Video: Spectator & Rider Collide in Canary Islands Race

Oct 25, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
Warning: Graphic content


A video has emerged showing a rider and a spectator colliding at the finish line of a race on El Hierro in the Canary Islands.

The crash happened at the Cicloturista Condaca Salmor event on Saturday at around 2:45pm in the town of Frontera. The video shows spectators moving around the road to get a better view of the approaching riders but one woman moves too late and walks straight into the path of an oncoming rider. Finish line barriers are in place but most spectators appear to be in front of them and encroaching on the road. The video of the crash has been circulating on local WhatsApp groups and Reddit and was shared over the weekend by CanarianWeekly.

Emergency services have reported that the cyclist suffered a moderate head injury and was taken to a local hospital for routine observation, while the woman is reported to be in a ‘serious condition’ and has been transferred to Tenerife (a separate island in the Canaries) due to the severity of her injuries.

A statement from the emergency services said, “An injured cyclist in El Hierro has been taken to hospital following a collision with another person.

“The information we received was that the cyclist had run over another person during a sporting event. The cyclist appeared from a first evaluation to be suffering from non-serious head injuries.

“The woman who had been knocked over was treated at the scene by medical services covering the event.

"A police investigation into the incident is underway.”

We hope both parties make a full recovery from their injuries and that this serves as a lesson to other races that courses should be adequately marshalled and taped to prevent more shocking incidents like this in the future.

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336 Comments

  • 417 3
 Infuriating to watch
  • 145 4
 Bet once she wakes up she won’t make that mistake again.
  • 21 42
flag mininhi (Oct 25, 2021 at 6:58) (Below Threshold)
 if it was a road race though...
  • 122 81
 This 100% the organizers fault. Where were the course marshals ffs? Those people should never have been able to congregate at the finish like that.
  • 66 3
 @Bikedude666: that’s the thing…can’t leave these idiots to their own decisions, just asking for problems
  • 38 52
flag cxfahrer (Oct 25, 2021 at 8:15) (Below Threshold)
 I just don't understand the stupidity of the organizers.
I have seen some badly taped courses, and low hanging trees. But not a single fence or tape at the finish?
This is a shame for the organizers, even in such far out place like El Hierro.

I hope she has a fast and full recovery, this is at least a bad concussion if not more.
  • 21 36
flag aaronjb (Oct 25, 2021 at 8:17) (Below Threshold)
 Yes, agreed. Infuriating that the race organizers didn't consider safety when staging the finish line.
  • 286 5
 @Bikedude666: don't blame someone else for this ladies mistakes. Adults know what they should and shouldn't be doing.
  • 23 2
 @Pickles484: exactly, the article itself says the finish line area was taped/had barriers, but this group was farther up the road
  • 15 2
 @Pickles484: It's her husband.
  • 10 6
 @Pickles484: doesn’t change the fact that stupidity’s impact on events like this can be mitigated.
  • 80 2
 @Bikedude666: I mean, 100%? That lady just walked the f out there. Sure the organizers could have done a much better job, but that lady is mostly at fault. You can teach a toddler to look both ways, she should know better LOL.
  • 82 1
 @tvan5: Mostly at fault? Looks like it was 100% her fault. She walked right out in front of that dude giving him zero time to react and she got smashed.
  • 20 3
 @kcj801: I agree haha, 100% her fault... but organizers should remember some people are dumb as bricks and maybe have some officials there or something.
  • 16 1
 @Bikedude666: bet you’ve never watched WRC before huh?
  • 15 1
 @SacAssassin: I bet she blames the cyclist for not giving her the right of way on the crosswalk.
  • 54 2
 @Bikedude666:

I disagree, what she did was stupid and she failed to respect that riders were on the course. She knew they were coming as well as other spectators who were stepping into their path. She paid the price.

I feel sorry for the rider who is injured and loses out on that race and possibly other races due to her dumb move.

People have to take responsibility for their actions. You can't expect the organizers at any level of event to try and control the actions of any one individual.
  • 55 3
 That was absolutely not 100% the fault of the organiser, unless that woman was the organiser as well as an absolute f*cktard.
  • 4 0
 @Bikedude666: this took place in Spain, not California or Canada.
  • 47 14
 @Bikedude666: A typical response that perfectly displays the lack of personal responsibility and ultimately the decline of society. People needing someone to hold their hand because they’re not capable of independent thought is how you end up with the current insane medical tyranny.
  • 37 1
 @Bikedude666: It's a small event on one of the Canary f'n Islands. How much money and manpower do some of you people expect organizers or other authorities to decide for you where, when, and how far you can walk?

