by Judy Sheridan
A cyclist participating in his first organized ride was injured and later hospitalized after a head-over-handlebars spill during the 11th Annual Moritz Ride for Heroes April 20.
The cyclist, an employee of Trinity Christian Academy, doesn’t remember the single-bike crash that left him with a concussion, three broken ribs, a collarbone broken in two places and five stitches in his right ear, Moritz Ride for Heroes Board President Dennis Thompson said.
The accident happened on Underwood Drive, soon after the race started.
“He blacked out,” Thompson said. “He thinks he went off the edge of the blacktop. He went over the top of the handlebars and landed on the right side of his helmet.”
The man was taken by ambulance to Harris Methodist Hospital where he was kept overnight, Thompson said. Several have emailed, asking about his condition.
“He’s OK, but he’s very sore,” he said, adding that the board purchased an accident policy for the riders this year and will supplement the man’s primary insurance.
“It’s a blessing,” he said, “a last minute thing. We bought the policy three weeks before the Ride.”
The event went smoothly for most of the 1,159 participants, Thompson said, with “an amazing number” emailing kudos about the ride, the rest stops and the hamburger lunch.