Just returned from a ride up Old Willunga Hill. Probably 500 metres from the top a person had somehow crossed the wrong side of the road, either too fast or perhaps a problem with their bike and into the path of a people mover van. Van windscreen was smashed and the injured person was being comforted but was having troubles breathing as I passed. All my best to this person I hope them a speedy recovery and certainly hope their injuries were not too severe. It really bought home how fragile we all are. Our descent down willy was at a very mild pace riding the brakes the whole way. Take care peeps especially on unfamiliar roads...it's just not worth it.
Sounds like "Colin's" bend. I went down there this morning and was taking Colin's bend fairly wide when a ute came towards me well over the double white lines. I had plenty of time to react and the ute pulled back to the right side but these things can turn nasty very quickly.
i did observe that Willunga was very busy this morning, probably riders having a look before Amy's Ride next weekend.
Yeah I noticed quite a few bends coming down that could catch peeps out if they weren't familiar with the road and were going a bit fast. It was a pre Amy ride for myself just see what the hill was all about. :)
not sure i would call it "colin's bend but having lost it about there i was lucky no cars were coming up at the time,i hope the rider is ok and the car driver too.
Just using your name as a reference, (but fair point by you). That same bend today would have been nasty had I veered too far to the right. I was cautious on the early part of the descent as a result of lessons learnt by your incident. In fact much more cautious on all descents now, if you can come to grief I realise it cold happen to anyone. It concerns me a little about people (me included) chasing PBs on descents on Strava and the like.
i agree pat b4 my crash i would always go flat chat down hills but more care taken these days.
Yes the driver appeared ok, I'm sure shocked.. I did hear her saying whilst being consoled ' there was nothing I could do' and 'I wasn't going to fast was I?' to which the person said of course not. It was just really sad to see. I haven't stopped thinking about it all day. From where the car stopped the car was on the correct side of the road and the windscreen was actually smashed on the passanger side. The vehicle had passed me not long before going at a respectable speed.
Not good news at all.....head and neck injuries are very serious indeed :(
Holly molly !!!
OMG! That would have been about as terrible as it gets.
I love hooting down a hill but the white line is there for a reason. To actually hit a car though - not at all good for all and any involved. I hope the cyclist is not too bad and the motorist not overly shocked.
anyone know the rider involved?
Yes, I do. He sounds 'ok' and nothing technically broken but the bike.