Well, this morning came and no rain but heavy air met me as I left the house. I decided to ride the tri bike today and begin to get some mileage on this bike since I hadn't really rode it earnest since IM Canada. As I came up main st and approached grinder I was beginning to believe I had missed the start time. All I could see was a lone rider, which didn't make sense for such a beautiful day! The lone rider was Alex, and soon enough Peter Sutton and Peter Cahill had joined and now it was shortly after 6. We started off and made our way down Gerrard setting off for the 110k hoping that the rain held off.
As we approached Kingswood, Peter Cahill and I were in the front with Peter Sutton and Alex trailing. I hit one of the construction holes and with that one of my bottles ejected. Unfortunately the bottle didn't move left or right it stayed right in the path of Peter Sutton. He managed to bunny hop with the front wheel but unfortunately the bottle caught the rear wheel, peter skidded and then went down. Once again, a helmet saved a noggin and with some scrapes on the elbow and on the butt, Peter looked ok, ok is relative to what could have been if.....a car had been close on our tail, or we were in a peloton of 20 riders...two name just two alternatives that might have ended very badly. After 5 minutes or so of making sure all was well, peter gingerly made his way back onto the bike and headed home. This reminds me why we don't carry aluminum bottles on our bikes, but I might also give up freezing my bottles and just throw lots of ice in.

A small group of 4, was now down to a group of 3 and so we made off for the ride. The rest of the 109kms were uneventful thank goodness, with good roads, some great pastries and coffee in goodwood.

We averaged 32.5km/hr for the full ride and no rain.

I hope Peter still feels fine after the adrenaline of the crash wears off. In less than 10 days I have witnessed two more instances of helmets being crucial gear. My youngest son, crashed on queen street last sunday as he crossed the street car tracks after it had rained. Of course the tracks are as slick as ice at that point and down he went crashing into a parked suv, his head hitting the running boards. The helmet saved his noggin (when i received the phone call from a bystander that he had gone down I doubted he was wearing one given the battles we have had over wearing helmets - come-on dad, i wont crash, I am a great cyclist, come-on dad, I don't ride as fast as you, come-on dad the helmets are geeky - I am sure as parents we have all heard the excuses), he likely suffered a small concussion and had scrapes and bruises. A trip to the hospital was in order but all was well.

So Peter, I hope you are doing well. Thanks to Peter Cahill and Alex Steen for a great sunday ride.

Here are my ride details for those who like data.


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Comment by Alexx Hooper on August 15, 2010 at 1:33pm
Peter, hope you're OK - let us know. There have sure been a lot of good examples of helmets saving noggins this summer. QB, I hope your son is feeling better too. I can't believe there are still cyclists out there not wearing helmets on road bikes - we passed quite a few on the Saturday ride yesterday. A close friend of mine is a rehabilitation counselor who works with brain injured clients. One of her clients had a head injury from a cycling accident (he wasn't wearing a helmet). Every day he repeated the same routine - he would get up, get dressed, have breakfast, and go to call his mother. His mother had died, so every day, they had to break it to him that his mother had died and he couldn't call her. He spent the afternoon upset and grieving because his mother was dead, ate dinner, and went to bed. It all started again the next day.

Thank goodness for geeky-looking ole' bike helmets. Peter, please post and tell us how your head is. And enough with the falls this year!
Comment by Peter Sutton on August 15, 2010 at 8:30pm
Sorry for the delay in posting, but I was taking it easy to make sure that I hadn't hurt myself too badly. Once I realized that I had been extremely fortunate and gotten off relatively easy, I went out and bought a new helmet and bar tape.

It was a pretty nasty crash at a pretty decent speed - we weren't all out, but we weren't exactly toddling along, either. Nonetheless, there is no doubt that my helmet prevented a very serious injury, as my head hit the pavement with considerable force.

The bike is apparently fine - some minor scuffs on the shifters and some minor tears in the tape, and deeper scuffs on my saddle and my rear skewer (I am now the proud owner of a "Zioo" skewer). The body is sore, but damage appears to be limited to bruises and road rash, most of which is on my lower back/side and hip where I skidded across the pavement.
Comment by Jeff N on August 16, 2010 at 9:19am
QB good on you for being consistent with your kids. Melani and I always insisted on helmets on our kids, whether it was scooters, skateboards, or bikes and especially skiing and snowboarding. Bones heal, the brain may not.

Peter, thank Heaven's you came out with just bumps and scuffs. I am sure you will heal fast, see you soon!

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