Crash and Burn

7 03 2011

Saturday, March 5th, a group of Team Bike Doctor riders assembled for a nice long day of climbing in the hills of Frederick, MD. Sunny, Brian Rist, Pete “Diesel” Warner, Fife, Dr. Bickling, Framos, and a couple of other riders from other teams set off by 10 am. A little wind and rain at the start, and we were quickly rolling through downtown Frederick when disaster happened. While rolling through an intersection, a car made a left turn from the right hand lane of a 2 lane one way street, right into our group. Sunny and Brian Rist were side swiped and Brian was nearly run over at the front of the group. The car ran over Brian’s wheel and thrust him into the ground head first. It happened so fast, but luckily, Brian was the only one to go down, and he ended up being OK. His bike, however, did not fair so well. Amazingly, the incident occurred right in front of a Fire Station, and EMTs were quickly on the scene tending to Brian’s wounds. Police arrived shortly after, and the offender did stick around to exchange information. Brian was then whisked away in the back of a Police car with his mangled bike in the trunk, back to his parked car, and then onto his day of pain killers and rest.

The rest of us soldiered on. The hills were waiting. We suffered up many of the famous climbs: Shookstown, Harp Hill, Gambrills Park Rd, Middlepoint, and Coxy Brown. At times, the going was so steep, it took everything we had just to maintain 6 mph. A few dirt roads thrown in, a LONG downhill run off of Catoctin Mountain, plus some rollers had everyone’s legs burning. Close to 4 hours at the end of the day, and some sweet Mexican food at Casa Rico in Frederick to finish things off.

Other than the awful crash for Brian at the start of the ride, it was a fantastic day for the Team!

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