I didn’t imagine that I would be comparing myself to Mark Cavendish any time soon, but it seems we’ve got plenty in common after we both managed to hit the tarmac this week.
Cav reckons his crash at the end of the fourth stage of the Tour of Switzerland was the worst of his career and I can make similar claims after my mishap on last Tuesday’s CW lunchtime ride.
In some 37 years of bike riding I have never suffered much more than road rash. I’m the cautious sort who doesn’t tend to crash a lot. Well, I’ve certainly made up for that now, injuring pretty much most of my left side.
There’s a fair bit of skin missing and bruising but the main problems are my wrecked hamstring and the tendons in my shoulder which have kept me housebound for a week.
It’s certainly not good, but amazingly nothing is broken so I shouldn’t be complaining too much.
Instead I’m directing my displeasure at the bike. In a lifetime of cycling I’ve exceeded 100,000 miles in the saddle and have ridden hundreds of different bikes without experiencing the extreme speed wobble that caused my crash.
Fortunately it’s a pretty rare occurrence but I’m sure I’m not the only one, so if anyone has similar experiences, please get in touch.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly