Yesterday was another hot South Texas day. A friend picked me up at 6:30p to go to the Edinburg Coyotes baseball game, and it was still around 98F. As we turned onto Shary Road we saw a group of cyclists in the ditch. One guy was laying in the grass, and there were 2 vehicles stopped and assisting. I immediately thought there had been an auto-bike accident.
We flipped a u-turn, and I got out and offered my help. I was thinking that since we were very close to my home, I might offer some useful assistance. What I learned from one of the cyclists is that his buddy had ‘a stitch’, lost control, and fell. One of the motorists, who was politely offering to transport a bike, said that he saw the rider ‘just fall out’ and hit the pavement.
My guess is heat. The guy looked beat, was red in the face, and luckily had only a little road rash on his arm and shoulder. He’s very lucky that he wasn’t hit by a car when he fell, as Shary Road is very busy at 6:30p.
Fellow cyclists – beware the heat. Stay hydrated. Stay within your limits. If you’re struggling, say something. Don’t hurt yourself. It’s not worth it.