Happy to hear you missed the trees, and that you are okay-ish. I presume you are more stiff and sore today than when working on the video. Hope mama and the kids are being supportive.
I agree, the front end pushed when it hit the sand and dropped instantly.
I'd guess the only comment of merit to make here is the conditions in shadows early in the season are suspect.... still likely to be sand and debris in the low spots. Your speed looked like it might have been a (small) tad high; if you had scouted the route to look for stuff before you started pushing the pace, it's possible you could have identified the limited traction.
This is not meant as criticism -- hopefully we can all gain something from the event. My advice to anyone riding at pace in the early part of spring is to limit your lines to ones that stay in the tracks that car tires have already cleared of debris. Two track vehicles will scrub the pavement clear of [email protected] much sooner where their tires work, than on the rest of the surface.
Hindsight is 20/20.... I have this teeshirt. 40 MPH off the side of a road over the embankment headed to a rock strewn creek at the bottom?Yeah this morning sucks for soreness.
I appreciate the support & kind words, I will get back on two wheels as soon as insurance does their thing.
I agree I could have scouted the road, I did know there would be gravel/loose dirt in places I was riding in California, and yes CA/NV sand, salt, etc, this road however was clean, minus the run off from the mountain / rock slides. The only problem with scouting this road, is I wasn't looking to "push" myself on it, because I already knew it was a bad road I was only passing through, I was under the road speed limit at time of crash, I was riding closer to center lane because there were a lot of pedal bikers on the road doing a lot of stupid things so I didn't want to hit any, the road is also very narrow, superview on the gopro distorts that, so I stayed away from the far outside lane in the blind corners... So I agree 100% to some of the comments above, I just had a bad hand of cards and there was no way to clear the table...
In my mind though I was already under speed, and assumed 40mph into a 50-60mph corner wouldn't be an issue IF there were to be gravel/loose dirt. I was wrong.