Oh man sounds awful sorry to hear. I was in first group off so only was 1 crash and it was pretty bad. Lots of ambulances headed up when I was going down. Over dinner we had a friend that saw a guy go right over one of the guard rails (if you can call them that) and down the cliff bike and all.
Yeah, that guy fell off a 20m cliff. He was at the hospital too and supposedly in very bad shape. I only heard about him, did not see him. I heard the term 'fighting for his life'. I saw probably 12 guys in the hospital who had crashed. The waiting room was packed with women wearing Ironman shirts.
I was in the first wave too and I saw 2 crashes on the way down, one guy up high, sitting up but his face was covered in blood and I'll could see a bad gash on his temple. I saw a second guy with paramedics but could not really see anything.
I have to say, before my crash I was having a blast, but also very aware that the group racing Dynamics on that descent were VERY dangerous. Lots of people doing very aggressive and dangerous passing manuevers. Basically all out racing the descent in tight packs.
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