Rachel Atherton Car Crash Accident - Update

Jan 20, 2009 at 10:46
Jan 20, 2009
by Jordan Holmes  
 
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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.


Thanks to Fixtup For the video

Get well soon Rachel, we hope to see you out winning World Cups again asap.

Click here for the original story.

Update ( thanks hampsteadbandit)

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.

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254 Comments

  • + 53
 get well soon!
  • + 3
 another cause to interdict driving cars. Smile
get well soon.
  • + 10
 Holy shit, get well soon Rachel!
  • + 5
 Holy cow !
Get well soon Rachel Smile
  • + 1
 get well soon rachel! hope ur bk and fighting fit soon,
  • + 7
 Get Well soon Rach!

Im sure you'll win again this year Smile
  • + 49
 Cars are starting too really piss me off
2 top uk riders and almost taking down another
R.I.P Ben and Tom and get well soon rachel Wink
  • + 32
 hopefully she recovers as fast as she races !! get well soon
  • + 0
 fuckin a get better soon rach!
  • + 0
 I know this isn't the right time to be focusing on this but, I hate fucking cars running over cyclists.... Get well!! Hope you recover soon.
  • - 3
 how can this happen on april when its still january
  • + 2
 fuck man that was brutal..get well soon
  • + 4
 i don't know that Rach loves AC/DC. Smile Get well soon!
  • + 0
 its shit how the police report makes out that shes this really bad irrisponsible person because she wasnt wearing a helmet and 'just wasnt paying attension'. =\
  • + 37
 on the wrong side of the road and no helmet!! Silly rachel
  • + 2
 man that sucks hope u get better soon

man bad month so far first the two other guys (forget names) died in that car accedent and then this man that sucks

PS the date in the vid says April 18 2009...
  • + 23
 I don't see how in this case it was the cars fault. From everything that was said, and even from what she said, she wasn't paying attention, looked up, and there was the car. How is this the cars fault??
  • + 6
 get well soon and always were a helmet
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 First off All the best to rachel. However I'm going to have to agree with duhzonic. I love the way Rache says that she will never ride a road bike again. If you wear a helmet, ride on the right side of the road and forget the earphones, road biking is an safe & exellent way to stay in shape during the offseason. Just as when driving, the rules of the road still apply when road biking. As much as I am a fan of Rachel, I find this story has made her look irresponsible. I still wish her luck with healing, and I'm thankfull that the accident wasn't fatal.
  • - 21
 Can't blame her really. I mean they don't have lanes in downhill, so i can see why she got confused. Get well soon.
  • + 11
 ?? no lanes in downhill? Do you think DH riders are that igniorant to the world around them? lol
  • + 8
 ... I know I am...
  • + 11
 Ok, not wearing a helmet wasn't the smartest idea, but you do have to take into account that in the UK, you drive and cycle on a diff side of the road than a US, maybe thats why she was on the wrong side.. *senses neg props*
  • - 1
 plus in g-b they drive on the left side of the road so it could explain the reason she was in the wrong lane.
  • + 0
 exactly, she was on the proper side of the road. Anyway hopefully shell be back on the bike soon as she is one of the best bike riders on the planet at the moment
  • + 2
 Shit happens, lessons wil be learned.
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 I'm extremely surprised she wasn't wearing a helmet. Hope she's better soon however.
  • + 4
 True, but if I where in Britain I would take into acount that they drive on the oposite side. I'm sure she was well aware of that having seen videos of here driving in Whistler. Wow sorry being sort of an old grump! :lol
  • + 2
 TBH when in France I have no problems driving on the right, takes 2 minutes to get used to it and vice-versa. However riding on the roads on the opposite side to normal is totally weird and hard to get used to, I can't explain it but it is. Maybe something to to with being at the extreme left/right of the road?
  • + 5
 However Ipod on the road = taking your chances....
  • + 2
 good to see how lightly she takes the whole incident...very chill and in good humour....best thing you could ask for to heal faster..
  • + 4
 I consider myself a big fan of the Athertons but seriously... no helmet? This does make her look very irresponsible, and that sucks. It would have been much better for the incident to shed light on irresponsible drivers, not cyclists. Get well soon Rach
  • + 0
 Why? Everyone knows there are irresponsible drivers out there. It's the duty of a cyclist to be aware of this and be careful on the road because cars kill!
  • + 0
 shit she got off lucky considering she wasnt wearing a helmet. get better soon!
  • + 0
 i think there should be full face road helmets..now thats an something..
  • - 8
 I think bikers should be driving against the flow of traffic not with it!! At least if she had looked up she could have seen that the truck is going to hit here and then dodge it instead of just leaving it up to the dumb ass drivers. Some of them don't care about us at all and no one wants us to be biking anywhere the roads or the sidewalks. I always get looks from both party's. They need to have paths just for us or else everyone is going to be still be driving these gas wasting peaces of junk. At least went you drive facing the traffic you can see if the driver is going to hit you and then decide if you want to die, if you are facing with your back to the traffic you leave you life in there hands and personally I am so scared biking with the flow of traffic I have to check every car that goes by. I feel bad cus Rachel was not paying attention but she still would have gotten hit if she was on the other side of the road. But she wound not have seen it coming at all.
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 i got hit by a fucking car too, could have sued the person but didnt, i wud have my bike by now!
  • + 2
 soulda worn a helmet
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 I was shocked to see there that it was her fault for not being on the correct side of the road but the helmet thing is worse and you see in their podcasts they don't wear them, but they wear helmets for everything else, should be no exception especially with some of the bad drivers out there =/
  • + 0
 Get well, Rachel :-D
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 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.

