First, let me be clear, I am fine (although you’ll notice that my sunglasses weren’t as lucky). The Doctor said that it’s OK for people to now mock me.
This post was supposed to be about how I easily beat the much stronger Barry up one of the steepest roads in France (he was testing super heavy Paniers for his upcoming Tour through Switzerland).
But as usual, it’s all about me!
Let me be clear, this crash is completely the fault of ERIC (who wasn’t even there) and BARRY. Because:
- As usual, I paid for Barry’s coffee.
- Recently, Eric fixed my brakes so that they actually work for a change.
After climbing to the top of Col de la Croisette, we had stopped for a coffee in Croisette. As we left, I mounted the bike and was fiddling around, putting the change in my back pocket (if Barry paid, no change!). I
hadn’t yet put the helmet back on and I had my other hand on my front brakes.
Suddenly i noticed that I was going pretty fast, so I squeezed the brake not expecting much, but they worked perfectly (Eric’s fault!) and I went right over the top.
Luckily my nose broke the fall.
When the doctor first looked at my nose, she touched a bump and said “broken.” I had to explain that that particular bump was thanks to a punch from a Bouncer back in my youth. But that’s another story.
I very shakily descended this monster climb and we drove to my Swiss Clinique / Emergency. God bless Swiss health care. In not much more than an hour, they cleaned me up, examined me, took X-Rays of shoulder and nose, examined X-Rays, booked follow appointment, etc. Great!
Net, I have a broken nose and a strained shoulder – which is very sore but I don’t think too serious.
The Col de la Croisette will be the feature climb on one stage of the upcoming Dauphinée Libére race on June 12th. See here for more details.
Below: Barry with Paniers