A cyclist was left hanging on to a bridge over a 30-foot drop after a “spectacular crash” sent his bike over the wall and into a dry creek bed below during the final sprint of the Santa Barbara County Road Race, Cat 3 on Saturday.
Peter Aquino, who finished 23rd in the race, captured footage of the scary moment when racers crashed and very nearly sent one racer to his death, or in the very least to the hospital with serious injuries:
The Carefast/Storck Cycling Team identified the lucky cyclist as its team rider and manager Mike Allec of Fullerton, California. It wrote on Facebook:
“Mike Allec was involved in a spectacular crash in the final sprint that left him hanging off of a bridge above a ravine (30ft below). We are very thankful for the outpouring support from many who were there and more importantly those that helped him off of the bridge.
“Words cannot express the gratitude for him being able to walk away from this with road rash, this could have ended much, much worse.”
Nathan Grill was getting ready for the next race when the incident occurred on the Santa Maria Mesa Road bridge near the start-finish line.
“This is absolutely insane,” Grill wrote on Facebook. “Words cannot describe how grateful I am that Mike Allec has cat-like reflexes and was able to grab on to that wall.”
Jordan Kohn claimed in comments on the YouTube video that he was rider No. 328 in the red kit. He said he suffered two fractured ribs, a punctured lung, a sprained shoulder and a bruised lower back muscle.
“Looks like I could’ve deviated to the left to avoid it, but large deviations of one’s line during a sprint are also a crash risk,” Kohn wrote.
While some criticized race organizers for having the finish line so close to a bridge, most commenters were simply glad Allec was OK and didn’t end up in the dry creek bed like his bike.
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