An incredibly unfortunate US rider fell victim to a drone as it crashed into the middle of the race. The video above was taken from a fellow racer riding in the Golden State Race series in Sacremento, California.
The video, uploaded by Kaito C, shows the drone falling from the sky into the unlucky rider's path at the 28 second mark forcing the rider to roll over the drone. Slowing down, the rider seems to be over the worst of it before the drone's wreckage gets caught in the front wheel and fork. The rider is then catapulted from the saddle over his handlebars.
Falling from the sky, it can be seen that the drone had hit the nearby tree causing it to spiral down towards the path of the racer.
Thankfully the rider suffered no broken bones, only ending up with a broken wheel, helmet and some road rash. The drone owner is said to have offered to buy the rider a new wheel and helmet but it's not clear if that's the end of it.
Best Black Friday cycling deals that will save you a fortune
Our ultimate guide on where and how make the most savings on the big discount deal day
By Hannah Bussey •
Remco Evenepoel set to compete in his first gravel race
After losing time on the gravel during the 2021 Giro d'Italia, is Evenepoel looking to step up off road?
By Ryan Dabbs •