Personal accountability is fast becoming an alien concept to way too many people.
  • 30 3
 Notice she had two hands on her phone? Yeah, I don't feel bad for her. Eventually she was going to walk into traffic, whether it be a cyclist or a semi truck. Unfortunate the race organizers didn't realize the level of stupidity of some people. I hope the rider makes a quick recovery.
  • 4 29
flag friendlyfoe (Oct 25, 2021 at 13:30) (Below Threshold)
 @Pickles484: race organizers are definitely responsible for keeping competitors and spectators separate.
  • 11 0
 @friendlyfoe: how about kangaroos?
  • 8 22
flag Bikedude666 (Oct 25, 2021 at 14:39) (Below Threshold)
 @jclnv: Perhaps they'll take away the safety barriers at F1 races. People should be responsible for themselves after all.
  • 3 12
flag Bikedude666 (Oct 25, 2021 at 14:45) (Below Threshold)
 @brooklyn1: She failed miserably at being a spectator and yes I can expect the organizer to protect the racers and spectators. They even have insurance for that in some places! Look at how far finish line barriers are extending in the Tour de France these days for an example.
  • 28 1
 @Bikedude666: not being funny, but if someone went to a motor race somewhere where they haven’t gone OTT on health and safety (which is the majority of the countries in the world actually) and walked onto the track into to path of an oncoming car, I would have to say that person deserved what she or he got. Much like crossing the street, we do not need barriers everywhere to keep us safe. We need to engage brain.
  • 1 45
flag Bikedude666 (Oct 25, 2021 at 15:02) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: however, we do have traffic signals and cross walks to keep us safe for road use. I saw no such signal to tell the lady she should cross in that situation. I'm not defending this lady but I am saying there is someone other than her responsible.
  • 9 1
 @Bikedude666: Like with WRC, road cycling, the TT, Paris-Dakar, etc?
  • 22 2
 @Bikedude666: Dude, she was on her phone, she absolutely had this coming. NO ONE ELSE IS AT FAULT for her own actions.
  • 13 1
 @Bikedude666: i think it was the woman's fault. we were all taught to look both ways when crossing the road,
  • 9 0
 THAT DAMN IDIOT
  • 14 1
 LOLOLOL. Karen from Le Tour made it over to the Canary Islands to try and get in some more spectating…
  • 4 0
 @SacAssassin: She shouldn't of made that mistake in the first place. Could of been a car then where would she be
  • 6 0
 @knarf1: My first comment still stands; unlike that lady.
  • 5 0
 @scott-townes: Consider this.... she probably drives in the same fashion.
  • 4 0
 @nightrider76: It went down as the fastest divorce in Canary island history
  • 7 0
 @Pickles484: Sometimes you’re the hammer sometimes you’re the nail
  • 7 9
 @cxfahrer: "far out place like El Hierro".
Far from where?...OMG the German colonial vibes again.
Sorry mate, you don't live in the center of the universe.
  • 16 1
 @Bikedude666: We drive at 120+ km/h in opposite directions separated by a painted line in the road, why is a barrier needed to keep people from stepping into the road in a finish area?

I don't think it's 100% fair to blame the organizers for one stupid person's actions. Not only was she inside the barriers, but she crossed without looking as well...

If she had been hit by a car, it would have been her fault, why is this any different?
  • 6 0
 I don’t need no event organizer to teach me common sense.
  • 2 0
 @SacAssassin: Not sure... I mean if someone is THAT stupid to begin with....
  • 6 0
 She should be charged for his Bill's at very least. Same as starting a fire/damage.
Idiots. People wonder why insurance for events so expensive.
  • 6 14
flag lobohusky (Oct 26, 2021 at 8:00) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: Nice sympathy. For all you know that was her husband/boyfriend that crossed the road just before she did and she was just following him across without egress to see how close the racers were before it was too late.

Did she make a mistake, yes, undoubtedly! Does that make her serious and potentially life-threatening condition something to make fun of by making stupid euphemisms with regards to her character? Absolutely not! God forbid your wife/sister/daughter ever made a mistake and was fighting for their life only for know-it-all's such as yourself to ridicule.

I just hope both the rider and spectator are okay and that lessons are learned by all involved to ensure accidents like this don't happen again.
  • 11 0
 @Bikedude666: “We have traffic signals and crosswalks” bro she’s has literal eyeballs that she chose not to use.

That is like saying somebody texting and driving and blows a red light and nukes somebody would not be at fault because there wasn’t enough barriers and we should blame the government.

Typical “we should ban guns because it’s never the fault of the individual using them” logic.
  • 8 6
 @lobohusky: am I the only person who’s least favorite animal on the planet is humans? I truly couldn’t care less if some retard from the other side of the planet gets hurt or killed.
  • 7 1
 @unrooted: I try to be more compassionate as I age, but no…you are not alone.
  • 8 4
 Dumb bitch.
  • 4 5
 @excavator666: You can do better.
  • 3 2
 @SacAssassin: punch her again if she wakes up
  • 6 1
 @tvan5: Yup. A Darwin award nominee. She'll try again......
  • 2 0
 @knarf1: shouldn't HAVE...could HAVE...
Ffs, these aren't complicated words
  • 6 0
 @friendlyfoe: Are you going to put up concrete barriers with barbed wire?
Stupid people doing stupid things are responsible for their own actions, though it might be argued that stupidity at that level is a disability, but in that case she sould have a guardian with her.
  • 2 0
 @kcj801: Seriously. Is it that hard to "look both ways before crossing the street?" remember that advice?
  • 1 0
 @knarf1: Not on Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 @knarf1: Where she should be now.
  • 5 0
 @bman33: watch the beginning of the video and take note of where the banner is... within a few meters of where the crash occurred. We can also see the left side barriers at that point, and while the video did not capture the immediate right side barriers we can see them further down the road as well so assume those existed at the banner location too. The video is not the best, so reserve judgement on whether or not the barriers were 100% adequate.

