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Beware of Rednecks leaving their bumpers (wooden) in the middle of the road!

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
 Last evening my daughter was on her weekly 23 mile "Gary's ride" in a rural area outside of Atlanta with her club.  They were going down a long hill with a pretty sharp curve at the bottom in the mid to high 30's and Dommie was about 8th or 9th in line.  Well, some cracker had attached a 2X8 to the rear of his pick-um-up-truck and deposited it in the middle of the road at the bottom of the hill (his license plate still attached).  The first eight or so barely missed it, Dommie didn't and she, along with three of the people behind her went down in a heap.  Fortunately, no bones were broken or any real damage done other that sever roadrash.  Unfortunately, her Calfee frame was destroyed.  

The coach was furious because the leader of the pack (an adult) who was really the only person who was able to see the thing in time to properly reach, didn't get move well away from it, making it more and more likely that the following people would hit it.  Just a lesson to be learned in pace line riding.  

I plan on calling the Jackson County police today to report the issue and give them the license number, but I don't hold out any hope that anything will be done.  Whoever it is is probably the first cousin, second cousin twice removed and brother in law of the sheriff, and we are just cyclist who shouldn't be on their road anyway.
post #2 of 17
I am sorrry for your daughters crash, and hopefully you guys get a bike built up quick. but a 2x8 is easily bunny hopped on a road bike. maybe some bunny hopping lessons are in ordered?
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
 Thanks.  She is fine this morning, just bandaged from head to toe and a little sore.  The 2X8 in question was laying parallel to the roadway and I doubt even Johnny Tomac could bunny hop four feet of 2X8.  Second, going as fast as they were and riding behind 8 other people, she didn't even see it until she hit it.  That is why it is so important (and in this case not done) for the person in the front of the paceline to steer well clear of such obstacles and loudly call them out.  

Her biggest concern now is finding a bike to ride her 50's on tomorrow and Sunday.  She was going to get a new frame next month when her sponsor's new models come out (a Blue competition AC-1), so now we just need to find a fill in.
post #4 of 17
 Isn't this exactly why the cracker would have liability insurance?

Anyway, I'm just glad to hear you guys were out riding and not rafting.
post #5 of 17
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 Isn't this exactly why the cracker would have liability insurance?

Anyway, I'm just glad to hear you guys were out riding and not rafting.


Exactly.

I would push the license plate issue with the local PD. If nothing happens there call state police. I wonder if they would go bust the guy for not having plates?
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
 That is what we are doing, mostly to get a police report so the Insurance companies can go after the guy.  Our experience with the police in this county is they are not exactly cyclist friendly, so I am not expecting much more than a report out of them.
post #7 of 17
Around here riding in tight formation with limited line of sight to the road directly in front of you is ill advised.  There are rogue potholes in this area that have killed people that hit them riding 2 wheelers.
post #8 of 17
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is this the culprit??

Seriously I hope she is doing OK now and found a ride for today!
post #9 of 17
I don't think you'll have much luck with the police.  Everywhere I've been, you are required to drive (and operate a bicycle) in control.  That means going slow enough to be able to dodge things that may happen to be lying around a blind corner.  Sucks that bikes have a hard time running over things that wouldn't hurt a pick'em up truck, but that's the risk you take.  Just like motorcycles, have to look out for gravel on curves, you gotta watch for potholes, road kill and bumpers.  They may have some law to charge the owner of the chevy, but if they are that eager to do their job, they may just decide to charge the bikers with careless driving. 
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
I might be inclined to say that was the culprit, but it is in much too good of condition to be on the roads of rural Georgia

She is better but still sore.  I was able to cobble together one of my old bikes that she can ride until she gets a new frame.  It's a little big for her, but she still kick my butt on it this morning,crippled and all. 

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211

is this the culprit??

Seriously I hope she is doing OK now and found a ride for today!
 
post #11 of 17
She was lucky....  if it had been the gate, the outcome might have been worse.

post #12 of 17
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 Fortunately, no bones were broken or any real damage done other that sever roadrash.
Road rash can be pretty severe.  I hope she's healing up well.   I would feed her some extra vitamin E.  With a handle like roadrash I guess you knew enough to get all the dirt out so it wouldn't scar too badly.
post #13 of 17
maybe its time to take up MTBing. much safer;).
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Absolutely.  That first cleaning and getting all of the road grit out is the worst part.  That is when you really hear them squeal

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Road rash can be pretty severe.  I hope she's healing up well.   I would feed her some extra vitamin E.  With a handle like roadrash I guess you knew enough to get all the dirt out so it wouldn't scar too badly.
 
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
She wouldn't give up her road racing.  In fact, she is going to Greenville SC this weekend to race.

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maybe its time to take up MTBing. much safer;).
post #16 of 17
 Roadrash, I'm just catching up after a crazy week last week.
How's Dommie healing and what became of her bike?

She's a tough cookie!
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
She is fine but still sore.  We went and got a shoulder xray this morning because her coach wanted to make sure everything was OK before she let her race this weekend.  Her bike is now a wall ornament.  She was going to get a new frame next month anyway, but now she is riding my spare bike until her new frame is available.

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 Roadrash, I'm just catching up after a crazy week last week.
How's Dommie healing and what became of her bike?

She's a tough cookie!
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