From the Presidentby Earl Jones
The title of that 60s song, Season of the Witch, might best describe the LBC cycling season as of this writing on August 1. How else can you explain the hex that seems to have been put on so many of our riders?
As of mid-July I counted at least four crashes that have involved at least seven riders, all of them experienced riders.
Dont accept the witchs curse explanation?
Fortunately, only one of the accidents resulted in serious injuries although all resulted in much injured pride. Education VP Glenn Todd and the Education Committee will be examining ways to refresh and improve the skills levels of more experienced riders without losing sight of our commitment to new rider bike safety classes. In the meantime, all of us should remember some common sense tips, some of which could have prevented the recent accidents:
Ill bet that the folks involved in each of the recent accidents can point to at least one thing, probably something simple and common sensible, that would have avoided the crash. In my case (actually, make that five crashes) it was a case of getting stuck in a groove on a patch of uneven pavement and not thinking quickly enough to get out of it. (If only I had ridden around that bad patch, or not been so intent to catch up to the riders ahead, or...)
If you want to discuss any of this or have any safety related questions, see any of the club officers. In the meantime, I hope we dont let these incidents get us down. As Lance Armstrong said in recounting his decision to return to racing, any day on a bike is a good day. But well have a lot more good days if were a little more careful.
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