IMO, even if they installed 3 meter high chainlink fencing, there would be morons finding a way to stand in front of it and on the road.
  • 185 3
 POW right in the kisser
  • 26 0
 The Ultimate Friday Fail
  • 2 1
 @MrDiamondDave: Yeah, this better make Friday fails…
  • 125 0
 Dude looked like he was having the race of his life. Wonder if they gave him an honorary win?
  • 44 0
 True, he absolutely should get the grand prize. And have the idiot pay his medical bills.
  • 76 13
 @ultimatist: Lucky for the rider, they're almost certainly not American. It's just you guys that have to worry about medical bills. Should be awarded the place he would have finished in though.
  • 27 0
 @ultimatist: What medical bills? But I agree on the podium situation. This guy clearly had the race in the bag.
  • 20 59
flag jaame (Oct 25, 2021 at 10:44) (Below Threshold)
 @ultimatist: He's already paid his medical bills through his really high taxes.
  • 36 5
 @jaame: Hate to break it to you, but their taxes really aren't higher for most people.
  • 57 4
 @jaame: I assume they pay more or less the same.
His taxes are for medical care, infrastructure, education.
Yours goes mostly into armament, right?
  • 19 0
 @Switzerlanded: Dingdingding! You got it. Still don’t forget about the hand-greasing-pork-barrel-corporate-welfare-“subsides”!
  • 8 12
flag jaame (Oct 25, 2021 at 14:01) (Below Threshold)
 My point is, an American suggested the man ask the woman to pay his medical bills; to which I replied, he’s already paid through his taxes - as we do in Europe (where taxes are a lot higher than in the USA)
  • 3 0
 they better, he had no clear competitor
  • 14 3
 @ultimatist: No medical bills to pay in Spain.
Almost everything is prepaid, for me is terrifying the idea of being worried about not being able to pay medical bills. I hope you all get universal healthcare soon.
  • 2 0
 It was an in-your-face race. Race Face???
  • 4 1
 @juanmallorca: I hear you. Makes MTB an even more elitist hobby in the USA, where realistically you would be stupid to ride hard without good health insurance. Which means a good job.
  • 4 1
 @ultimatist: Purely out of interest, what does a decent medical insurance (or whatever it's called) cost annually?
I know people that have lived both here and in the USA for long periods, and all of them seem to agree that American healthcare is better than here, despite the potential cost.
  • 4 1
 @Losvar: your question spurred my interest so i checked my paystub. I pay $74/paycheck and I get paid every 2 weeks, so that's $1924/year. I have probably the second best out of four options available to me, so I'd consider my coverage "decent." Additionally, I pay $85/paycheck for Medicare, the USA's "socialized healthcare" for people over 65 and some lower-income people. I'm healthy and 50 years old. So, all in, I pay something more than $4000/year. I've always figured I got good healthcare (never have a problem seeing a doc when I need to) but I've never really been sick. I've injured myself plenty of times, and always got good emergency care. I have almost no experience with healthcare outside the US so I don't know how well it compares to other countries. How does that compare to Norway?
  • 2 2
 @Losvar: I was self-employed for a few years, and paid something like $300/mo for family of four. Maybe $100 for an individual, but that was for a basic plan. Reality in the USA is this: if you're poor (no net worth) or illegally in the country, you can go to hospital, get any number of procedures, and walk out never paying the bill. Only those with assets would fear law suits or other. In some regards, we do have universal healthcare.
  • 1 0
 @ultimatist: We have health insurance which covers for such events... but the lady should be paying a sort of compensation for the injuries.
  • 150 28
 finish her!
  • 67 131
flag mi-bike (Oct 25, 2021 at 6:56) (Below Threshold)
 This seems like an unnecessarily harsh comment. Yes the lady was careless causing the rider to get injured, but she's in the hospital herself with serious injuries. Some empathy goes a long way.
  • 23 14
 As her condition has not been confirmed this may not be the best comment to make just yet.
  • 16 2
 As hard as the riders face hit the tarmac she’s lucky she didn’t accidentally kill him. Involuntary manslaughter would end normal life real quick.
  • 70 3
 @mi-bike: Welcome to PB. Feelings don’t count here and sarcasm is mandatory.
  • 5 3
 Amen
  • 26 41
flag mi-bike (Oct 25, 2021 at 8:25) (Below Threshold)
 @cougar797: I'm no newbie here. I have no problems with getting downvoted for sharing my honest opinion.
  • 25 1
 She deserves a Darwin Award
  • 11 5
 @cougar797: unless you’re Alec Baldwin
  • 13 4
 @cougar797: Sarcasm has yet to be imported to Europe...or Canada yet.
  • 14 1
 FYI everyone hurt by this comment, it's a quote from the old Mortal Kombat video game. It would apply prior to the collision, not after, while she's in hospital. Stupidity resulted in a terrible situation but a little levity isn't out of bounds.
  • 3 47
flag iggzilla (Oct 25, 2021 at 11:46) (Below Threshold)
 @unrooted: Sarcasm is a low form of humor, anyway
  • 48 0
 @iggzilla: your a low form of humor.
  • 12 2
 @iggzilla: Oh noes, my default form of humor is "low" according to a person on the internet. I feel so terrible and will never ever use sarcasm again.
  • 1 0
 @barp: Sorry to break it to you this way. You should try puns. Simple, funny and your mom loves 'em.
  • 4 0
 @iggzilla: Your pun-ishing comment is a-parently based on phallusy, because I don't eschew puns; I issue them.
  • 91 2
 Did she spot her Opi on the other side of the road?
  • 17 0
 I think it was Omi
  • 82 2
 Even my 4 year old knows to look both ways when crossing the street....
  • 55 1
 cellphones. Tragic.
  • 17 0
 The weird thing is it seems she looks in the riders general direction when crossing so she should have spotted him, atleast in peripheral vision, but yeah, the camerangle can be decieving so i maybe i'm wrong
  • 10 0
 @aug7hallak: agreed…typed me on my phone
  • 11 27
flag nvranka (Oct 25, 2021 at 8:13) (Below Threshold)
 @JesperA: just like the hikers who see me coming from a distance, I am eventually yelling approaching, and they’re just at that point considering or realizing wtf is going on. People are daft.
  • 29 5
 @nvranka: Are you on a dedicated cycle trail or a mixed use trail?

