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Sat, March 26, Los Altos, CA.
Wow. What an eventful roadbikereview ride. We had a ton of great people, a crushing freak accident, a hammerfest at skyline boulevard, a lecture from a motorcycle cop and a great ride salvaged.

Vital stats are:
distance: 55.7 miles
climb: 5850 feet
damage: crumpled lemond frame, bent Record chainring, damaged time fork, ripped conti tire. cracked high-end helmet, ripped roadbikereview kit.
injuries: badly injured MikeG, John with bruised hip, Red with a cut chin and mild concussion.

Riders: francis(francois), gregg, raymond(elsaltamontes), (mikeG), (twain), conrad, john(goloso), travis(travis200), ted(number9), chris(goose127), red, rommel, roy,ariel, michael(sitzpickel), (bigdeal), josh, derek(bustamove)

The crash:
Half a mile into the ride, we rode south on Foothill blvd between Main St. and San Antonio. The group of 15 riders was leisurely riding along in small clumps at 15 mph, getting to know each other. I was in the front with Gregg and saw two foot-long sticks in the middle of the bike line. I steered clear and pointed it out to the riders behind. Raymond and Roy were a few bike lengths behind. They saw the sticks at the last moment and yelled 'stick'. I believe MikeG, John and Red were a few bike lengths behind and didn't hear the signal. MikeG never saw the sticks and we believe it got kicked up into his wheel jamming the front wheel. The front tire skidded briefly and he went down on the pavement HARD. He got in John's way and Red ran over John's bike and Red his chin on the pavement.

MikeG's Lemond Zurich was crumpled. MikeG hit almost every part of his body on the pavement including his face and neck. John landed on his hip. His big chainring was bent badly and his fork took a bad hit. Red endo'd into the pavement and hit his chin and we later found out cracked his helmet near the forehead.. He had a half inch cut and was woozy for a couple of minutes. He sat on the traffic lane for a couple of minutes as a couple of guys watched the cars. Red's tire was ripped and front wheel was out of true.

We picked up MikeG's car and he was able to drive home. John went home as well and is getting his bike checked. Red got a new tire from the car and was able to ride with us that day. He drove an hour from Walnut Creek and was in serious need of base training miles.


The ticket:
On the stop sign on Arastadero, turning left to Alpine road, about a dozen riders were waiting to cross. At a clearing, everyone crossed and Derek who was just rolling up to the stop sign kept going to cross with the group. Two approaching motorcycle cops saw him and pulled him over. One cop talked to him for a while with the ticket book out as the group waited 100 feet away. The cop put the book away, went to our group and lectured us all about stop signs. No ticket but we got the clear signal that Woodside is not happy about cyclists who don't follow the traffic laws.


The ride:
Great ride despite the incidents. There were a lot of breaks as the group felt each other out. But there was a lot of opportunity to hammer as well. I had many good conversations and got to know many of you quite well.

-Props to Conrad and Roy for picking up the cars for the injured.
-Michael is the german machine who rides 1000 miles a month and it shows.
-Red and Ariel went on to climb another 2000 feet at Kings Mountain.
-Gregg was out there and tackled the 18% climb of Redwood Gulch
-Travis, Chris, Ted are great riders and awesome guys.
-Josh rode from Santa Cruz, hammered with the group and had to ride back!

Here's a few brilliant photos from my POS cell phone. It was my 4-year old's first baseball game and it would have been a crime to miss the game AND take the camera. It did a good job <a href="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/img_1464.jpg" target="new">HERE</a> and <a href="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/img_1458.jpg" target="new">HERE. </a> He called me while I was climbing highway 9 and said he 'crushed' the baseball!


<img src="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/rbr.gif">

MikeV (who came just to hang out) and Red
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Red, Roy and Twain
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Rommel
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Raymond(Elsaltamontes)
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Derek, Gregg and John
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Michael(), Travis(200), Chris(goose127)
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MikeG badly injured!
<img src="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/17116090_62924865_0.jpg ">

MikeG's crumpled Lemond. Don't worry son. We will get you a Moots!
<img src="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/17116040_62924701_0.jpg ">

John's bent Record chainring
<img src="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/17115944_62924390_0.jpg ">

John with a bruised hip and a sad ride home.
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Red with a cut chin and scraped lips
<img src="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/17115796_62923905_0.jpg ">

Red's tire ripped as it went through John's chainring
<img src="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/17101229_62877711_0.jpg ">

Me reeling from the first crash I have ever experienced.
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MikeG driving home and to the ER!
<img src="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/17101093_62877254_0.jpg ">




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Twain inviting people to the the 18% Redwood Gulch climb.
<img src="https://mtbr.com/author/photos/rbr426/17100999_62876948_0.jpg ">

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The group at the Mt. eden road intersection
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Chris
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Michael and Travis by the Mountain Winery
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Rommel rolling in from after the steepes climb of the day.
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Red climbing highway 9 with a patched up chin
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Regroup before the Page Mill descent
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Josh who rode from Santa Cruz and back descended Page Mill up to 40mph.
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Raymond watching Derek get a ticket
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The bridge at the base of Old La Honda Road
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Red on the right climbed OLH in 20:55 then went on to climb Kings Mountain Rd.
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Dayum!