Aptos



very lucky to get away with dislocated shoulder and facial injuries

healing vibes to ms. Atherton
  • - 9
 guess what dumbass, the wrong side is the CORRECT side for bikers.
  • + 6
 no for bikers u are supposed to ride with the flow of trafficits when u are walkingon the road that ur supposed to walk on the wrong side, i know i had a run in with the cops for going too fast down a walking path.....apperently i was goin 30 wen the limit for bikers was 20(no speedometer on my bike)......but i did learn form that cause i had stated that cars kept honking and yelling at me to get off the F*cking road.....and i knew that side walks were off limits, the cop said quote on quote"Cyclist's are to ride with the the flow of traffic, and it's up to the motorist to go around you." so yea any way get well soon!!!!!
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 I think bikers should be driving against the flow of traffic not with it!! At least if she had looked up she could have seen that the truck is going to hit here and then dodge it instead of just leaving it up to the dumb ass drivers. Some of them don't care about us at all and no one wants us to be biking anywhere the roads or the sidewalks. I always get looks from both party's. They need to have paths just for us or else everyone is going to be still be driving these gas wasting peaces of junk. At least went you drive facing the traffic you can see if the driver is going to hit you and then decide if you want to die, if you are facing with your back to the traffic you leave you life in there hands and personally I am so scared biking with the flow of traffic I have to check every car that goes by. I feel bad cus Rachel was not paying attention but she still would have gotten hit if she was on the other side of the road. But she wound not have seen it coming at all.
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 how does the make any logical sense????just because u are paranoid doesn't mean u have to go demanding the laws be changed!!!!!!so what is pplz ion cars yell at u bigg deal, one of these times they are gonna yell at a bicycle cop and get theirs asses i big fat ticket!!!!!!!!!!just use common sense, if its busy on the roads, WALK on the side walk...........I'm not about to go into the logistics of why your theory is absolutely retarded but you really need to think before you open your mouth, NO ONE CARES that u are paranoid and don't like riding on the road!!!!!if your so chicken shit to riding on the road why do u bike?????the chance of you getting run over by a car is about the same chance of you breaking you neck doing a no footer, if u stay off to the side and only use turn lanes when necessary u WONT be run over
  • + 0
 Logical sense? Just because it is the law, doesn't make it automatically logical! It is ass-backwards if you ask me, putting your blind faith in someone else...no thanks. You ever break the rules, considering you won't even when asked to increase the risk to yourself?
  • + 0
 small minded people have nothing else but the law to live by.. they are too incompetent to think for them selves..like NWray.. Wink
maybe he never was passed by a car who's driver is switching the radio channel whille litting a cigarette.. leaving 30cm of space between the parked cars and the him..looking up seeing the biker.. avoiding a crash by yanking the steering wheel almost killing pedestrians walking on the SIDE walk.. with the action taken...
and you dont yell at bicycle cops.. unless you are a complete retard like U NWay Cool
  • + 0
 ok.....ur saying that ur blindly putting ur life in some one else's hands right????arnt u dont that any time u get in your car and go some where???hows about wen you going down the 401 wat happens wen a transport trucks brakes blow out and ur in its way?????????i would u dam near fked, sure he honks but by the time u take and look there is a transport truck using u/ur car as a grill ornament, moral of the story here is, risk management; wen ur out road biking..> dont listen to ur ipod in both ears, pay attention to where ur going, and lastly periodically look behind u like u do in your car, periodically u check ur mirrors,
  • + 1
 dont have a car mate.. Wink and we dont have a 401.. i rode motorcycle for 2 years.. and most car drivers are simply plain stupid.. what to do when our society lives on transport and even the biggest retards need to get somewhere ? right ..unless we make subways every where we are all in danger..
you should not road bike.. or do it on the race course and not the road ,, same as the cops send us away while riding street.. do it in a park.."were you supposed to) and to say honest riding fully on your music is nice but indeed not too smart.. but heey i do it too some times.. so a little understanding is here... U C ?
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 Nothing is said about truck driver !? I wouldn't hit rachel with Gee & Dan around !! Wink
have a good recovery rachel, get well soon !
Good luck all Atherton family, you Rock !!!
  • + 2
 She hit him as much as he hit her. I'd love to side with Rachel, but by the sound of it (including her description) the driver was trying to get out of HER way. A lot of people are ragging on this driver (given, most drivers are a*sholes to cyclists)but I gotta say I'm super disappointed by Rachel's lack of a helmet more than anything. Shes a PRO athlete and a role model and she can't look out for her own brain? Oh, and the whole "They drive on the other side of the road in England" argument is stupid. They are not dumb and I think you'd figure out quick when cars are not coming up behind you.
  • + 0
 i agree with the no helmet comment, but as for the "They drive on the other side of the road in England" argument, i can understand her doing that, one of my dad's freinds went to england and a couple minutes after he left the airport, he got on the road, looked the wrong way and bam! He spent his whole vacation in the hospital.
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 I know im gonna get slaughtered for this post but i just can't believe she wasn't wearing a helmet, She is a sponsored professional bike rider. She probably gets given helmets for free, and should be setting an example for other riders who look up to her. Anyway rant over. Get well soon rach
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 I can't believe she's irresponsible enough to go out without a helmet, and it surprises me her sponsors even let her out the house without one on. Not just in consideration of her safety and protecting their 'asset' but also the missed advertising opportunity (look at Gee wearing an AnimalComical tshirt in the vid). She's had big stacks before in DH and been roughed up, she should know the importance of safety equipment, and to set an example to her throngs of fans.

It doesn't say how she was listening to her music, but the impression is she had both ears plugged with some raging tunes, head down, which has further led to her demise. Not only has it prevented her hearing the traffic around her but possibly also the shouts from her brothers as to her lapse in navigation veering in to the incorrect lane. If you listen to music it's one ear only, and the curb-side one. Always.

I wish Rachel all the best, I'm a big fan of her racing, her achievements, and what she's doing for our country on the World Stage, as well as raising women's sports profile. However, she has to wise up. Riding on the road is a dangerous game, even if you have many years experience behind you. As a first-time novice, she should have known better herself, and should have been better advised by her team, and family.

Get well soon Rach.
  • + 1
 Oh, yes I have had an altercation with a car with a similar outcome; a broken and dislocated left humerus. I was thrown several yards through the air and landed on my head and shoulder (similar to Rachel, only I hit the road as it was a side-swipe). The helmet saved my life.

Remember kids, stay in school and always wear a helmet when riding.
  • + 1
 And dont do drugs!

