The recent near-death experience of Masters racer Mike Allec highlighted the inherent dangers of bike racing — not just at the professional level, but across all categories. Whether you’re 18 or 81, hurtling your bicycle into tight spaces at high speeds brings with it a very real possibility of road rash, broken bones, or worse. And while younger riders are generally fearless, and may well be pursuing a career in the sport, for amateur snd Masters racers, the willingness to risk injury for their passion is based on intangibles.
In this episode, Elden Nelson and U.S. Editor Neal Rogers speak with Mike Allec about his close call, and how it's changed his outlook on competition, at least in the short term. In addition to sharing their own “worst race accident stories,” and why they continue to compete, they also speak with elite amateur racers Frank Cundiff, from Virginia, and Sarah Barber, from Idaho, who discuss the rewards they get from racing, and how they reconcile that with the very real risk of injury.