There’s a lot I could write about tonight. For instance, I could write about the tension at a press conference today, where one former Tour winner was asking — or trying to ask — uncomfortable questions of another. Or, I could write about Dick Pound shooting off his mouth again. (And here I was, thinking he’d just faded into the woodwork. Wrong!)
Or, I could point out that Lance Armstrong seems to have understood that the best way he can get out his message that more needs to be done in the way of cancer research and awareness is to do what he does best — ride a bike. Although he’s mastered the art of wearing a suit the last few years, and learned how to lobby politicians with the best of them, Lance’s real power comes when he gets on his two-wheeled steed and rides the legs off everyone around him.
I’ll have more to say about all that another time. Especially the cancer and cancer awareness angle. But here’s what’s really on my mind tonight. TBV. You see, the proprietor of Trust But Verify was involved in a bicycle/car collision yesterday, and as happens in such cases, the bicyclist didn’t come out on the winning end. He’s in the hospital right now, recovering from a whole heaping lot of injuries. It’s a dangerous world out there for those of us who ride bikes, whether recreationally or professionally.
All it takes is an inattentive driver, or worse, a malicious driver, to ruin a cyclist’s day. Or, for that matter, to put a sudden end to said cyclist’s life. If you’re out there riding, be smart. Wear your helmet (and make sure it’s properly fitted, too). Don’t use an iPod while you’re on the road (you just might miss the sound of a car approaching from behind). Carry ID, or wear a RoadID bracelet. And carry a cell phone, in case you need to call for help — or place a call because someone else needs help.
TBV was lucky — well, in a sense. Getting hit by a car isn’t the kind of “luck” I’d wish on anyone. The injuries he sustained aren’t life threatening, which mean TBV is expected to make a full recovery. Thank goodness. And I’m sure that once he does, he’ll be back out on his bike, riding a small “hill” known as Mount Diablo.
I don’t have all the details of the accident. And if I did, I’m not sure I’d publish them. I do know that at the time it happened, TBV was preparing for the annual assault on Mount Diablo. Unfortunately, that’s out for this year — which is a shame, to say the least.
Because of this blog, I’ve met TBV and a whole lot of other, very interesting people. And I’ve been fortunate to do so. It bugs me more than I can say that TBV was hit by a motorist who wasn’t really paying attention to where he/she was going, and that TBV has to endure the pain and discomfort that comes with such an accident. And it bugs me greatly that his wife and family have to endure all of this, too. None of this had to happen — and it makes me incredibly mad. So tonight my thoughts are with TBV and his family. Here’s to hoping he makes the speediest of recoveries.