Seriously i agree with what your saying that she should have been wearing a helmet - i almost feel more need to wear one on the road than downhilling (i do wear one for both) but at least when in the woods there is trees and squidgy mud and grass - on the road it is concrete with huge lumps of metal travelling towards you rather fast! rather more scary and dangerous than downhill mush!
  • + 0
 Above post was from Crudmunch NOT Chazdog - account confusion - signed in on wrong account! so if you think he was just contradicting himself he wasnt!
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 get well soon rachy baby! x
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 that is one tough chick...but...them popping her shoulder back in was dumb as hell...if she had fractured one of the vertebrae in her neck and they had started wrangling with her shoulder they could have paralyzed her. but it all worked out so cheers
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 ^ are you stupid? Helmets are pointless for road riding? I never leave my driveway without wearing a helmet. I road and mountain bike and have had spills on both bikes. Not wearing a helmet is asking for trouble. And they weren't making her look like the bad guy. They explained that the accident was her fault. She was looking down at the bars and drifted into oncoming traffic. I feel sorry for the driver of the truck who tried to avoid her. Obviously it sucks that a fellow cyclist is hurt but that's why you wear necessary protective gear and pay attention at all times. We all make mistakes and unfortunately hers got her injured. I hope she recovers quickly!!
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 Healing Vibes! ~~~~~~~~
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 this is indeed a bad time for british DHers, two in a car crash and now rach, i hope see gets well to shred another day
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 WTF? I love RA like the next guy but what was she thinking? No helmet... the wrong side of the road? Get well but get a clue while you're at it. All you people that are going to flame me, you get a clue too!
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 Not so much that Road Bikes are the Devil as it is cars not being alert. I have to admit, Ive changed a cd before, sent a text message, or talked on the phone or done something stupid and swerved and just glad I didn't KO a road rider or hiker!!! I bit the road on a road bike in the middle of the street and almost got smoked by some looser who just waited for me to move out of his way didn't even ask if I was ok or help me... I retired from Road Riding that day! GET WELL SOON RACHEL!!
  • + 21
 it says that she was listening to so AC/DC while riding? Riding a roadie and listening to an MP3 doesn't seem so smart if ya ask me. I know im gonna get slammed for this...but it sounds like she wasn't paying attention to the road as much as she could have been. I rode a roadie for 8 years and slammed over one hood....no MP3 stuck in my ears....just a blind hill. When youre riding the roadie on the pavement, you are on the bottom of the totem pole as far as vehicles in crashes go. youre always going to lose. Just makes sense to me that you would do all you could to minimize yer risk....we all know there's enough space cadets driving cas and trucks out there....throwing on an MP3 just seems to magnify yer risks....I hope she comes out of this ok and is able to ride hard again....she's lucky she's alive.
  • + 5
 agreed, but i ride the rode a lot and theres been so many cases where drives have intentionally buzzed us. Most of the time they role down the window give us the finger and scream that we don't pay taxes, which doesn't make sense at all because 99.9% of the time we have cars (so yeah we do pay taxes). sorry just releasing some anger...
  • + 0
 yeah i've had that it's pretty lame how people will pick on you just because you're on a bike. I'm never sure whether to shout abuse or not...mainly because car wins over bike most times...
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 Yeah the whole "IPOD thing" I don't get. Must we always have music blasting in our ears. Who knows maybe if she wouldn't have had been listening to her IPOD she would have heard the car coming and might have looked up and been like, WTF, I about to get my butt run over, and moved over. I wonder if she was listening to "Highway to Hell"? Hmmm?

A lady in the city I live in, was out biking, with her IPOD and didn't hear A TRAIN BARRELING TOWARD HER with full on horns blasting!! What the hell was she listening to?? She crossed at a crossing and needless to say she didn't make it to the other side. I see college girls at the local college walking at night next to wooded areas listening to their IPOD. Any freak could sneak up behind them and drag them into the woods. Hey im in America, that shit happens ya know? Anyways people need to take their earphones out of their ears and join society, before they get run over, or killed by something or someone they could have noticed if they weren't listening to their IPOD. Oh ya AC/DC rocks lol.
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  • + 7
 It sucks to see such a great rider get hurt, get better soon.
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 Lots of judgemental people! In my opinion, we are all guilty, if not of riders, as driver's or otherwise of lapsing our concentration at times, especially when she is as comfortable riding as she is, think she has learnt her own lessons, discussion on blames not neccesary. Get well soon to the hottest, fastest and a huge character on the circuit!
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 'It moves a little bit and then Kerdunk! its back in!' LOL! Get better soon Rach!
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 it nice to know tht your own brother is thinking the worsest when u get wit by a truck i bet she fels loved lol faviroute rider of all time and i hope she recovers soon and love to she her back on th dh track crazy red necks and there trucks lmao
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 when i first so this article i was like 'oh my god' and i was properly shocked, but I'm relieved to see shes okay riding on roads is like suicide most times, in the occasions when i ride on them to get to trails and stuff, i shit myself every time a car goes by get well soon
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 Dont blame the IPOD i listen to mine everytime i go ride'n.I will stress one thing and that is u have to be aware of your surroundings at all times weather or not you have music in or not.But i clearly agree it was ALL HER FAULT.
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 Oh My! that was a terrible accident! I can see her chin bone from her wound Frown
I am just glad he recovered to compete again. I handled a similar case
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 Oh My! that was a terrible accident! I can see her chin bone from her wound Frown
I am just glad he recovered to compete again. I handled a similar case in a a href="http://www.injury-settlement-guide.com/nevada-personal-injury-attorneys.html">nevada personal injury attorneys/a> office and the victim was awarded a huge sum of settlement.
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 I wish Rachel a swift recovery and I am a fan of anyone who rides a bike, especially with as much skill as the Atherton family.

That said, Rachel got what she asked for.

For your reference, don't barrel downhill around corners without a helmet on on the wrong side of the road with earbuds in blasting music. You might get hurt.

Maybe this will convince Rachel Giro deserves $100 of her winnings. She should never be seen without a brain bucket anyway because she is a role model for children, especially young women.

My 2 cents.
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 I heard of this crash but just now read the whole story. get better rachel!!!! helmets are made with you in mind, not trying to nag you, but wear one. Good luck on the recovery
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 Those darn authorities. I strongly diagree with following the law on this on, infact, it has always torqued me! F riding on the right, "where it is legal" I ain't ever going to get ran over without seeing it coming first! At least she had time to swerve twice trying to avoid the collision, but her fault? Welcome to America...where those driving 2000 pounds of metal have no accountability.
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 omg! hope she gets better
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 I'm telling you riding roadies is even more dangerous than riding DH or FR... I know too many guys getting into Accidents with cars. Hope your wounds will heal fast Rachel...
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 I hope she is going to be okay.. Though i do find it weird how these pictures of her totally fubared are put up for everyone to see.. if i was her i wouldnt be happy.. not that i would be too concerned about it at the moment.
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 I read about this on the Atherton website earlier, and there are a few pics on there to. Poor girl. Get well soon Rachel!
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 Even though Rachel beat the crap out of a pickup truck she still looks great. Banged up a lot but in great spirits from the sounds of it. A trooper if you ask me! I send you all my healing vibes Rachel and I look forwward to see you race when you get better.
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 Get well soon Rach. I see the Helmet Brigade are at it again! It wouldnt have saved her shoulder. Thing's Like this just happen. Could have been anybody but it's only important when it happens to a star.
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 i must say you are mighty lucky, sadly the same thing happened to me except i was in a small race a week before canadian nationals tri race. I had just began the bike portion and a old man tried to squeeze through the course cutting me off and caused me to fly over the windsheild, somehow i was lucky and god was on i side. I suffered to blown knees but after 4 years i have quit riding because i just am not able to but ya take what you can get. so hope for you to get better soon
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 fuck cars i know someone who got hit by one i was with him the car didnt even look
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 correction, DRIVERS who are retarded
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 Get well soon Rach!!!! Once again here is a classic and stupid episode of how laws are backward. When you're old enough you can drink... When you're old enough you can drive... When you're old enough you can vote... And Finally, When you're old enough you dont have to wear a helmet anymore... That is a fucking dumb ass law... How does someone age make them any less vulnerable to serious injury!!!!
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 i hope u get well soon rachel. wanna see u win some more world cup racesSmile
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 i personallly blame the road bike, but dam it she is the best girl rider EVER!
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 The big man was looking after you Rache, People have died causing that much damage to 4x4 windscreens, lets hope it hasn't done long term damage to your shoulder, Get well soon sweets
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 SO does anyone know if "Highway To Hell" was the song she was listening to?
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 Everyone thinks DH is so dangerous. But look at what happens road riding. get well.
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 even if she was wearing a helmet it wouldnt have stopped the dislocated shoulder!! A helmet for DH and freeride definitely but honestly if you hit a car on the road a plastic crash helmet does F all. But most importantly Rach is OK and will wear BIG shoulder pads next time!
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 ...... what the f*ck are you on about. If she had landed on her head she would have died before the ambulance got to her. And if you think that helmets do f*ck all on the road, why bother wearing one through a rock garden when downhilling? After all, by your logic, it'll do f*ck all....
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 quote: stewartluxton: "...but honestly if you hit a car on the road a plastic crash helmet does F all."

