Maria Parker’s following van in accident. She and crew are all okay.
At the time of writing they are in meeting and haven’t yet determined their next course.
NO DNF. Rumors of a DNF are unfounded.
The team will continue to work to promote brain cancer research and will continue to raise money towards this end.
According to a crew member with whom I spoke on the phone, Maria’s following vehicle was rear-ended by a motorist who was driving about 65 mph. This motorist claims to have been text messaging and dropped her phone. Presumably, she then took her eyes off the f***ng road while she tried to pick up her phone.
This is why there’s a law against text-messaging while driving in New York with extreme penalties. It should be a federal law with a minimum prison sentence. (Call your congressman.)
Two of M’s Vendettas, which were on the van’s rear-end bike rack, were destroyed. These were her hill-climbing and her back-up bikes. The following van was totaled, but the driver and passengers are all okay!!!
This section of road is particularly hazardous. In past RAAMs, there have been horrific accidents in this stretch.
John Tolhurst of Cruzbike put out an emergency call for replacement Vendettas (which your faithful servant responded when he received it this morning). However, upon calling to offer my shop’s Vendetta, I learned that she and her crew are undecided about their next course of action.
Total production run of the RAAM Vendetta now consists of 23 bikes. Please no more accidents.