A day after Paul Bass was hospitalized after being hit by an inattentive driver, Kyle Tollakson of the CSU Triathlon Team suffered the same fate.
At around 5pm Monday, Kyle was returning from a training ride, heading South on Taft Hill at approximately 30mph, when car pulled out in front of him near the intersection of Elizabeth Street. Kyle impacted the hood and broke the windshield. He was taken to PVH where he is being monitored in the ICU with injuries to the kidney and spleen. Surgery may be necessary to stop internal bleeding.
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First City Cycling's Paul Bass is in the ICU at the Medical Center of the Rockies following a collision with a car during a training ride Sunday morning.
Less than 30 minutes into their ride Paul, his brother Joel, Greg Thornton, Dave Heuter, Trace Whitcomb, Thomas Popple and Jim McChesney were riding two abreast and heading North on Overland Trail at an estimated 15mph. At approximately 10:23 an 87 year old male driving a 1997 Chevy Lumina turned East on to County Road 54G from Overland Trail (the driver was heading South on Overland Trail and turning East onto 54G. This is the intersection where the Swing Station is.). Tom tried to alert the driver by “screaming at the top of my lungs”. According to other riders, the driver never saw them and didn't use a blinker. "He kinda came to a stop and just gunned it," says Dave Heuter. "He was looking West". Tom Popple slid over the hood and managed to land on his feet and briefly gave chase since the elderly driver didn't stop right away. Paul Bass impacted the hood, windshield and was launched 6-8 feet into the air. Firemen from the Poudre Fire Authority Station 7 heard the impact and had responded to the accident in about one minute. Popple refused medical transport but Paul Bass who was unconscious for an estimated 10 minutes was transported to the Poudre Valley Hospital and then the Medical Center of the Rockies with; a broken C5 vertebra, a broken right elbow and most seriously a intraventricular hemorrhage in the brain. He is currently in the ICU being evaluated but is able to move both arms and legs and is conscious but medicated.
None of the other riders were hit. The driver of the Lumina who was reportedly visibly shaken was cited for two counts of wreckless driving by the Colorado State Patrol.
The races that were held on the 18th were so successful that the Colorado Indoor BMX guys have extended it by two more Tuesdays. If you didn't make it out on the 18th, I highly recommend that you get over there on the 15th or 4th.
Colorado Indoor BMX is happy to announce that they will be hosting indoor short track races on February 25th and March 4th in the Livestock Building at Island Grove Park in Greeley CO. The number one goal is to have a safe and fun event. There will be no scoring and no awards for adults (we have ribbons for kids).
Dates Categories and Start Times:
Tuesday, February 25th and March 4th
Registration opens 5:30
Kids 0-8 6:30-6:40
Juniors 9-13 6:30-6:40
High School 6:30-6:50
Kids 0-18 Free Adults $10
The Course is small and 100% indoors. We'll have 2/3 BMX track on dirt, 1/3 on concrete floor, all indoors.
If you have a UCI or USABMX membership, please bring it. It will help speed registration up. YOU DO NOT NEED A MEMBERSHIP TO PARTICIPATE.
Depending on where you live in the Fort, it's between a 30 minute and 60 minute drive. Coming in from the North via highway 85 seems to be the fastest route.
Volunteers always appreciated!
There will be BMX racing this on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with MTB open classes.
Friday sign up 5-6pm, races ASAP
Saturday sign up 11-1, races ASAP
Sununday sign up 9-11, races ASAP
BMX format, similar to 4X
The 3rd ride in the 2013/2014 Winter Ralleye gravel series is this Saturday. The Cinnamon Roller is a crowd favorite. Meet at The Bean Cycle Coffee Shop, 144 N College Ave, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524 at 8am Saturday Feb 15th. The 60 mile ride includes plenty of quality gravel and tarmac with some Cinnamon Rolls and sammies in the middle. The weather looks like it's going to be fantastic.