Last week Morgan and I got into a pretty bad tumble on the way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh – one of those types of crashes you wish was filmed because it would have looked awesome in slow motion. There have been more than a handful of those since we left Paris, and it got us thinking; what are the most dramatic bicycle crashes we’ve had? With the help of science and stuff, we determined the five best.
#5: Dijon, France
Culprit: Railroad Tracks
The Set-up: It’s day 5 of the Postulate One trip and Chris kicks things off by letting a front wheel slip into the diagonal railroad tracks crossing the intersection. He quickly learns his bike is not a train.
Style Points: Superman projection over the handlebars, front bags thrown off, blocking traffic: 7 points.
Damage: skinned elbow, bent brake lever. 6 points.
Avg. Score: 6.5 points
#4: Madhra Pradesh, India
The culprit: boy on bicycle
The Set-up: It started with the cow. Morgan was minding his own business, cruising fast through the village in the middle of the road. A boy cycling next to him swerved to avoid the cow, and t-boned Morgan in the front wheel.
Style Points: Having an entire village of onlookers surround the crash site, the scared kid grabbing his bike and running away before he could get scolded. 8 points
Damage: busted shoulder, snapped gear lever. 7 points.
Avg. Score: 7.5 points
#3: Pontic Mountains, Turkey
The culprit: Big Rig Truck
The Set-up: Riding through one of Turkey’s 4 kilometer long tunnels along the Black Sea, Morgan gets a little too close to the curb when a big rig truck passes by him.
Style Points: Causing the next approaching truck to slam on its brakes and avoid crushing Morgan’s head by a matter of feet. 10 points!
Damage: cracked helmet, deep psychological fear of tunnels for the rest of the trip. 7 points
Avg. Score:8.5 points
#2: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Victim: Chris and Morgan
The culprit: Pothole
The Set-up: Cambodia’s national highway 6 is perfectly paved except for its jagged edges, a fine scenario up until the ride leader starts daydreaming.
Style Points: Morgan reverse McTwisty sideways tumble, taking out Chris who was following right behind, and making the kids in front of an elementary school laugh. 9 points
Damage: bruised hips and shoulders, Morgan’s front wheel badly bent. Two very bummed bicycle tourists. 9 points
Avg. Score: 9 points
#1: Basil, Switzerland
The Culprit: Dumpster
The set-up: So there was an empty road in Switzerland, and then there was this dumpster off to one side…
Style Points: beautifully executed, full speed rendezvous with a large stationary object. 10 points
Damage: Bicycle frame completely bent in two, and maybe Morgan’s pride. 10 points
Avg. Score: 10 points