If you are riding a mixed use trail approaching people at pace while yelling at them I think you may want to rethink who is daft in that situation.
  • 12 49
flag nvranka (Oct 25, 2021 at 8:27) (Below Threshold)
 @justanotherusername: when someone is barreling in on you from a distance, do you stand there and stare or do you move to the side? Lmao

Forget it bud, wasn’t interested in a discussion about trail etiquette. It’s pretty simple, get the f*ck out of the way.
  • 12 0
 @aug7hallak: @aug7hallak: Put this video in a time capsule as a synopsis of what phones have done to the human race.
  • 10 6
 @nvranka: would you apply this same logic to a car on a sidewalk? It is not hard to hit the brakes and make other trail users feel more comfortable.
  • 4 20
flag nvranka (Oct 25, 2021 at 9:57) (Below Threshold)
 @DKlassen8: yes, I would. If I saw a car driving toward me on a sidewalk honking its horn…it’s coming right at me, but I have plenty of time….I mean come on, you trolling me? Lmao
  • 20 4
 @nvranka: @nvranka: 'Wasnt interested in a discussion about trail etiquette' - 'get the f*ck out of the way' - I think thats pretty obvious you arent interested in a discussion about trail etiquette as you are obviously a gnarly bro who owns the trails and couldnt possibly understand that all sorts of different people are allowed to use them in all sorts of different ways - For example, ever heard of the elderly? how about hard of hearing? how about people with varying levels of blindness? - Get the picture dipshit?

Hilarious that you tried to make someone else sound like a moron while in the same sentence making yourself sound like one.

And of course if some complete dickhead comes barreling at me while I am out for a walk on a mixed trail I will move out of the way, self preservation as I dont want a dense lump of meat on a bike to ram me, do I?
  • 4 27
flag nvranka (Oct 25, 2021 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)
 @justanotherusername: I rest my case. You’d move. Thx
  • 17 1
 @nvranka: might pop a stick in your wheel as you go past though…
  • 7 2
 @nvranka: if they have time to move, you should have time to brake. Picture this scenario: a mountain biker yelling his head off for hikers to "get out of the way" hits them anyway because they were "too daft to heed trail etiquette". The optics are shit even if you do technically have right-of-way. Why would you even risk this scenario? It gives bikers a bad and name and unfortunately non-bikers tend to put more responsibility on bikers than other trail users. Granted if two hikers collide head on at walking they most likely would not require a trip to the ER
  • 6 28
flag nvranka (Oct 25, 2021 at 11:49) (Below Threshold)
 @justanotherusername: you can’t pop a stick in a blur

You’re quite entertaining tbh, you like to virtue signal like a dad who is more ‘responsible’, but then can’t help but tell me you may pop a stick in my wheel as I go past if I were doing something you didn’t approve of.

Actually, are you my dad? This is exactly how he acts. If I say or do immature shit, he is quick to parachute in and tell me how dumb it is, but when someone does something he doesn’t like, he’d pop a stick in their wheel too, or throw an elbow which is what he did to some roadies who passed too close to him. Lucky for him, no one got hurt.


f*ckin boomers.

You can call me a dipshit all you want, but ultimately the guy who doesn’t move when given ample opportunity and then wants to argue about it…well, he’s the real dipshit.

And stop saying retarded shit about the blind and elderly LMAO….you really think I’m out there disrespecting the blind/elderly? Hahah
  • 2 24
flag nvranka (Oct 25, 2021 at 12:00) (Below Threshold)
 @DKlassen8: oh jeez there are two of you, I’m thinking it’s one guy….lmfao

Forget it. Just get out of the way, pretty simple concept. I would happily get out of yours.
  • 8 2
 @nvranka: if people shout at me while riding at me as you describe you do, how would you see that behaviour, aggressive maybe? A stick in the wheel seems proportionate, though it was a jokey response not to be taken too seriously.

How can you know who you are disrespecting if you ride at them from a distance while shouting at them?

Your dad sounds like an a*shole, like father like son?

Btw, I’m not a ‘boomer’, not even close.
  • 8 1
 @nvranka: Not sure where you ride but everywhere I've ridden the hikers always have the right of way on trails. Most are kind enough to move out of the way so you don't have to stop in a technical section but racing at them is 100% a dick move. It gives cyclists a bad name and is dangerous no matter how skilled the rider. Hiker could slip, you could get off line, and is just overall stupid. No one gives a shit about your Strava time
  • 2 26
flag nvranka (Oct 25, 2021 at 12:13) (Below Threshold)
 @Rokcore: Don’t care lol. I get out of the way, and expect the same.

@justanotherusername yeah…I noticed, you’re younger than me lol. Even better.
  • 2 29
flag nvranka (Oct 25, 2021 at 12:18) (Below Threshold)
 @justanotherusername: It’s raining, I’m going to go rebuild my fork and watch my stock portfolio go up. Pz
  • 11 2
 @nvranka: cool story boomer
  • 4 0
 @justanotherusername: I think it depends on the trail... if it's a multi-use trail, then I take it fairly easy and make sure both parties are safe. If hikers are on biker only trail, it's the hikers responsibility to get the f&ck out of the way.
  • 18 0
 @nvranka: Jesus you’re a wanker haha
  • 10 0
 @nvranka: I'm not surprised your dad is always calling you a dumbass.
  • 3 0
 @justanotherusername: I love first world countries Wink you can argue about who's fault it is all day long, but who comes off worse when the accident happens?

