Last weekend, I headed to my hometown of Enid, Oklahoma for their annual Tour de Trykes and Criterium. The tour offers 2, 14, 26, 42, and 62 mile distances. Originally, I was going to do the 62 miles, but I signed up for a race the next day — so I stuck with 26.
Over 300 riders started off at 7:30 in the morning. The temperature was already 80 degrees and humid (but, really, on a bike it’s not that bad once you get moving). Not even one mile into the race a woman cyclist was taking pictures as she rode and ended up veering into the oncoming lane (thankfully no traffic). She lost control when she hit a speed bump and flew over her handlebars and crashed her face on the curb. With her being knocked unconscious, eye beginning to swell and turning black and blue — my nurse mode kicked in.
I jumped off my bike and ran to her. She was unconscious, but breathing and had a strong pulse. I immediately saw her road ID. Her name was Sharon. I gently spoke, “Sharon my name is Sandra, I’m here to help you.” People began circling, and I told a bystander to call 911.
I continued to watch her breath and monitor her pulse. She began to slowly wake up. I told her to hold still, as I didn’t know if she possibly broke anything. I stayed with her until the ambulance came, which didn’t take that long – being not far from the start. She was alert by the time the ambulance arrived, and so I left.
I had a great day riding, but was saddened by a few other irresponsible cyclists. This lady was seriously injured and others easily could have followed suit. It should serve as a strong reminder: when we ride a bike, we have the same rules of the road as motorists. There’s no distracted driving for motorists right? It is the same for a cyclist. We need to be safe out there.
This was a very organized and safe ride. The volunteers did a top notch job and the course was a beautiful ride through the town of Enid and out into the countryside. The tour even rode by my grandmothers old house, which made me tear up. I miss that house and my grandma very much.
I was greeted at the end by some great grilled chicken sandwiches, ice cold water and even a beer.
I recommend this ride for the the newbies and seasoned cyclists. It’s a mostly flat ride with good support. There’s even a twilight criterium race in historic downtown of Enid later that evening!
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