think right now. Can’t wait to get on the bike again! Hope everyone had a good race weekend. Recovery? T – two weeks ?? Thanks so much to Paul and Steve who waited with me until help arrived. You guys are true teammates and I would do anything for the both of you. Adam Z