I see this with roadies all the time who are fighting for their road rights by riding 3 across. It doesn't matter who was right if you're dead...
  • 2 1
 @SonofBovril: you love ‘first world’ countries?
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: yeah, the grass is greener!
  • 67 3
 EDIT: We hope both parties make a full recovery from their injuries and that this serves as a lesson to other stupid spectators that there is not enough marshals and tape in the world to prevent all of them to cause more shocking incidents like this in the future.
  • 33 36
 As unpopular as this may be the general public need protection from themselves, from the first second of the video you can tell it is an accident waiting to happen, the blame lies with the organisers for not providing adequate safety barriers for participants and spectators, simple as that.

Risk assessment, do we need barriers for restraint? Nah nobody would be stupid enough to walk across the track, ok we won’t bother then………er whoops!!
  • 36 24
 @jimmythehat: This better not be about my freedom to spread air borne diseases anywhere I want. That's my god given right.
  • 5 1
 @jimmythehat: Your first two comma’s could be applied to every friday fails and sunday saves video.
  • 10 0
 @jimmythehat: it appears to be an amateur race. At what point to we point blame to the actual idiot in the case, the lady? How far /much should be 'taped'? This isn't a car or moto race, it's a bike race. Not sure the entire route of the race, but if there is to be tape/barriers the entire route, expect the entry costs to double or more.
  • 18 1
 @bman33: I raced a small marathon / xc race a few years ago, it was fully taped but that didnt stop two women walking their dogs right at me, between the tapes while I was coming downhill at them, I shouted 'rider' and they told me to f*ck off...... touche.
  • 7 0
 @justanotherusername: Doesn't surprise me - the idiocy and entitlement of some people is beyond belief - even when their own safety is concerned.
  • 16 1
 @jimmythehat: Strongly disagree unless the person we're considering is objectively disabled or a child. We got here by not holding people accountable for their actions, we'll make it worse by continuing to do so. Compassion is not condemning people when they screw up...while still holding them accountable and allowing/fostering a path to reconciliation. I put up a sign on a local jump line that in summary said to wear protection like a helmet, gloves, and pads and to most importantly use your best protection; good judgment.
  • 2 3
 @wasea04: woman versus organiser in court, only one winner
  • 12 0
 @jimmythehat: "the blame lies with the organisers for not providing adequate safety barriers for participants and spectators, simple as that."

What video were you watching? That entire area was clearly barriered on both sides - it's covered with multicoloured advertising hoarding so not difficult to spot. The organisers should be blamed for not having a single marshal there telling the spectators to get back, but everyone standing there had made a conscious decision to get on the wrong side of the barriers where they knew they weren't supposed to be.
  • 2 15
flag jimmythehat (Oct 25, 2021 at 11:21) (Below Threshold)
 @wingguy: video doesn’t show any barriers where she appeared from so your point is invalid
  • 6 3
 @jimmythehat: Yet another collectivist. How many billions will you kill in your next genocidal iteration?
  • 4 1
 @jimmythehat: If organizer met requirements of whatever they were contracted to do with the municipality awarding the permit, then it's not on their shoulders. Just as you cannot legislate morality, you also cannot award intelligence from the judicial bench. It's a tragic accident, one wherein the woman was negligent and both she and the rider now are suffering with natural consequences of her actions. Personal responsibility equals personal freedom, that's how the universe works.
  • 6 0
 In the US that woman would sue the race organization for millions and win. In the US she could probably sue the cyclist too.
  • 6 0
 @Cyberhatter: Likely true, and then we find out her name is Sue.

Judge bangs the gavel and states “Name checks out”
  • 55 1
 She was hunting pokemon
  • 28 0
 She found Machamp.
  • 42 3
 Seems like a good new Red Bull event. A race where you may or may not get body checked by very self aware spectators. Hopefully it doesn’t just turn into a slope style event thou.
  • 86 1
 Red Bull Hard To Get Over The Line.
  • 22 1
 Red Bull Slampage
  • 42 3
 How can someone be that stupid??? Even if she was blind, she'd be able to hear that person coming.
  • 27 0
 A blind person wouldn’t have been distracted by looking at their phone.
  • 34 0
 Group B Enduro
  • 31 0
 Darwin got robbed!
  • 7 0
 I dunno, she hit the street head-first and is said to be in serious condition. If she hasn't had kids already, this might actually be Darwin Award territory.
  • 26 0
 Morons are everywhere. The father of a family friend recently ended up with multiple broken vertebrae after he crashed in a triathlon. Another competitor had stopped in the middle of the course just after a blind bend. At the time the father had been doing approximately 50kph. His GoPro footage was absolutely chilling to watch. He couldn’t have done anything to avoid colliding with the window licker. There was nothing to indicate anyone was stopped, and there was a LOT of space off the course/racing line for the other bloke to assess his mechanical issue. We’re all just grateful that the victim isn’t going to be in a wheelchair for life.
  • 35 7
 whatever the equivalent charge is there for aggrevated assault is, that's what she should be charged with. complete fuckwit....
  • 11 6
 Lol it was an accident? Aggravated assault is the opposite of an accident.
  • 23 1
 @GotchaJimmy: some ‘accidents’ deserve a different name. I guess gross negligence about covers it.
  • 2 2
 @GotchaJimmy: I don’t think looking and then choosing to walk in front is an accident. Is it aggravated assault? Also no.
  • 4 6
 @xxinsert-name-herexx: I doubt she chose to walk in front of the rider on purpose.
  • 8 3
 @GotchaJimmy: there are no accidents when you step onto an active raceway.
  • 4 3
 @GotchaJimmy: didn't chose to walk on purpose? so she was possessed by a poltergiest? wind blew here onto course? LMFAO.....is this your mom? is that why all the excuses?
  • 5 0
 Criminal negligence?
  • 5 0
 @conoat: She chose to walk across the track, not to collide with a rider. She didn't have any intent to hurt anybody. Her mistake is borderline criminal, but equating her actions to aggravated assault is a wild escalation.
  • 6 0
 She could apparently be charged with negligence.
  • 4 0
 @GotchaJimmy: You can be criminally negligent without the intent to harm anyone, like driving while distracted
  • 2 1
 @hamncheez: Good point! The difference here is that what she did wasn't illegal, though it was endangering - she just didn't know how immediately endangering it was as she did it. It's a massive cock-up. But I refuse to pass judgement here. I've made mistakes too.
  • 1 0
 @nvranka: You gonna get a gross negligence charge for riding into a pedestrian too mate.
  • 30 1
 You can't fix stupid.
  • 21 1
 If you slow it down to 0.25 speed you can see clearly that she is looking at him as she crosses but her reaction was to keep going forward and try to outpace him, rather than drop back
  • 10 0
 Her cell phone also goes flying at time of impact…. Looking at him… or looking at a phone in his direction?

