Suddenly out of control

In this short drama in five acts, Thimo describes how a small ride became a lesson in cycling safety.

Act One: Little tour after work

My colleague Hannes and I spontaneously decided to take a little drive after work. Despite the grey sky, we set off to escape the clouds and take a lap around Lake Cospuden in the most beautiful sunshine.

As chance would have it, we met a cycling enthusiast colleague on the west bank of the Cossi, who then spontaneously decided to come with us – of course with the minimum distance offered in Corona times. We were in a good mood, we had a lot of fun riding together.

So we decided to just take another lake with us. Since in Leipzig’s Neuseenland you don’t have to pedal far to get to the next lake, we were at Markkleeberg Lake in no time.

Act Two: Speed up on the climb

… … and we were already on a small climb, where I always enjoy just speeding up. So butt up, bend over the handlebars and push maximum watts into the pedals.

Just awesome

Actually.

Act Three: Bang and Fall

Then two seconds followed in which a lot happened and it felt as if I could watch in slow motion. First the chain broke. Shortly after that I lost contact with the pedals and landed correspondingly rough on the crossbar.

At this point at the latest, I had realized I’d lost control! I am still fascinated by how long it took my brain to complete this process. In fact, it was probably only fractions of a second.

And splash! I hit my hip hard. I saw my glasses flying through the air in a high arc. I myself slipped like a wet sack into the ditch beside the path.

Act Four: The seconds after

End of the line.

My colleagues came to me immediately, examined me and helped me. My first thoughts circled incessantly around my glasses. Were they still in one piece? Will I still be able to put them on? Will I be able to find them again?

Fortunately, one of my fellow cyclists handed me the glasses immediately, they were in perfect condition. And my hip? After all, the impact didn’t exactly feel like falling into a soft bed. I pulled myself up.

Good luck. Nothing more had happened to me and I could go on. Sure, here and there I had a bruise and a little ache on my hand. Otherwise I was luckily spared from bigger pains.

Act Fiv: Luck in misfortune

What I learned from this: Always wear a helmet. Because even if you are on the most beautiful cycle path, have a flat surface and a wide view – an accident can happen at any time as if from nowhere.

I’ve been lucky in my misfortune. Please be careful, put on a helmet and preferably ride with friends who can help in an emergency. So that a drama does not turn into a tragedy.

Mille Grazie Paolinho!

Thank you Hannes

This text was written by Thimo Lübcke, Head of Department at Checkstone, meanwhile with helmet on the road. Click here for his Strava profile.

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