2012 Canadian Road Cycling National Championships was a race I had been looking forward to for a while. The course was an undulating out-and-back section starting and ending in Lac Megantic, with two laps of a loop in Lac Drolet at the furthest extremity.
In the loop, I was cheered on the steepest section of the course, feeling pretty good. We went through the feedzone. I covered an attack, brought it back, and talked to my teammate about strategy. The next thing I know...BAM. And black. And blue. I hear the peloton was starting to get pretty sketchy around that time, I'm sure I was taken out from behind. (**FROM BESIDE! A certain girl took me out from beside...I know the story now, and it's not pretty). I got up as fast as I could, but apparently I had been out cold for a minute. I said I wanted to get back on and ride, and I did. Then I realized something wasn't right and let off the gas right away. I took myself out of the race.
My head was hit pretty bad and I thought I had a concussion. I was brought to the hospital. I know better than to mess with that stuff. It's nasty. One thing I'm happy about though, is that I had my Lazer helmet on, and fitted correctly with the dial adjustment. It's cracked now, it absorbed most of the impact, and my brother Max said he wants it as a trophy. Okay brotha, it's all yours.