Objects on screen are closer than they appear!
  • 4 0
 @tkrug: at least she wasn't holding a sign
  • 6 0
 @hamncheez: taking an iPad photo would have been the ultimate
  • 2 0
 @tkrug: I was referencing the tour de france cock-up
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: Yup, just made my brain jump to a more outrageous but equally probable possible situation!
  • 4 0
 The Pheasant maneuver.
  • 2 0
 Yeah it looks that way. I just looked at the stills too. You can see she makes a decision to go keep moving forward, in spite of spotting him, and him screaming at her to move. The rest is sickening to watch
  • 14 0
 Morons standing on the course and that guy walking across just before the collision talking on his cell phone such a Cool Asshole, looks like the clueless lady followed him across. Absolutely no idea of self awareness or the speeds involved to much screen time and to little real life, though she will now have lots of time to consider her actions too bad it had to involve others.
  • 16 1
 That was head-to-head contact...clueless lady is going to feel that for years.
  • 15 1
 Personal foul, unnecessary roughness, with targeting, on the spectating team. This is their first personal foul of the race. 15 yards from the spot of the foul, automatic 1st place
  • 7 0
 @sjma: too confusing. Just hand her the red card for automatic send-off.
  • 5 0
 @sjma: For a racer, the rider is built like a linebacker. Good for him, bad for her.
  • 3 0
 @VtVolk: And coming downhill pumping hard....probably in the low 30's mph.
  • 2 0
 @sjma: not even a football fan, but this is a great comment
  • 13 1
 A friend of mine was at the finish line sprint for the 2021 Ore To Shore race in Marquette, Michigan. He has his own tradition of mooning the riders we know as they sprint to the finish line. This year, he was a bit late, so to get into position for the mooning, he sprinted across the grass, where his feet became entangled in a spectator's lawn blanket, and with his pants halfway down 'mid moon', he went flying headfirst with his hands pulling down his pants landing in the finish line chute, landing full scorpion moon......the crowd gasped in horror. His head was skinned up pretty bad (not that one, it's too small)
  • 1 0
 Amazing, surely someone was filming?
  • 14 0
 What a moron...
  • 10 1
 Truly terrible video. Not only bad organization/lack of enforcing the course taping by marshals, but seeing two people getting hurt, and if that wasn't enough it's vertical video. Cropped into horizontal. This has to be one of the most terrible videos I've ever seen.
  • 12 2
 Should have activated self-driving mode - it always optimizes to save the driver not the pedestrian! Be safe be well, Incognito Robin
  • 9 2
 This represents the challenge of modern society. Today we lack natural selection. People like this would have stood in front of an elephant 2000-3000y ago, or become any predator's food.
Today, modern society nests such individual contributing to his/her survival, and worst: he/her reaches procreation age further embedding society with it's genes.
  • 7 1
 Thought this might happen at the EWS in Crans Montana. They were letting people cross 10m before the finish line with so many close calls. Marshall’s had no control over people crossing seconds before riders came past.
  • 9 0
 At least her face broke her fall
  • 5 0
 As a park ranger here in the US once put it " there is a significant overlap between the smartest bears, and the dumbest people".... I think as a race organizer, you can never underestimate how dumb the general public truly is
  • 8 0
 Reminds me of the game Frogger
  • 1 1
 ... or Pandemic,
  • 8 0
 Thinning the herd, one dumbass at a time.
  • 4 0
 Wow, cyclist must have easily been doing at least 50 kph, coming down hill, then sprinting to finish. That women is lucky to be alive the way her head hit that pavement, hopefully she will make a fully recovery, but wow, can you say stupid.
  • 6 1
 You can have all the rules and safety gear in place to mitigate accidents but nothing will safeguard against COMPLETE STUPIDITY in the workplace
  • 5 0
 Sad but this is all too common. I had a couple close calls in enduro this year w/ spectators on course. Spectators need to pay more attention and stay off course.
  • 7 0
 Phone in hand.
  • 10 0
 Is the phone ok?
  • 5 0
 When you look at plastic packaging and there is a label ' Do not eat packet'. This woman is why they are there.
  • 6 0
 And why your new ladder has 18 Safety Stickers on it.
Oh, and don't forget, don't pour hot coffee on your crotch.

Bonus:
Warning label on a wheelbarrow: "Not intended for highway use."

Warning label on a baby stroller: "Remove child before folding."

Warning label on a thermometer: "Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally."

Warning label on Apple’s website: "Do not eat iPod Shuffle."

Warning label on a Chipotle truck: "Drivers do not carry burritos."

Warning label on a carpenter’s electric drill: "This product not intended for use as a dental drill."

Warning label on a jet ski: "Never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel level."

Warning label on a bottle of DOG medication: "May cause drowsiness. Use care when operating a car."