You are so wrong. But if I had to explain it, you STILL wouldn't understand. Get to the back of the short-bus.
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 stewartluxton wtf are u on about, any helmet is going to help protect the head, some better than others yeah. you are french though
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 Scary...was she listen'n to Highway to hell??Glad to see U R alright,coulda been a hell of alot worse.Hurry an get your ass back on your ride Rachel we r all pull'n for ya.
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 i know how it feels- i got decked by a car while trying to cross a pedestrian crossing. albeit, i didnt wreck my bike or break the windshield, but the lady tried to make me a hood ornament. hope you have a speedy recovery
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 Listening to AC/DC? That's part of the problem right there in my opinion. She probably would've heard the truck coming if she wasn't listening to music.
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 AC/DC is not too bad. Maybe a little better music choice could have avoided the problem. Smile
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 Well I meant that she shouldn't listen to music on the road...but you're right...maybe a little Zep instead haha
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 Yeah, I'm just trying to make light of the moment a bit. If she's alright then it's ok, and of course all the best in healing.
Smile That's what you get when you listen to Highway To Hell! Zep might be ok as long as in this situation it's not stairway to heaven! haha
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 haha, didn't think of it that way haha
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 Can anyone find a post above that absolves Rachel of all guilt that WASN'T written by a teenager?

Listen kiddies, life isn't one big XBox game of no consequences and bad spelling. One by one, you will find out that every person you love and every hero that you look up to is simply another human with failings.
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 She's got a will of steel. Good to see she's still looking on the bright side of things! Good luck in recovery and 2009, ill be watching!
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 umm... it wasent the drivers fault.... it was hers. She listen at music while riding and didnt pay attention. And then around the corner the car came.
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 REALY HOPE U GET BETTER SOON UR AN AWSOME RIDER AN A INSPARATION TO ALL RIDERS
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 wow thats crazy hope she gets better
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 she is so luky to be alive. but get well soon...... i new road bikin was more dangerous than dh lol
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 she still looks hot even when smashed up lol get well soon Rachel!!!
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 I don't usually pay attention to anything on the homepage but this really got my attention, I hope you make a good recovery and are back on the bike soon!
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 Road riding would be knarley when your on the wrong side of the road and no helmet,hard lesson to learn, Get well soon all the same
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 Hot little ass, this Rachel girls' got... Smile
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 Get well soon Rach! Brits for the win! (Again!) Bet the driver was aiming for you, trying to injure the compotition. Ahhh only joking, get well soon!
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 aye get well soon, seems odd that the driver swerved twice.. but whats important is she's gonna be ok. see you at fort bill !!
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 well i know from experience in racing, shifter karts and winged sprint cars that its ur automatic reaction that if u swerve the same way as a spinning car u swerve the other way, some times u fk up and hit the spinning car, same thing happend here......she was obv. in the zone and just riding according to habit, the fact she was listening to her ipod didn't help, if she wasn't listening to the music she would have known the truck was coming just by sound......i know im prob gonna get neg props for this but w/e
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 I made a point in the other post that the driver may possibly have been an experienced motorbike rider (his Ford badge was replaced with an Arai badge, which is a little weird, considering the circumstances), so he may have done the same thing.
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 Rach We all hope for a speedy recovery and we hope you come back better than ever. get well soon
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 I hope o get well soon Rachel...U're a legend...
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 April 2009 ?? wtf, I hope she "ll be back on track as soon as possible and never ride again on the wrong side US is god daim opposite Smile
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 No helmet, wrong side of the road... She's lucky to be alive. Formalities aside, I wish her a speedy recovery.
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 get well rachel!! adleast she is alive
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 i can understand if she would never ride a road bike again... Get well soon!
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 Get well soon and rock the slops
Road bikes = danger (usually 4x4 drivers)
But remember kids look up to role models
so wear a helmet
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 I love biking. I love sports. I love life. Rachel girl to recover soon. We hope your ok downhill. God bless their drills and allow more wins in his career. I love you!
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 anyone notice at the start of the video it says april 2009 when its january 2009?
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 they prob fked up....or maybe this happened in 08 and we just didn't find out about it lol jks prob just a mistake in editting
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 No man, RAchel is so fast, she rode into the future! For real.
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 hope you get well soon Rachel! Best wishes from www.hob-moers.de ROCKN ROLL RACHEL!
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 get well soon . you would like to think that a pro would wear a helmet whilst riding really. but never mind, get well soon
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 Get well soon Rachel!!
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 "i'll never ride a road bike again, ever"

