This is what happens when the final corner of a high-profile, downtown criterium is devoid of haybales on poles, trees, and parking meters.
That, my friends, is an illicit copy of Fabrice Dubost’s femur x-ray. The image was taken following his late-race, stupidity-driven wreck at the Sacramento Grand Prix, held this Sunday afternoon. For those of you who don’t know, Fabrice is an unbelievably talented rider, a good friend of mine, and a Webcor teammate. His season is now over.
I appreciate everything the promoters of this race were attempting to achieve — the grandeur, the fanfare, the spectacle — but in my opinion, several bad decisions were made without full consideration of the repercussions. Sadly, the end result was a severe injury to one of the district’s top riders. While the ridiculous field size — upwards of 170 riders, some with very questionable experience — was concerning enough, the true oversight was the lack of padding around the immobile objects littering the course perimeter.
Now, it’s not really my place to be pointing fingers or ascribing blame any more than I already have, because we all know that bike racing can result in grievous injuries; hell, we all agreed to race the event, in spite of the imminent danger. I can only hope that this unfortunate injury will be a shocking reminder of how perilous our sport can be. It’s not a game, my friends.
In the end, I’d like this post to become a depository for “get well wishes,” as well as a place where I can update those of you who know and care for Fabrice about his progress.
To date, Fabrice has undergone several rounds of surgery to fix his mangled femur, and will remain hospitalized for a couple of days.
If you’d like to send your well-wishes to Fabrice, please leave a comment below; I’ll forward the post to Fabrice so that — when he’s recovered — he can read the notes from his friends and fans.