Warning label on a box of rat poison: "Has been found to cause cancer in laboratory mice."

Warning label on an iron-on shirt pattern: "Do not iron while wearing the shirt."

Warning label on a Razor scooter: "This product moves when used."

Warning label on a hairdryer: "Do not use while sleeping."

Warning label on a brass fishing hook: "Harmful if swallowed."

Warning label on a can of pepper spray: "May irritate eyes."

Warning label on a cartridge for a laser printer: "Do not eat toner."

Warning label on a letter opener: "Safety goggles recommended."

Warning label on a bar of soap: "Use like regular soap."

Yes, these are all real warning labels and the reasons they exist walk amongst us.
  • 2 0
 And on the topic of big risks, BIGGER rewards (ie: INJURIES), take a look @ this WRC Group B clip from back in the day, and notice all the people scrambling to GTF out of the way.......

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdy8CG09rSU
  • 4 0
 Put yourself in the rider's shoes and then ask yourself if you'd have any sympathy for that woman. I wouldn't. Especially not if I'd just have my life changed for the worse.
  • 6 1
 She should be tarred and feathered.
  • 2 1
 Judging by that impact, I reckon her brain is now the consistency of tar
  • 3 0
 It's just like the tour de France. Spectators at getting stupider and more brazen. There should be huge consequences for entering the racing area
  • 1 0
 Looks like a hockey player body checking another one.
It's weird, she seems to be looking at the rider but still walking right into him.
Might have been taking a step while watching her smartphone (the black thing flying away ?) then found herself right in front, hesitating between walking further or back.
  • 1 0
 The rider should be considered the winner and awarded first place.

The lady should face penalty and fines for her actions. Sure, it's tragic both people involved were injured but common sense says you don't jump into the middle of the street/road while a race is happening.
  • 2 0
 On a first series episode of Red Dwarf, Chris Barrie's character Rimmer made a comment about death of "most of the warning any of us get in life is... "mind that bus." "What bus?" SPLAT>"
  • 1 0
 She deserves a darwin award, the stupidity is mindbending and she crossed the road while looking at her damn mobile. What is wrong with people these days? As if they would not know how to breath without eye ontact to that tiny screen.

As tragic this is and as hatefull the cycling community can be, let's not forget that both suffer from injuries and I wish them a full recovery, a. for the rider to finish his run and b. for her so that she can do better the next time she watches a bike race.
  • 1 0
 didnt something similar happen to Damian Oton and a photographer a few years back? if i remember correctly he could have had a good chance of winning the overall if it hadnt happened
  • 4 0
 Very tough way to learn a very simple lesson...
  • 2 0
 Many people do this, just acting their wary behaviour. Once their "luck" goes out they are taken out, be it a bike rider or a lorry.
  • 4 0
 When an idiot is exposed!
  • 5 0
 I misread "exposed" as "exploded", which would also have been reasonably accurate.
  • 3 0
 The Darwin Award recipient should pay his bills, and be banned from attending races.
  • 4 0
 And the Darwin Award goes to....
  • 2 0
 She was looking @ her "To Do" list on her phone:

Inhale

Exhale

Inhale

Exhale

Inhale

Exhale
  • 2 0
 Likely looking down at her screen while walking seconds before. If the rider didn't get her then a bus, car, open manhole, lampost, etc would have.
  • 1 0
 If he was in first place and they don't give him the prize, that race needs to be cancelled forever. Not only do they not honor him for his victory, but they also did a piss-poor job of setting up proper separation.
  • 4 0
 Kook slam!
  • 2 1
 "Finish line barriers are in place..."
I'm not sure that putting two bikelengths of fencing up before the arch qualifies as having finish line barriers in place.
  • 3 1
 Good advertisement for helmets - he would have a goner without one, forehead would have gone all Abraham
  • 3 0
 How stupid can people be? Karen: old my drink, ima be right back!
  • 3 0
 Aaaannddd Sleep. she'll need some tylenol for that.
  • 3 0
 Wonder how many teeth were traded in that impact.
  • 2 0
 quite a few and I dont think her phone made it
  • 6 7
 It really is astonishing to see, how little most people on here seem to care. I mean yeah she was being a colossal idiot sure, but some of these comments are incredibly tactless. I really hope they both make a full recovery and she learns from her mistake.

On a side note: How come there are no barriers in place? Seems like a pretty reasonable thing to do in the finishing area.
  • 4 3
 Because once you cross certain lines, many lose empathy and even feel aggression towards your stupidity and endangerment of others. Watching someone on a screen makes them more a representation of a person than a real one anyways.
  • 3 0
 Horrible crash....could have been prevented...
  • 3 1
 "A police investigation into the incident is underway.”