amen to that! good to see shes taken it well and can still pop out the jokes.

get well soon rach!
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 that sucks really bad!!!! hope you get well soon Rachel
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 Rachel now you now that making a 40 foot road gap i way savier than riding a road bike Wink get well soon ! biking Poland is with you
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 she wasnt wearing a helmet, tisk tisk tisk, and she rides downhill, she should know better. but best of luck!!
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 Damn, hope that shoulder heals up good Rach.
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 Hope she gets better soon!
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 Seeing the impact, she is pretty lucky to have a 'small' injury and, most of all, still be alive!
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 thats crazy hope u get well soon
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 shit me she is awesome, no girls are like tha, well maybe a few.
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 thats fucked up how the calicrew is trying to blame it all on rachel fuck that shit. shes one tough ass beezzy
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 It is ALL her fault. It cant get anymore her fault. She was ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!!!! Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelo???
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 jaysin2010, dhsami is 15 years of age. He's never smashed his balls on his seat 'cause they haven't dropped that far yet. I had a look at a few of the profiles of those that are writing such ignorant crap and they are all teenagers.
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 i really hope she is back to her usual self by april for the first stop on the world cup so fingers crossed...
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 Get well soon Rachel :inlove:
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 se got it lucky with just a dslocated shoulder most peps would be dead from a crash like dat! get well soon
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 get well soon rach!!!
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 wow, Rachel KO'd the truck's windshield! anyways get well soon!
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 thats savage she was so lucky get well soon.
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 Holy Shit! Glad you're somewhat alright Rachel. Road riding is beat!
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 apparently this video knows that this accident will happen on the 18th of April.
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 they said january 18th
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 i hope she gets back on her feet soon so that she can shred the gnar once again.
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 i hope that she gets back on her feet again so that she can shred the gnar once again.
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 wow, that sucks ass, hope she gets better
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 hey rachel please get well soon! i would like to see you again kickin some ass in NWD!
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 We are all with you Rachel!!!!!!
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 Get back to us soon rachel! Sickest downhiller girl I know! Good luck!
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 was it just me or did the vid say april 19, 09? typo? get better soon!
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 Yeah, the video says april 18th haha. I noticed that to, whatever.
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 SORRY, it was late when the video was made, after a long day : )
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 haha no worries
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 she is the coolest person ever, especially in person. get better soon
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 she should have use full-face helmet
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 hahaha i love her attitude. rock on!
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 tough girl and a bit of luck in there too, get well, keep your head up!
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 get well dam it u r tougher than check norris
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 i love the way she thinks, and that accident was really HARSH
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 YEAH! "I'll never ride a road bike again!"


