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Video of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour crash involving 20 riders [video]
Posted by on Mar 12th, 2012

Here’s another cycling video and although it doesn’t involve any naked riders as in the previous post it does include the crash that happened near the end of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour where 20 riders went down during the sprint to the finish line to determine the elite womens winner.

If you didn’t catch it on 2oceansvibe yesterday  then here’s footage of the crash including the helicopter view from SuperSport.

Just click on that. The visuals are not the best quality and the crash happens just after the 4.15 min mark so skip to that.

Hectic hey.

“The race stayed the same for most of the 110km until just before the finish when there was a touch of wheels and a number of riders went down.

Cherise Taylor, Jo van der Winkel, and Robyn de Groot were just some of the ladies that we know of that went down. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, ahead of the carnage, took the win with Catherine Williamson and Lynette Burger finishing second and third respectively.

Word from the social networks is that Cherise Taylor is in a neck brace, Robyn de Groot’s ribs are not good, and Jo van der Winkel has a badly bruised knee. All were rushed to hospital for observation.” [Bicycling.co.za]

Lots of talk about whether the women’s race should be seperated from the mens to avoid crashes like this.

What do you think?

Petunia says:
March 03, 2012 at 9:01 am

As one of the participants said in an interview afterwards, the women’s race isn’t really a race between women, it’s more of a challenge to keep your place amongst the vets. Those vets are probably the most competitive group out of the entire event (even more so than the elites due to their long experience) so all that happens is that the women ride as individuals and not as a peleton of their own. Truly, the women’s race should have its own start.

Dean says:
March 03, 2012 at 9:01 am

Petunia, if the women did not need a 20-30minute head start of the next group, they would have their own start. Women only bunches do not race, thus why they were added to the Vets bunches to raise the level of womens racing in SA. Road cycling is a risky sport. If you want to sprint, you should be prepared to fall. It goes hand in hand unfortunatly, but that is part of the sport.

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