Biking has some risks – Columbia County Wisconsin | Lodi Silent Sports

by wendysoucie on September 6, 2011

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Bicycle riding has risks whether you are riding on a bike path, your hometown sidewalks, streets, or out on country roads. Even accomplished athletes take spills. We always hope they are few and far between. That is why we always wear helmets.

The fall happens in an instance.  A slight turn of a head or a bump in the road is  all it takes.  We hope during the upcoming season of fall riding, with darker mornings and evenings, both cyclists and drivers of automobiles take extra care for visibility, following rules of the road, and being careful of the road conditions that might cause a fall.

Devils Lake to Merrimac and beyond.

This is the last week before the Wisconsin Ford Ironman to be held on September 11, 2011 and starting at the Monona Terrace, Madison WI.  A number of our friends are training for the race.  We have been supporting them by kayaking while they swim and accompanying them on several of the bike rides.

Bike Riders on Owls Head Road, Merrimac WI

Bike Riders on Owls Head Road, Merrimac WI

Sunday was one such day.  We followed up the 2 miles swim at Devils Lake with a relatively short (for them) 45 min out ride from the south shore, through Merrimac, and then onto Cty U towards Portage. This is a quiet road and very scenic.

Not too far into the ride, one of the triathletes took a spill while headed down the hill.  Apparently he and another rider were close, and one lost control.  The first rider ultimately went down, sliding down the road on his hip and shoulder, while lifting his bike off the road to minimize the damage to the tri-bike.

While this was helpful to the bike which has some fancy race wheels and was a pretty expensive bike, the rider tore up shorts and a shirt. Surprisingly, but lucky for him, he didn’t leave too much of his skin on the road.   This just goes to show you that even people who have logged hundreds of miles over the summer have to keep an eye on conditions, people and keep their attention on the road.

Oh, by the way, it was a beautiful day for a ride.

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