On a side note, and not an unimportant one, we had a crash tonight. One of the young riders in the group went down on 446 at the entrance to the climb. It appeared to be a single bike event as we saw when we came around again with one to go. Thankfully, a small chase group connected with the rider and a couple in the back of the main field turned around, giving up their training to help someone in need-for that we are grateful. But it points to a larger issue, one of the inevitabilities of bike racing. This is a demanding sport that requires cat-like reflexes and split-second decisions, and a good measure of luck. The specter of crashing follows us at every corner, in every sprint, at each crossroad. This crash was no one's fault- it was just a dark and perfectly timed event where speed and desperation were in the crosshairs as the group came together after a series of splits- a lottery where no one wins. But we all must learn from these events too. Not overlapping wheels, not following too closely, having the fitness to stay solidly on a wheel. Even when all of these happen, we still can crash, but our odds are greatly improved. Bike racers are not known for their cautious approach to the sport, but racing a bicycle demands our complete attention. We wish you a speedy recovery.
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