Injured cyclist recounts day he nearly lost his life

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I’m the injured cyclist you covered in the Aug. 5, story in the Monitor. A correction is necessary regarding the event leading up to my crashing into the West Gate as reported by Bob Krakowski.
I had ridden from White Rock up to the descent to the Caldera accompanied by  four other cyclists. After a short rest we headed back down to return to  White Rock via Los Alamos.
I descended fast and waited at the turn and had  some energy drink and a protein bar. When the others descended, I suggested  they go ahead while I finished my snack. I started out a couple of minutes  later and after riding the rollers was able to hit the downhill and see the  gate.
It must have been an optical illusion or an ominous delusion, but I was  sure I saw the gate open wide enough to pass through. I’ve ridden by the West Gate many times before and had never seen it open. My instinct was to stay  straight and head for the opening. I picked up my cadence to about 30-35 mph after seeing the gate begin to close; yet another illusion. When I got close enough to see that the gate was closed, it was too late to turn,  brake or jump. I uttered the biker’s about to crash phrase and  went headlong into the gate. That’s all I remember save hearing the helicopter rotors.

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