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Trebon's Head-on Collision

Holy crap. This is an unbelievable youtube capturing the moment Ryan and Steve hit head on. It is NOT what I expected. In fact, pretty fricking horrific. Frankly, I can not for the life of me figure out which side is 'correct' as so many dudes are weaving through and over that tape.

Reader Comments (11)

Yikes! Like a game of 'chicken'. Looks like the other dude was falling into the oncoming Trebon.

In any event, the course set up and conditions are to blame...riders coming from opposite directions should not be able to ride the same line.

Maybe they ran out of stakes and course tape? 8-)

December 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Whatup Chris!
Actually, that other dude is a good friend of mine. Shhhhh. I feel inexplicably bad for his luck.

Honestly, it looks as if the course tape may have come un-done. My other buds who went/raced/watched in KC said that particular section was a popular section for people doing the same thing...e.g. going hot through that section and sliding into the tape. I wasn't there so I do not know what was up but a fairly simple bobble it seems turned disastrous given how hot the other side was coming down.

December 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Yup. I wasn't there either, but you can't fault a rider for seeking out the best line. I've done plenty of tape stretching on muddy tracks looking for a few inches of firm ground.

That's a course design problem. If the course doubles back like that there really should be some space so that this doesn't happen.

December 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChris

It was bullet proof frozen mud ruts, and they just kicked you around. I don't think anyone would try to go thru the tape on purpose because you couldn't get back. But the section on the left was coming off a slight downhill, and if you missed the line then it would just throw you. It was also hammered there because that was a main pass through area for spectators to cross the course.

The course needed a good gap in between those sections.


December 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Doesn't look like he had an actual "loss of conciousness" as reported, which is good!!!

ac2 (in euro mullet and rather short cycling soks)

(oh... and short finger road gloves for cross.)

December 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Whow! I was there (did the race, not witnessing the crash) and I was concerned myself on each lap because I worried that the downhill section (the part that Trebon is on) would have riders flying into the uphill section. I never would have guessed that the uphill riders would go off course to hit the downhill riders... but damn that course was rutted and VERY hard to keep a line. Personally, that section should have been changed on Saturday, at least 100ft of it.

Kris Thompson

December 18, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkris

I was right there. It wasn't that the rider who hit Trebon was looking for the best line ... that particularly section was very greasy and that rider was going into that section 2- or 3-wide and was pushed off the good line that was on the far side and he's basically sliding on the frozen mud to the near side. The group just in front did the same thing and that's when the course tape was tangled and ripped. I'd say about 60% of the course was doubled back on itself -- bet they won't be doing that again next year.

December 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

if you look carefully you can see the rider on the left is just putting his foot down to keep from going over and that puts his shoulder over on the other side

December 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jeez. yeah that was bad.

December 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

yo bro....sick vid. I was there and have blogged some of my own video at

check out "even the pro field stacked it vid"...this is the same exact section on lap one going out on the lap. you will see a shit pile of riders crossing into the on coming lane where Trebon got racked....that was one of two sections which were just nar nar that day. The previous day the ENTIRE COURSE was like that, when I was brutal, not even racing, just surviving...see you at CULT CROSS this sping!

December 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLg

Yea, what lg said! I "rode" that section during the 40-44 Masters the day before as well as that morning in the SS race, and riders were crashing coming both ways every time. It was just really shitty timing for both guys, and neither are to blame.
Here's my report from the weekend, complete with the pathetic level of customer service afforded this "rookie" by USA Cycling:

December 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFastForward

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