A cyclist in a California race dramatically managed to escape death or injury when a “spectacular crash” sent him over the side of a bridge, but he managed to desperately grab on to the ledge avoiding a 30-foot drop into the rocky ravine below.
Multiple bike cameras caught the video of a mid-pack crash that could have resulted in the long fall for Mike Allec, who rides for and manages the Carefast/Storck Cycling Team, according to their Facebook page.
“Mike Allec was involved in a spectacular crash in the final sprint that left him hanging off of a bridge above a ravine (30ft below). We are very thankful for the outpouring support from many who were there and more importantly those that helped him off of the bridge.
“Words cannot express the gratitude for him being able to walk away from this with road rash, this could have ended much, much worse.”
The footage shows a pileup of riders hitting the deck one-by-one, with Allec, after several others went down in front of him. An attempted evasive action towards the side of the road proved fruitless, setting him up to nearly tumble over the edge of the rail as he hit the pileup. Instead, thanks to impressive reflexes, Allec managed to hang on to the rail, leaving him dangling over the edge with a 30-foot drop to the bottom of ravine below.
The bike, not as lucky as Allec, went over the edge and took the long fall to the creek bed below.
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