A touch of wheels is the biggest single cause of accidents. Last week we had “a touch of wheels” and Nick Kennedy went down. A rider on The Great Victorian Bike Ride had “a touch of wheels” and lost his life. A few tips to prevent “a touch of wheels”:

  • Never overlap wheels.
  • Ride to the conditions. On windy or wet days allow a greater distance to the wheel in front.
  • Watch and get to know other riders. Some riders are naturally less smooth than others. Allow a bigger margin when riding with them.
  • When you are caught or catch  a group be aware of riders you have not ridden with.
  • When standing up on bike do not throw your bike backwards, keep your momentum going forwards.
  • Riders tire later in races. Be more vigilant toward the end of races.