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Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Pickers » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:30 pm

Well that didn't go the way I'd hoped...... Last Tuesday, Lockdown day one. Not been out for a ride for 5 or 6 weeks and having a weeks' leave (should have been in Spain but that was not happening).
I need to go out and ride.
Just for an hour.
Close to home.


What could possibly go wrong...?


45 odd mins in, everything going well. I'm slow (no change there), but happy to be riding, clearing my head a bit.
I remember hearing the car coming up behind.... and then it appeared right next to my right leg, same speed as me, front of the car facing into the verge to cut me off. Then, the hefty shove from the passenger, a short trip across the verge rapidly followed by a headfirst descent into the ditch and the water it contained about 3ft below the verge.

The car fxxked off.

I landed mainly on my shoulder, but clipped my helmet - now cracked and missing a chunk. Broken collarbone, shoulder blade, four ribs and a punctured lung for my meagre sins.

The folk in the next three cars all stopped and helped me, called the police and generally stayed with me until they arrived, kept traffic away from me and generally kept me safe. They were unreservedly brilliant.

Two of the wierdest days in hospital followed - I've spent a bit of time in hospitals over the last couple of years, but to go through one of the biggest local places where the corridors, offices, waiting rooms and wards are pretty much empty was quite sobering. They really are waiting for the sub standard to fall on us.

Stay safe out there folks, in every way if you can.

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by whitestone » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:34 pm

Jeez.

Some real twats out there.

Hope you recover quickly.
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by MuddyPete » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:42 pm

Unbelievable! :-O

Let's hope they catch the x( soon and wishing you a full recovery. :YMPRAY:
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Jurassic pusher » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:55 pm

That`s awful, hope you recover well.
If you believe in Karma then there is a good chance those dickheads with become a Saturday night RTC statistic!
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by 99percentchimp » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:08 pm

Pickers wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:30 pm
The folk in the next three cars all stopped and helped me, called the police and generally stayed with me until they arrived, kept traffic away from me and generally kept me safe. They were unreservedly brilliant.
At least you can focus on this - the ratio of knobhead is still low but WTF.... Karma will call we hope. Good to know you're OK after a brief visit to hospital; not where anyone would be choosing to be at the moment. :shock: :shock:
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by TheBrownDog » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:24 pm

Jesus mate ... no words other than hope you recover quick and they catch the pricks. Hope to catch up next weekend online.
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Pickers » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:42 pm

Cheers chaps, just spoken with plod - they’ve marked it as GBH; and I wasn’t the only one taken down down - up to three riders so far :-(

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by composite » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:44 pm

Pickers, you are in the Midlands right? This was posted on my club Facebook page this week.

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I bet it's the same car.

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by thenorthwind » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:51 pm

Jesus Christ, just when it was looking like this whole situation is bringing out the best in people :sad:

Hope you heal fast, Pickers.

Bringing back hanging, etc.

Not entirely related, but perhaps to try and bring some balance... The "secure" bike compound at a hospital up our way (Darlington?) was broken into the other day, and a few bikes stolen while their owners were slaving away inside preparing for the sh1tstorm and generally trying to keep people alive. It seems the police are taking this much more seriously than they might usually treat a couple of bike thefts, given the recent (deserved) focus on the heroics of NHS staff. I hope they treat these incidents just as seriously.

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Richard G » Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:07 pm

Terrifying. When I was in hospital last year there was a guy that had similar done to him (as well as to some of his riding buddies at the same time), except the car literally drove into them all intentionally. Broke his back, femur, pelvis, multiple broken ribs. Was in a hell of a state.

I just wont ride on the road for significant distances any more, scares me too much.

I hope you have as comfortable / quick a recovery as it's humanly possible to have.

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Pickers » Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:18 pm

Composite - Neil - PM’d
RG - Yeah, scary, almost more so when I run through it in my mind.
All my damage will heal though. Riding on the road again.... dunno..... we’ll see.

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Taylor » Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:22 pm

That's proper **** pickers. Hope you heal well.
On a positive note at least you won't be missing out on everybody enjoying the good weather riding their bikes and biviing as everybody is on lock down.

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by benp1 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:24 pm

That’s bloody awful, sorry to hear that

I hope they get what is coming

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by BigdummySteve » Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:29 pm

Get well soon Rich, unbelievable. Hopefully they will catch up with them.
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by voodoo_simon » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:15 pm

Some absolute cocks out there, hope you get riding soon

Might be worth contacting CCTV if you cycled through a town, might be able to identify the car through them?

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by RIP » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:20 pm

"CCTV" - yes that's what I asked Rich about too. A camera somewhere must have spotted these lowlifes?
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Cheeky Monkey » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:36 pm

That is truly pants.

Healing vibes and if there is owt you needs say.

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by slarge » Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:06 pm

Pickers there’s reports of a white BMW doing this around Bidford- the Leamington CC have had someone taken out also. Just need the ref plate.......

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Landslide » Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:08 pm

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by macinblack » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:05 pm

Awful.

I'd be surprised if they weren't filming it on their phones, so those of you that do social media might like to keep tabs on facebook.

What road was it on?

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by barney » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:35 pm

Sorry to hear that, hope you heal quickly.

Some people are absolute scrotes. My mate was doing a sportive in Cheshire a few years ago. A car full of chavs were driving up and down leaning out the car hitting riders with a baseball bat. Sadly my mate was one of the victims but luckily he wasn't badly hurt.
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by jobro » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:04 pm

I'm sorry to hear that. Hope you recover quickly and it doesn't put you off your future riding.

The only consolation I can give you is the Covid-19 will pick off the idiots who can't maintain social distance or wash their hands regularly. Just like the twunts who pushed you off!

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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by techno » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:29 pm

Jesus man that's awful. Wishing not a speedy recovery and hopefully they'll catch the sh1theads that did it.
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Richpips » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:48 pm

I hope you recover swiftly. :sad:
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Re: Not the day I'd hoped for....

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:45 am

May recovery be swift and vengeance slow :wink:
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