Stay on the trails!
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 holy crap i hope she gets better soon thats brutal
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 Glad this did not turn out the other way .....Speed your recovery dear
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 she wasn't wearing a helmet and was on the wrong side of the road....it was her fault...
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 get well soon rach
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 in GB they ride on the opposite lane, im sure that was it...
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 I'm originally from the UK, but I've never ridden on the wrong side since moving to the US 2 years ago. I also recently started riding road bikes (as a cross-season training aid) and when I do, I normally have an MP3 player on. It just makes me use my eyes a lot more; I'm checking over my shoulder more often too. Finally, to any a*shole who thinks that cyclists should ride AGAINST traffic? WTF? When I drive, I'm sick of trying to dodge the retards who ride against traffic, but 2' out from the curb! When you ride a bike you have the same rights as a car BUT YOU HAVE TO OBSERVE THE SAME RULES TOO AND THAT MEANS RIDING THE RIGHT DIRECTION! Too bad Rachel didn't have a helmet on - poor show for such an accomplished and high-profile rider.
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 "When you ride a bike you have the same rights as a car"

exactly, so thats why she hit the car. and the fact u never ridden on the wrong side doesn't mean anything to this situation.
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 spawny, your post makes no sense. when you have the same rights as a car you HAVE to stay on the correct side of the road. Rachel was at fault here which means that on top of her hospital bills, she'll probably have to pay for the damage caused to the driver's truck...same as a car driver would have to.
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 Damm! Get well soon Rachel!
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 get well soon racheal hope to see u shreddin fort bil lthis year
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 Hope you recover soon Rach!
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 Get Well soon, and hope you are ok. Prayers to you.
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 get well soon, stay off the road
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 get better soon, y no sound ???? lame
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 get well soon damn sunday drivers....
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 hold in there, get better soon
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 Cervelo still looks good - its rideable isn't it?
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 well considering its only the fork and head tube that snapped i would say they are pretty much bullet proof for a road bike
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 hope she get back to the norm soon, get well rachel
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 Hope you have a fast recovery...
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 i never ride wid soundz on
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 I take it the car was in her lane? The article never said.
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 yes it did say, she was listening to music, and not paying attention. she was in the trucks lain, remember shes a brit they drive on the other side of the road, she was obv riding according to havbit
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 well yes it does say, its been updated since original post.
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 Best wishes Rachel, get well soon. Smile
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 Good luck with the recovery Smile
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 Hope you have a very fast recovery take care rachel
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 get well soon hopefully bak in 2 months lyk u siad...
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 get well soon Rachel
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 Get well soon lasse, we'll see you on the podium again!
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 hope the injuries aren't too bad!
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 get well soon and by the way u r prob the best womens dh rider ever
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 I wish I was half that tough, get well soon and keep pushing it!
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 Its all good Rachel guys dig scars to.
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 Get well soon! damn road bikes,
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 get well soon
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 get well strong girl.
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 poop that sux feel better
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 Wow, get well soon.
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 "the woman" dam man she deserves sum respect
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 All the best and a speed recovery.
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 get well soon, rachel!
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 anybody else notice that the video says april ... and its only january?
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 Yeahh!! Get well soon Big Grin
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 Woah, get well soon.
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 AC/DC Rules!!
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 get better soon
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 GET WELL SOON!!!!
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 HARDCORE rach- thats a total bummer silly truck drivers, its totally not her fault, get better soon!
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 I hope she get's well soon,
but I otherwise think it is absolutely her fault. Downhiller like to think roadbiking is pussy-stuff and they don't need a helmet, but that's sadly not true. I'm downhiller but I sometimes go roadbiking, and had a few bad crashs, all with a helmet. And going on the wrong lane in america is just stupid. She shouldn't stop roadbiking for training, just wear a helmet next time. And go slower in a corner =)
I hope we see her completely fit in the worldcup next year!!
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 or maybe let me see WATCH THE FREAKING ROAD
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 Get Well Soon Rachel
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 Arest the guy who hit her he or she was clearly drunk
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 never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever buy a roady again!
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 get better soon
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 what the hell is up with so many bad drivers lately?!
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 ass the article said....IT WAS HER FKIN FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 yeah get well soon mahhnn x
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 rachel, if you need some help in the shower... just mail me!
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 they were in a hurry to get the vid up
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 Actually we dont know what side of the road the accident was on.
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