That is one of the best reports I have read! Sorry about the pain though, hitting the deck is aweful never try it at speed!

your POS phone did pretty well

Francois, since your such a gear junkie your welcome to check out my Cane Creeks 58mm Ti Teams if your interested. I could ship them out to you for some use....as long as you keep the tire on the Cali pave! =))

My teammate is using them now so whenever I get them back from him....if I can get them back from him =/

you know how reluctant your mates can be about returning gear.....
 

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Francois, since your such a gear junkie your welcome to check out my Cane Creeks 58mm Ti Teams if your interested. I could ship them out to you for some use....as long as you keep the tire on the Cali pave! =))
Thank you for the offer. I won't be needing it though since I actually have an Aros Superlight and 46mm here to try.

What do you think of them. Do you know who makes the carbon rims? I heard a rumor it's Reynolds.

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Yahooo....I usta love Old La Honda Road..There is so much good riding up and around in there.

I am glad no one was hurt too badly ;)


Great ride report and info as you went,


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yeah

John, I got your PM thanks!!

Francois, Reynolds makes the 46mm and Zipp makes the 58mm

Reynolds also makes Cane Creeks new all carbon clincher 46mm which is as nice as Reynolds. With nipples towards the hub it accelerates faster but has shotty bearings for that kinda of doe
 

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"No ticket but we got the clear signal that Woodside is not happy about cyclists who don't follow the traffic laws"

Lawd yeah! Woodside PD are known for ticketing if you don't put a foot down at a stop sign!
 

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Terrif!

But why are the (most) photos reversed?
 

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HAL9000 said:
Terrif!

But why are the (most) photos reversed?
Most of the time, I would use my camera phone in the closed position. It seems like in all those cases, the photos are reversed horizontally. Strange...

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88.4 Mph?

So just where did you hop into a car?

Or is this an artifact of a poor GPS signal between points?

Or did you forget to stop/turn off your transcever between ride end & trip home.

You bad boy, 88.4 MPH in a 65 MPH zone?

Yes, nifty tech.
 

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For a bike ride.
I'm missing his second game too... for a bike race.

I'm torn, what can I say. I have a special relationship with my son though. Where do you think he gets that million-dollar smile? We literally spend seven days a week playing and learning together. Speaking of learning, last night he absolutely schooled me in Xbox -NBA street. Since I consider myself a gamer, I thought it wouldn't be until he was 10 that he would pummel me. I think a videogame-restriction is in order!

BTW, it's his first game but we've been hitting balls since he was two. Also he's very game savy cause we've watched that movie <a href="http://imdb.com/title/tt0108037/">Sandlot</a> dozens of times. If anyone has a little boy, I highly recommend that movie. It's about baseball and explains why baseball IS life. The other movie we enjoy all the time is <a href="http://imdb.com/title/tt0088707/">American Flyers</a>. I'm brainwashing him to like cycling.

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HAL9000 said:
So just where did you hop into a car?

Or is this an artifact of a poor GPS signal between points?

Or did you forget to stop/turn off your transcever between ride end & trip home.

You bad boy, 88.4 MPH in a 65 MPH zone?

Yes, nifty tech.
Oh, that is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The GPS was used by Raymond(elsaltamontes). After the ride, at 2pm, I invited him and Derek to my house for some Korean Barbecue and Lumpia. Shortly thereafter, there was an RSX, an Audi A4 and a Passat seen speeding south on highway 280. Yeah, we was hungry.

To have that recorded on the gps is crazy. I'll tell Raymond later.

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Don't tell his Auto Insurer or the DMV or CHP!

Unless you want to blackmail him.............
 

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OMG Fran

X-Box rofl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope when I have kids they school me in Vids too =))

That is awesome and I can see it now
 

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Quick Update

Here are some after E.R. pictures of my scraped up face. (Note the percacet grin). Going to head into an orthopedic doctor later today to look at my broken thumb. Not much pain ... discomfort only when I try to open my mouth wide.

As for the crash, I don't know WTF happened. I remember Ray waving his hand and then I was on the ground. I'll take pictures and post on the frame damage later today. Just wanted to let everyone know I'm okay and thank Conrad, Red and all the others who helped out.
 

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The ortho doc looked at the x-rays this afternoon and found three fractures ... thumb broken in 2 places. Index chipped in the middle. My left hand is bandaged up like a lobster claw.

After closer examination of my bike I found where the stick, spoke and fork all met and held a little split second battle ... pics attatched. More carnage and forensics found here:
http://gallery.roadbikereview.com/showgallery.php?cat=525

Random sh*t happens. I'll be back biking in 3 or 4 weeks.

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Bad luck about the crash Mike!

Glad to hear that none of the injuries are permanent.

Thanks for posting the ride write up Francis!

Makes me want to dig out the old Bianchi.
 
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