I raced both the omloop cat 4 and 4/5a race on Saturday, February 01, 2014.
Several crashes took place in almost every race. Fortunately for me I wasn’t part of any crashes this day. Day 2 and the reason why I haven’t posted a video for the ToNB road race, I crashed 2 miles in. It was 35 degrees and raining, it was a bad day for everyone.
In the cat 4 video below you’ll see towards the end a vehicle blocking off part of the road to make room for a rider that was about to get airlifted out wasn’t but a few places behind me. One of the biggest reasons to stay near the front of the pack in a race is to avoid crashing, another reason is simply that if you stay near the front you’ll finish near the front. I had a few chances to get to the front throughout the race but I pretty much pigeonholed myself in mid pack.
Racing, like anything in life comes with some danger. But it's a ton of fun, and you can do a lot to keep yourself from getting injured.
As you’ll see in the videos I wasn’t trying to win any of these or even push for the win, I haven’t raced in almost a year and wanted to get a feel for it again before I really started to push for a podium spot.by