Cyclist hit on Deer Creek Canyon this morning

From a friend on Facebook... a developing story!

"Today's ride was anything but fun. Around 9:00AM our morning group ride was heading up S. Deer Creek Canyon Rd when a motorist pulled up behind us and began to honk his horn incessantly. Then he sped up and rammed into one the cyclists smashing his bicycle and dragging him under the car. The man got out of his car, started swearing to no one in particular and then took the bicycle and threw it off the road. Notice the man's face as he doesn't have a care in the world. Not once did he apologize or seem to show any remorse."

Updates below

  • Rider was Bryon Nix USAC results & ACA results 2011 Colorado Masters Road Champion (and a whole lot more)
  • Driver did stay on the scene and the state patrol showed up.
  • Riders condition is not serious BUT more tests are to be done
  • Denver Post has picked up the story.
  • The Driver is apparently the grandson of a former USA President
  • This will be on 9News tonight, here is their version
  • Denver 7 News picked this up as well



Byron Nix on the ground after the incident

Statement from Thecyclist-lawyer.com

"This accident had the potential to be very, very bad -even life threatening, the way Byron's bike was sucked up into the front wheel of the truck -we are so grateful it wasn't worse than it was. We are also very grateful to the first responders for their prompt action in getting him to the ER, and to the Colorado State Patrol for responding to the scene and investigating and appropriately citing the driver. I'd also like to commend the cyclists on scene for their self restraint. I'm sure it wasn't easy to remain calm and collected with the driver standing there, but Byron's teammates did the right thing by taking photographs of everything and by remaining calm. Inciting an altercation would not have helped Byron or his case and would only have served to further increase tensions among residents/motorists in Deer Creek Canyon and cyclists who ride there."

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Why has this story been changed here?

First, hoping for a speedy recovery for Bryon Nix. The experience must have been both terrifying and painful.

Now, some questions for the posters:
1. Previously, the reported Facebook posting included, "... he sped up and INTENTIONALLY (emphasis included) rammed into one the cyclists ...". Now, the word "intentionally" has been deleted. Why?
2. It was reported that the motorist intentionally sped up and rammed into the cyclist, "dragging him under the car". Wow. The picture shows a cyclist on the ground amidst yellow plastic debris in front of the truck. Did the motorist back his truck up after running over him?
3. The cyclist is looking pretty good for a guy who just got drug under a car. Did a wheel run over him? What part of the undercarriage drug him?
4. It is also reported that the motorist "took the bicycle and threw it off the road." Is that the same green bicycle on the road right next to the cyclist on the ground? Did someone retrieve the bicycle and put it back next to him for the picture?
5. The other cyclists seem remarkably calm for just having witnessed an intentional ramming. Why aren't they at least gathered around to protect the downed cyclist from the maniac?

Seriously?

Of course you are anonymous!

Just for your edification. Road Cycling is one of the most grueling endurance sports on the planet and Byron Nix in his sissy spandex is a former Masters National Champion and one of the most respected elite racers in the state of Colorado.

Maybe some introspection is needed on your part to determine the true source of your misplaced rage.

Wishing you a quick recovery Byron, you are as tuff as they come.

I'm guessing they got a

I'm guessing they got a little legal advice. The details are better sorted out via lawyers and law enforcement rather than Facebook and 303cycling. It looks like there are quite a few eye witnesses to what happened.

Byron, I hope you have a speedy recovery. And also you owe it to the local cycling community to pursue all legal action against this guy. The next one of us could be dead because of Mr. Hoover and his ilk.

By the way, does anyone know whatever happened to Christopher Loven? Nothing?

Inflammatory story is contradicted by picture

I don't think it helps our cause as cyclists to report that a guy was intentionally rammed and dragged under a car, when the accompanying photograph contradicts the story. That he leaned on his horn and struck the cyclist is bad enough.

Wait a minute -- did he really lean on the horn? That's what the cyclists said, but they also said that Bryon was dragged under the car. What else are they lying about?

The "intentional" aspect of the story was reposted to BikeForums ("Cyclist apparently intentionally hit on Deer Creek Canyon this morning") with those forum members predictably believing it.

Quit pretending you are

Quit pretending you are Sherlock Holmes with the ability to discern exactly what happened by looking at one photo. If you listen to the interview with Byron, he says he got bumped in the rear wheel and the impact sucked his bike under the car. He obviously got put on the pavement pretty hard. As someone who has been involved in bike crashes and also been hit by vehicles, it's usually not possible to describe exactly what happened.

As far as intention goes, obviously the driver is the only one who knows for sure. I think the fact that he was laying on the horn for 30 seconds prior to hitting the rider, makes it pretty obvious in my mind that it was intentional.

Either way Mr Hoover is at fault. However, careless driving is a joke and if that is all that happens, then the cycling community should be up in arms.

Request denied

Ah ... no. I will continue to pretend I am Sherlock Holmes contrary to your admonition to desist. I like the hat, the magnifying glass and rest of this outrageous outfit.

You don't have to be a sleuth to discern exactly what didn't happen: contrary to the posting, Bryon Nix was not dragged under the car, nor does he claim to have been. As to intention, it may be obvious in your mind, but you don't even pretend to be Sherlock Holmes.

Of course Hoover is at fault. But how does it benefit the case or the cycling community to overstate and inflate the incident? In doing so, you only marginalize and further alienate the community from the people you would hope to influence. You can be "up in arms" all you like but the outrage will just be dismissed as a manufactured overreaction to an exaggerated anecdote.

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