On October 19th, my friends Steve Clark and Phil Schweizer had ridden up Mt. Herman road, then north on Rampart Range road, on their way to the old airplane wreck. About a mile north of the intersection, on a narrow stretch of the road, a south-bound Tahoe hit Steve.
He was air-evacuated to Penrose Main Hospital in Colorado Springs. He suffered from multiple injuries, including a crushed chest, punctured lungs, broken leg, severely damaged thigh, and bleeding on the brain.
While Steve has a long, long, long way to go, in the last few days they have decreased his sedation and it appears that the lights are on and Steve is home. We are grateful that he is alive, and ask that you pray with us for a full recovery.
To all who ride, whether on the roads or single-track--this is a risky sport. While for many of us, that is part of the appeal, our families deserve that we minimize risks, think safety, and ride defensively. A Leadville 100 cohort, Sergio, recently quit commuting in Miami--just too risky. When you listen to Phil tell the story of seeing Steve lying there on the side of the road, you realize how quickly a fun day can turn to tragedy.
I am a big believer in the Road ID buy here. Get one today and wear it everytime you ride. When I broke my ribs I didn't have my wallet, but since I had my insurance info on my Road ID, I was admitted to the ER without a hitch. While you're at it, be sure and tell someone where you'll be riding and when you'll be back.
I am going to find out more about bicycle advocacy here in Colorado. I hope you'll do the same where you live.