On my first decent down Los Gatos Rd. (24% grade) (Temecula, Ca.), my plan was to hit 60+ mph. After realizing my excessive speed while approaching a turn that led to the 24% grade drop off, I hit the brakes too hard and caused speed wobbles in my handlebars. I couldn't get them under control so I decided it would be better to crash in the dirt than to crash on the asphalt on a steeper portion of the decent. I slowed down as much as I could and took a dive on the shoulder ON MY shoulder. I broke my collarbone into 4 pieces, smashed my helmet (which saved my life), and am thankful to be alive. Top speed was 50 mph. Crash speed is estimated around 40 mph.
*ALWAYS RIDE WITH A HELMET!!
I was out filming today and decided to hit the big roads.
It took a good 15 miles to ride out to this one so my legs were not in top condition. It was my fastest yet at 85.5km/h and I started to slow straight away as soon as I stopped pedalling, the wind was buffeting me around a bit.
The gradient was about 4-5%, wish it was steeper.
It was actually quite hard to ride flat out all the way so I waited before going for it.
Lol, I apologise for nostril cam half-way down, I was try to get as tucked as I could.
It actually looks slow compared to my other videos because the road is so wide there are no reference points to show the speed.
With a slipstream I could hit 100km/h on that road but I'm still planning to do the magic 100km/h without any assistance. That's the day I retire from this sport and move on to the next one.
P.S. The police do appear during the descent and a car passed me when I jumped the barrier at the bottom of the hill. As far as I can tell on my research it is 100% legal to ride on this road.
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Cycling Track Men's Team Pursuit Gold Medal Finals - Great Britain v Australia Full Replay from the Velodrome at the London 2012 Olympic Games. -- 3 August 2012
Cycling is among the rare sports that have always featured on the Olympic programme. Road cycling, however, was not on the programme of the Paris 1900, St Louis 1904 or London 1908 Games, while track cycling wasn't in the programme of the Stockholm 1912 Games.
The first road event in Olympic history took place in 1896 on the marathon route at the first Games of the modern era in Athens. The race started in Athens, headed towards Marathon, then returned to Athens, at the Phaliron velodrome.
Olympic cycling was added to the women's programme in Los Angeles in 1984, with an individual road event.
Find more about Road and Track Cycling at www.olympic.org/cycling-road and www.olympic.org/cycling-track