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<p style=”text-align: left;”>My worst crash was actually on my road bike. I was riding behind my brother and told him to check traffic and cross the road. While I was looking over my shoulder, he slowed down a little bit and then started to cross. He caught my front wheel with his back wheel. Because I was looking the other way it turned my front wheel and down I went at 12 MPH or so. I hit the pavement pretty hard. Got gravel stuck in my elbow; part of the bike (still not sure what) tore my sock and cut my ankle; and I got a patch of road rash about 3″ across on my hip. Somehow my shorts sustained no damage at all. Luckily there were no cars immediately behind me.</p>
This is my Raleigh Tokul pretty good budget bike 120mm travel, 1×9, 27.5×2.2, and it weighs in at about 30 pounds.
iliketexmex sorry i didnt see you post sooner. The race was the Lord of the Springs race in the Michigan gravel race series.
The race was today. It went as well as I could have hoped. It was hard, probably the hardest ride I’ve ever done. However, I enjoyed every minute of it. I didn’t have any problems. All the other racers were friendly, encouraging, and helpful. I felt like I did the best I could have. I learned a lot too.
I finished in 3 hours and 6 minutes for about 38 miles. I averaged 12.2 mph. I placed 4th in my age group.
It was hard but I learned a lot and I would probably do it again. Thanks for all the advice and encouragement.
I will post after the race. Thanks for the advice.
Thanks for the advice. I typically ride between 50 and 60 miles a week (mostly raid riding with 1 XC trail ride a week) though that has increased for training. The race is an XC race held about 30 minutes from where I live. It is on my home trail system and gravel roads around that area.
My first bike is the one I am still currently riding. It is a Specialized Hardrock 26. I bought it from my friend and riding partner who bought it used. It is a nice bike but is about due for some new grips, pedals, and seat.