Ya I'm sure that won't take too long. Video is pretty clear.
  • 3 0
 The deer was looking straight at the car.
  • 3 1
 She looked right at him. Only a totally braindead moron would have done that.
  • 3 0
 braindead woman is...braindead
  • 3 0
 No joke--if she wasn't already, she might actually be braindead after that impact.
  • 2 0
 @barp: very kind of you to explain my joke for those less able Smile
  • 3 0
 Welcome to Destination f@cked!
  • 2 0
 One way ticket for her, she got well and truly shitmixed!
  • 8 4
 Dumb fucking Karen cunt
  • 3 0
 Coma coma coma coma coma camelion
  • 3 0
 That's brutal. Hope both of them make a full recovery.
  • 4 1
 PB, why do you even show this video?
  • 2 1
 Why did the dipsxxx cross the road? To be destroyed by the race winner and ruin his ride. Dear God how is that person in public unattended!
  • 1 0
 He really ought to sue her. Video proof of negligence that has probably cause a nasty concussion that will linger for a long time maybe forever
  • 1 0
 Ouch! I pray that they both have a fast recovery. I guess she learn a great lesson, don't try to out run a racer charging for the finish line.
  • 2 0
 This is completely the fault of that lady. Don't blame the race organizers!
  • 2 0
 What the heck was that cyclist thinking riding so fast ? She wasn't even wearing a helmet. How dare you
  • 2 0
 There are no non-serious head injuries. They can take years and years even after a mild concussion/TBI.
  • 3 0
 why the fog do you show this video, PB?
horny for clicks and traffic?
  • 1 0
 Shock & Awe - 'tis the way of social media nowadays - Shock & Awe!
  • 4 2
 wow you really are a sympathetic lot. Never had an accident or made a mistake? Lucky you. I hope she makes a full recovery
  • 3 0
 Seriously, pay fucking attention
  • 2 0
 Far too many people in the gene pool have the situational awareness of a brick..... and they tend to be very self absorbed on top of that.
  • 2 1
 This p*sses me off so much. Why are the spectators there??? This is like what happened with the Tour de France earlier this year
  • 1 0
 She was literally looking where the guy was coming from whilst walking into his path. She either has terrible eyesight or he was moving faster than the speed of light.
  • 2 0
 A special release “Friday Fails” video coming this week….
  • 10 0
 This one belongs in Metal Mondays.
  • 7 0
 *Mental Mondays
  • 1 0
 Meatcrayon. I really hope both of them get away without any permanent damage, that was hard to watch.
  • 3 3
 Is it just me or did that look intentional? Maybe it's just a weird angle, but she appears to be looking in his direction while she walks out. Like she was trying to get hit.
  • 2 0
 Not sure why you got downvoted. I frame by frame replayed it, and she was fully looking at the rider and took 2 extra steps into the rider before getting smoked. I get that maybe there was a delay in her reaction, it all happened quick, but it seemed like she (obviously) could have avoided being getting hit.
  • 2 0
 @leon-forfar: Now, count now many frames prior to the hit she is looking at the rider, divide that by the frame rate, and compare that number with the average Perception-Response Time in a human. Then report back on if she could have avoided being hit or not.
  • 2 1
 The time between her face hitting the rider and hitting the ground is actually zero.
  • 3 0
 One for the hockey fans.
  • 2 0
 this one just couldn't wait 'til Friday
  • 3 0
 Choooo Chooooooooooooo!
  • 2 0
 brutal... irrespective of who is to blame hope they both fully recover
  • 2 0
 Agreed! I'm glad they'll be OK.....

but PHUCK ME(!) was that stupid! She won't do it again!
  • 3 0
 kook slammed
  • 3 0
 ON HER PHONE. SHOCKED.
  • 2 0
 She was practicing for the running of the bulls?
  • 2 0
 She was on her goddam phone
  • 2 0
 Is this going to make NHL Hits of the week?
  • 1 2
 This is on the event organizers. People are just not smart enough to avoid getting hit. If anyone has seen the 1980's WRC (rally) spectators, you know what I am talking about.
  • 1 0
 This is SOOOOO irritating to watch. What did the lady think was gonna happen running out in front of the dude like that?
  • 2 1
 Wow, that has to be on the Friday Fails! Holy crow, that's no canary the guy hit! It must've felt like hitting a cow!
  • 7 6
 about 125 years too late for the suffragette cause
  • 2 0
 TMZ strikes again.
  • 6 5
 Ahh man, that’s horrible. And hilarious.
  • 1 0
 spectators should wear helmets
  • 2 0
 STRAVAAAAAA!!!!
  • 1 0
 Sunday's special- 2 for 1 served hot on tarmac.
  • 2 0
 He won though right?
  • 2 0
 Playback speed 0.25
  • 3 1
 bloody karens!
  • 1 0
 Wear your glasses! They recommend 9 out of 10 ophthalmologists.
  • 1 0
 Watch Out! Watch Out! JOHN CENA!!
  • 1 0
 You mean Hulk Hogan (with that 'stash)?
  • 5 3
 Stupid cow!
  • 1 1
 Funniest thing I've seen this week. Yeah it's only Monday, but that's going to be hard to beat
  • 2 1
 Hahaha ! That chick just got Ron Artested ! #metaworldpeace
  • 1 0
 Please hold while I take a selfie....
  • 3 2
 Does that cyclist even pay road tax????
  • 1 0
 probably drives in the left hand lane while on her phone, too
  • 1 0
 I think this is everyone's cue to wear moto helmets for xc
  • 1 0
 No slow mo recap???

Texting and walking LOL
  • 1 0
 The whole time she's looking right at him too... smh
  • 1 0
 She stares at the cyclist 2 feet in front of her wtf
  • 1 0
 Did we already forget what happened at the Tour de France?
  • 1 0
 That poor chap looked like he went down hard and KO’d for sure.
  • 6 5
 KAREN!!!!
  • 1 0
 Brutaaaaal! Auch!
  • 1 0
 she was on her phone…
  • 3 2
 Broads.
  • 2 0
 Guess she got broadsided LOL
  • 1 1
 Cewe nyebrangnya GOBLOK BANGET. Panitia nya juga GOBLOK GA PASANG PEMBATAS
  • 1 0
 Those fu%$ing phones
  • 1 0
 But did he win?
  • 7 8
 Fuck yes
  • 7 9
 Only women can cross the road like this
  • 3 5
 The real question is - was she vaccinated or unvaccinated ?
  • 1 3
 Double vaxxed and boostered texting the other normies to tell them how much safer she is now (even though she isn't)
  • 1 2
 Wamens...
  • 11 14
 Blondes....
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