Rachel Atherton was involved in a head on collision with a pickup truck while out on a casual training road ride on January 18th. The current World Champion has had a few days to recover and figure out what happened, so here is a small video updating us on how the accident happened.
Heal up Rachel! - Video Inside
On January 18th Rachel Altherton was out enjoying the inaugural road bike ride on her fully carbon Cervelo road bike. Rachel recalls rounding a corner listening to some AC/DC, looking up and seeing the pickup truck coming towards her. After a quick stutter Rachel decided to swerve to the right, but the truck did the same movement. Rachel switched it up to the other side, and the truck followed quickly, and the last thing Rachel recalls is seeing the grill coming at her.
Rachel's legs took the brute of the force, forcing Rachel onto the hood, and into the windshield. She shattered the windshield on the truck, and was instantly in pain. Brother Gee recalls seeing his sister laying on the ground in front of this pickup truck, and recalls thinking to himself that he had lost his sister. After noticing she was still alive, and in a massive amount of pain, brothers Gee and Dan had to act quickly.
Rachel requested that her dislocated shoulder be put back into place as to not further injure her shoulders. Gee jokingly said he had "seen her in worse condition, but not by much". Rachel's biggest concern at the time of the video was being shot while she looked so horrible.
Rachel was shocked to see the damage that was done to her brand new Cervelo road bike. The front rim was wrecked, the steer tube was broken off the carbon fork, and still in the stem. Everything else was functional, however, Rachel doubts she will ride a road bike again for a long, long time (if ever).
Rachel has had surgery on both her shoulders prior to this, so extensive or long term damage is unknown. By the time you read this Rachel will be planning to have an MRI done, and hopes to get back on the steed asap.
latest Police report says she was on the wrong side of the road when truck hit her, her bad, no helmet either....
Bicyclist injured in accident
A 21-year-old woman was flown to an out-of-county trauma center after being hit by a pickup while riding her bicycle around noon Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol. She was not wearing a helmet.
The woman, visiting from Britain, was biking northbound in the southbound lanes of Amesti Road just south of Browns Valley Road. She was riding with friends when she was hit, CHP officer A. Voorhees said.
"The exact cause of the crash is under investigation but basically she was on the wrong side of the road," Voorhees said. "She was with a group of riders and was the first to leave the closure at Amesti, came around the curve and drifted into the opposing lane."
The woman crashed into the windshield on the passenger side and suffered a dislocated shoulder as well as some cuts to her face, according to CalFire Capt. Tony Arnold.
The woman was conscious and breathing when medics responded.
"She just wasn't paying attention," Arnold said.
Traffic in the area was blocked for about 20 minutes, the CHP reported.