These days, you can barely go any distance on the roads without coming across a road cycling race. Britain has well and truly caught the cycling bug. The exploits of the likes of Sirs Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy, Jason and Laura Kenny et al has seen the popularity of road cycling races explode.
Whilst they are undoubtedly exciting and a great way to stay in shape, they can also cause accidents on the road. Taking certain safety precautions can help you emerge from a road cycling race unscathed.
What are the main dangers of a road cycling race?
Road cycling races present unique challenges, especially at the start. The sheer number of riders means you need a high level of skill to negotiate safely through the crowds.
The problem with road cycling race accidents is it only takes one slip to cause catastrophe. During the opening stages, the riders are bunched extremely closely together. If one rider loses control, the ensuing domino effect can take any number of riders out.
- Road traffic accidents
Unlike the professional events, amateur road cycling races don’t always have the luxury of closing all the roads on the route. This puts the participants at risk of a collision with a car. In an accident on the road with another vehicle, cyclists invariably come off worse. Compared to a car, they have next to no protection. The consequences of cycling accidents can be extremely serious. The road to recovery is usually both lengthy and painful, in both a physical and mental sense.
- Physical exhaustion
There are no two ways about it. Road cycling races are very, very hard. You put your body through the physical wringer. Without access to the same levels of training and support of the pros, this can be dangerous.
As well as suffering a cycling accident because your body simply gives up, there’s also the mental aspect to consider. Tired minds make wrong, rash decisions. These mistakes can have serious consequences for yourself and other riders.
Making a cycling claim
Any accident on the road is likely to be painful. If you are injured in one that wasn’t your fault, remember you may be due cycling injury compensation.
A quick call to the experts at Accident Advice Helpline can get you started. With over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims, we’re the perfect people to turn to.
Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice