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BumbleBeeDave
03-15-2016, 07:12 PM
Holy crap . . .

http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/03/news/phil-zajicek-loses-arm-in-flagstaff-car-crash_398737

http://303cycling.com/Cyclist-Loses-Arm-by-Flatbed-Truck-Flagstaff-Road

I don't care if he WAS a doper. This is awful and best of luck to him. It sounds like he's lucky to be alive. Has anybody here ridden that road and might provide some insight?

BBD

ultraman6970
03-15-2016, 07:16 PM
Wow, hope he can get the arm reattached.

FlashUNC
03-15-2016, 07:18 PM
Flat bed truck....ugh....

mgm777
03-15-2016, 07:22 PM
I ride Flagstaff frequently. As a civilian(non-Pro) rider, I find the Flagstaff descent to be somewhat technical, with tight hairpin turns and steep grades, in some sections. As such, I typically don't accelerate to very high speeds because of the tight turns and traffic. There is nothing inherently dangerous about the accident location curve. I imagine running into a flat-bed trailer at any speed could result in some serious injuries. There is little to no shoulder on that section, and opposing traffic at that point, can be heavy. Good thoughts and prayers to the rider and his family.

bicycletricycle
03-15-2016, 07:22 PM
That is a real crap thing to happen on a ride.

Blown Reek
03-15-2016, 08:59 PM
Is it too early to talk about eTap?

Louis
03-15-2016, 09:00 PM
I think so.

pdmtong
03-15-2016, 09:21 PM
Saw him race - the team was on Parlee.

As bad as this is, the guy in RPV bombing Hawthorne died.

Folks without limbs lead amazing sporting lives let alone regular lives. My wife went to the paralympics in Beijing back in 2008. The stories she told upon return - a lot of those competitors would blow your mind.

Not saying will be easy - just saying should this happen to me I know my life isn't over.

tiretrax
03-15-2016, 11:52 PM
Very sad news. I hope he can make a full recovery and have a good life in his new situation. You can never be too careful on a ride. The scenario of round a corner and finding a parked car or a car descending a small rise and coming up on riders (which took the life of a friend and his mates) scares the cr@p out of me.

gdw
03-16-2016, 12:25 AM
That sucks. I live at the base of Flagstaff and have climbed and descended that road hundreds of times. I always found the climb to be more dangerous. Judging from the photo the area where the collision took place is one of the faster but safer sections.

ultraman6970
03-16-2016, 01:11 AM
In that type of roads, one turn not done right and you get caught by a vehicle going up. He could have died...

witcombusa
03-16-2016, 05:51 AM
Over the years I have seen some REALLY stupid stuff done on bicycles on that wonderful piece of road. Groups taking up way to much space riding 2 or 3 across on the climbs giving vehicle traffic no where to go in the hairpin turns which are mainly blind going in.
On the descents, it's even worse. Using the 'racing line' puts them directly into oncoming traffic over the center line. And speeds reached are both amazing and stupid at the same time. (gotta beat that Strava time!).

I do love that road EARLY in the morning before the masses head out for work.
Great way to start the day!

oldpotatoe
03-16-2016, 06:50 AM
Is it too early to talk about eTap?

???too early for any kind of humor..:butt:

nooneline
03-16-2016, 09:19 AM
???too early for any kind of humor..:butt:

I'm not sure if that's humor, but I didn't read it as such - I know that eTap, along with other electronic shifting, was discussed with gusto by some paracyclists - some of whom have to get creative with shifter setup (https://cyclingwithadisability.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/dscn0975.jpg)in order to accommodate a dominant side. And I know that some people were dismayed to learn that in order to execute a front shift one needed to use both hands - it completely ruled out the groupset for them.

Keith A
03-16-2016, 09:31 AM
...And I know that some people were dismayed to learn that in order to execute a front shift one needed to use both hands - it completely ruled out the groupset for them.I haven't read any info about eTap, but why would it take two hands to shift the front derailleur :confused:

sitzmark
03-16-2016, 09:40 AM
I haven't read any info about eTap, but why would it take two hands to shift the front derailleur :confused:

Right lever drops chain down cassette - high gears. Left lever moves chain back up - low gears. Both levers together toggles FD (from whatever position it currently resides in).

That said .... there are remote "nodes" that connect for TT and other applications which no doubt can be positioned for adaptive uses. eTap is actually a more complete solution for adaptive than any other.

CampyorBust
03-16-2016, 09:49 AM
I have done the decent on a mtb, very windy if memory serves me right, lots of hairpin turns. I can only imagine blasting down that on a road bike, very fast very dangerous. Hope this guy gets back on the bike.

oldpotatoe
03-16-2016, 10:59 AM
I have done the decent on a mtb, very windy if memory serves me right, lots of hairpin turns. I can only imagine blasting down that on a road bike, very fast very dangerous. Hope this guy gets back on the bike.

Lots of bike crashes on Flagstaff, varsity climb and descent. Glad he's alive but his life is changed hugely, forever. I wish a speedy recovery and know his family will be a great support for him.

oldpotatoe
03-17-2016, 11:17 AM
Update, Boulder paper reported this morning investigation showed he went over the centerline coming down, hit the left rear of the truck, sharp truck bed, injury. Really ugly all around. Not judging, just reporting their reporting. He has also been discharged but the paper wasn't sure if discharged or transferred to another hospital.

sitzmark
03-17-2016, 11:25 AM
Tragic and sad. Lots of things can go wrong when playing with gravity ... just the least little bobble, pebble, or gust of wind. Doesn't take much and I'm sure most all of us have been on the cusp at one point or another. Wishing him all the best and safe rides for everyone else.

Idris Icabod
03-17-2016, 11:33 AM
His dad works at the Trek store in Tucson, I've chatted with him a number of times, really nice and honest guy. I wish his son a speedy recovery.

pdmtong
03-17-2016, 01:26 PM
Update, Boulder paper reported this morning investigation showed he went over the centerline coming down, hit the left rear of the truck, sharp truck bed, injury. Really ugly all around. Not judging, just reporting their reporting. He has also been discharged but the paper wasn't sure if discharged or transferred to another hospital.

oh man. that is horrible. one minute you are flying along, the next you see you are about to hit. then you hit. now you are on the ground, look down at your body and uh-oh. horrible.

mgm777
03-17-2016, 02:35 PM
Update, Boulder paper reported this morning investigation showed he went over the centerline coming down, hit the left rear of the truck, sharp truck bed, injury. Really ugly all around. Not judging, just reporting their reporting. He has also been discharged but the paper wasn't sure if discharged or transferred to another hospital.

Heard from a guy who was in the group. Said he had too much speed in the lower right turn and crossed the centerline at the wrong time. The flat bed was diamond plated, which ultimately is what caused so much damage. Really unfortunate accident.

CunegoFan
03-21-2016, 05:25 PM
https://www.gofundme.com/helpphilzajicek