2007 Old Pueblo Race Report

Short Story It was a dreamy ride for about 11:30 then not so dreamy.

Long Story

Our pit was awesome. Everybody brought a piece of the pie. We had perfect support, a pro mechanic and the best spot on the course. Josh did my support and Andy from Desert Cyclery was wrenching. Those guys were on me like a rash at pit stops and I was in and out like a flash. Thanks guys - you are pros. Thanks too to Brad who brought his camera and a ton of positive mojo into our pit.

Andy wrenched for me, Bernice, Dave, Fuzzy and helped out a whole bunch of folks. He can dial a bike like nobody else

By the end of the weekend his hands were hamburger.

My race went like a dream for the first half. I had an ambitious plan and was sticking it down perfectly. Every lap I was out there I ended up riding with some friends - Chris, Dave, Rayne, Fergy.

Here are two of my favorite boyz I had the pleasure of riding with for a while.

Then on my 10th lap about 11:30pm I took a corner too tight and fast and stuck my front wheel into a ditch. That one on the left just after the cattleguard and before the seven bitches. I glanced to the right to get a check on a guy passing me on the right in the corner instead of looking where I was going. My power file has me going 19.6 mph when I hit the dirt. No rolling, just smack and stick. The guy stopped and helped me up then we both got back on our bikes and rode. I finished out the lap about 14.3 miles and 1:28 which now seems like a crazy thing to have done. I kept saying to myself - this is gonna stop hurting in a minute like I had banged my elbow or something.

Once I stopped at the pit Josh had a look at it - luckily he is an EMT too - talked some sense into me and gave me a wee bit of comfort while I had a good cry. I do cry...

Right collar bone is shattered and left hand has significant damage too. Surgery on Monday.

The toughest part of all was taking off my sweaty sports bra. Those things are tough to get off on a good day let alone with a broken left hand and finger and broken right collarbone. That took me so close to my pain threshold I nearly shouted for Andy to come in with the scissors.

The silver lining was being able to watch Bernice put down 15 laps and pull off a 2nd place. She made me proud to be her coach. Dave rode in a strong 2nd too. Nice job guys.

So that's my OP story. No big pink clouds involved this time...

Published Wednesday, February 21, 2007 2:58 PM by Lynda


# @ Wednesday, February 21, 2007 4:03 PM

Dang lw - I wondered what happened to you. Around midnight, as far as I was concerned, you were the story of the race. According to the onsite race tracker, you and Tinker were both on lap 9. I don't know if it was right or not, but you were ahead of all other men - including David, and 2 up on all the ladies! You were unbelievable. I have been following you very closely ever since you kicked my butt in an ICUP SS race last year. That was a nasty little wash just past the cattleguard. I nearly did a header into it on one of my night laps as well. I knew it was there, I just forgot all about it. I really hope your recovery is short and I look forward to seeing you race again this summer.



# @ Wednesday, February 21, 2007 4:15 PM

Man LW you were smokein! So sorry you cought the collarbone.

Get well! Prayers and good vibes your way!

Bumming I'm not gonna be able to try a stuck your wheel =(


# @ Wednesday, February 21, 2007 4:26 PM

What? Both collar bones? Oh MAN!! I'm at a loss for words. Well, I did put a few here on your message board: http://www.lwcoaching.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=497

Heal well.


# @ Wednesday, February 21, 2007 5:56 PM


I'm really sorry to hear about your crash. I've been there and it sucks. Heal well...and you'll be back to kicking everyones butt in no time :-)


# @ Wednesday, February 21, 2007 6:25 PM

So sorry to hear about your crash! Yuck. I've been reading your blog for a while now and following your route to getting ready for the race.

Heal well.


# @ Wednesday, February 21, 2007 8:51 PM

Wow, sorry to hear about the injuries. That sure is a bummer but you are lucky that a crash that bad didn't do even more damage. Whew, that a lot of speed on impact!

But I now wonder if this broken collarbone is some werid training thing that you are Dave are trying out. ;-)

Seriously, get well, give it time to heal, take some rest and come back when you feel better - the races aren't going anywhere and will be waiting for you.


# @ Thursday, February 22, 2007 8:10 AM

As I followed your blog leading up to the race I fully expected to be reading the recap of how you put the "smack down" on all the other ladies and most of the men once the dust settled.
I sincerely hope your recovery is as quick as possible and that you are back in the saddle soon. Heal fast!

dave byers

# @ Thursday, February 22, 2007 3:36 PM

Lynda-Hate to hear what happened to you but love the fact your not letting it get you down. You'll laying the smack down on everybody really soon. I know it.