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Zappi's Pro Cycling: James Hill's Rider Blog- Road Rash

Caution- Article contains graphic images of road rash injury!

On Monday, we set out on a five-hour ride, inland of the coastal town of Tavira in Southern Portugal, where we are based for the first three months of 2015. The ride consisted of long steady climbs and descents on quiet roads with good road surfaces. By far the highlight of the ride was the incredible views out towards the sea. Moments like this are why we ride bikes!

The day after moral was high after the great ride the day before. Everyone knew in the back of their minds that it was going to be a difficult six-hour day in the saddle. The plan was to ride to and do max-out efforts up the Alto do Malhao, a 3km climb with an average gradient of 12%, and used as a stage finish in the Volta ao Algarve every year. In contrast to the day before most of the day would be spent on busy dual carriageways.

One hour into the ride we were all motor pacing behind the car on a dual carriageway coming out of Faro. I was at the back of the group of eight riders when the rider in front of me hit the brakes and swerved. I couldn't react fast enough and touched his back wheel and hit the tarmac. I got up immediately, worried that a car would hit me from behind. Luckily nothing was coming so I walked over to my bike which was laid in the middle of the outside lane. I picked the bike up and walked to the side of the road, leant the bike up and sat on the metal barrier lining the outside of the carriageway. It was now time to assess the damage.

First, me; several patches of road rash and bruising on my hands, a painful cut on the end of one of my fingers and some road rash on my knee. Next, the bike; the front brake had moved and was touching the front wheel and one of the brake levers was bent inwards. So I had come of ok and my Planet X bike had come of brilliantly. So I quickly sorted out the bike and reluctantly climbed back on with just under five hours and the Malhao still to ride. The day had just turned from difficult to being miserable. All I could do was think about the great ride the day before.

4 February 2015

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  • Ross J
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    Man up, it's only a scratch.

  • Rob H
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    Hope your ok Jim ....... but seriously you checked yourself before the bike !!!! Trust you got back on. All the best Rob