Division II Weekly Recap: Queens, Nova Southeast and Indianapolis Impress in Early October Weekend

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Queens had a strong showing against defending national champion Emory as the Royals won handily over Emory with a 187-75 win on Saturday. Queens saw dominant performances from Marius Kusch, Paul Pijulet and Nick Arakelian.

Kusch had a big swim in the 200 fly as he swam a 1:47.18, which is four seconds ahead of everyone else in Division II so far in this young season. The junior from Germany leads the national rankings ahead of Nova Southeastern’s Magnus Poulsen who swam a 1:51.46 at the Shark Invitational this past weekend. Kusch also swam a 4:35.76 in the 500 free. Kusch’s 500 times puts him at fifth in the nation so far.

Paul Pijulet also had a big day for Queens as he swam a 1:39.69 200 free that puts him second in the national rankings behind Indianapolis’ Guilherme Zavaneli (1:38.56). Pijulet also leads the national rankings in the 100 fly and free from his efforts on Saturday. His freestyle (44.97) leads Zavaneli’s 45.47 as the fastest time of the weekend in Division II. Zavaneli is third in that event right now behind Alex Sobers of Emmanuel College who swam a 45.29 last weekend. Pijulet’s 48.84 100 fly also leads the Division II rankings ahead of Delta State’s Giulio Brugnoni (49.49) and Wingate’s Sebastian Holmberg (49.57).

Nick Arakelian swam quick times of 55.69 in the 100 breast, 2:02.56 in the 200 breast and 3:58.16 in the 400 IM. He leads the national rankings in both events as he is ahead of Lindenwood’s Justin Winnett (56.17) in the breast as Winnett swam that on Saturday in Lindenwood’s win over Truman State. He leads the 200 breast rankings ahead of Florida Southern’s Luis Jasso (2:03.56) from the Shark Invite. Arakelian also has a big margin over the rest of Division II in the 400 IM as he is seven seconds ahead of Matias Lopez of Florida Southern who won the Shark Invitational at 4:05.68.

In other news, Indianapolis won the stacked Shark Invitational held in Florida this weekend. The Greyhounds finished first ahead of strong Division II teams Wingate and Carson-Newman. The aforementioned Zavaneli and Adam Rosipal were the stars of the show on the men’s side for the winning team. Zavaneli won three events from the 50 to the 200 free. Rosipal finished second in the 500 (4:33.83) and was third in the 1000 (9:33.39).

Rosipal finished behind Franco Lupoli of Nova Southeastern in his events as Lupoli won the 500 (4:32.25) and the 1000 (9:29.09)

UIndy also had a win from Rodrigo Codo Berti in the 200 IM with a 1:52.24. Berti has the number one time in the nation this year in that event as he went a 1:51.86 against IUPUI on October 5.

Indianapolis also won three of the four relays contested at the meet as only Carson Newman beat them in the 200 medley relay. Queens had the fastest 200 free relay of the weekend with a 1:22.19 to lead the national rankings. Indianapolis also had the fastest 400 free relay in the nation so far this year with a 3:04.02 winning the Invite. In fact, the top three teams in that event from that meet (Indianapolis, Nova Southeastern and Florida Southern) lead the national rankings in that relay.

On the women’s side, Nova Southeastern and Queens impressed with big early season wins. Sydney Panzarino and Emma Sundstedt had big wins on the weekend in Florida. Panzarino won the 50 free with a 23.47 as she sits third in the national rankings in that event.

Sundstedt won the 1000 and 500 on the weekend with a 10:23.07 and 4:59.41 in her events. She is the only swimmer under five minutes so far this season in Division II. Sundstedt sits ahead of Fresno Pacific’s Laura Fornshell in the national rankings at 5:00.12. Sundstedt’s 1000 also puts her at number two in the country behind Queens’ Francesca Bains, who won the meet against Emory with a 10:18.42.

Queens beat Emory on the women’s side 169-92. The aforementioned Bains was a star on the day for Queens as she won the 1000 and was a part of an extremely tight 500 race. Queens’ Mckenzie Stevens won the 500 with a 5:00.89 ahead of Bains and Emory’s Cindy Cheng who tied for second at 5:00.96. Cheng has the fastest time in Division III this season with her swim by nearly two seconds.

Stevens also had wins in the 200 free (1:51.46) and the 200 fly (2:03.57). Stevens is four seconds ahead of the next person in Division II and she sits behind Carson Newman’s Margaret Stansberry (1:51.32) in the national rankings. Stansberry swam that time at the Shark Invitational and also won the 100 free at that meet with a 51.85.

Carson Newman also had strong performances from Maggie Melhorn who won the 200 breast with a 2:19.09 to sit on top of the Division II rankings. Melhorn also won the 200 IM with a 2:06.12 as she sits on top of the national rankings in that event as well.

Nova Southeastern ended up winning the women’s meet with 779 points ahead of Carson Newman (626) and Indianapolis (477).

In relay action, Nova Southeastern had the fastest 200 free relay with a 1:34.61. They finished ahead of Carson Newman who swam a 1:34.96. Carson Newman returned the favor with a 3:29.41 to Nova Southeastern’s 3:31.09. Queens had the fastest 200 medley relay of the weekend with a 1:44.76.

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6x NCISAA State Champ Mary Pruden Gives Verbal Commitment to Columbia Lions

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NEW COMMIT: Mary Pruden has verbally committed to swim for Columbia University beginning with the 2018-2019 season. Pruden is from Raleigh, North Carolina where she is a senior at Ravenscroft School. She swims year-round for New Wave Swim Team, where she is coached by Coach Ed Lower.

Her freshman and sophomore years Pruden was a key piece of the Ravens’ third and fourth straight NCISAA 3A state titles. As a junior in 2017 the team finished runner up. Last year Pruden swam the breaststroke leg (31.33) as the team defended its 200 medley relay title. She also anchored (51.43) the team’s 400 freestyle relay that took down a 13 year old state record. After winning the 200 IM as a freshman and sophomore Pruden recorded a second place finish (2:03.05) in the event in 2017. She was also runner-up in the 500 free (4:57.93), improving from a fourth place finish in 2016.

A two time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Pruden is a versatile swimmer. She holds Ravenscroft High School records in the 200 and 500 freestyle, 200 IM, and 400 freestyle relays. She has Winter Juniors qualifying times in the 1000 free, 100/200 back, and 200/400 IM. Her top times include:

  • 200 Back 1:59.02
  • 100 Back 56.06
  • 400 IM 4:18.73
  • 200 IM 2:03.05
  • 1000 Free 10:02.21
  • 500 Free 4:57.93
  • 200 Free 1:50.72

At the 2017 Ivy League Championships Pruden’s best time in the 400 IM would have put her in the A final, behind sophomore Jessica Antiles who finished 6th (4:18.11). Pruden would have been a 200 IM B finalist; only Jessica Antiles (2:00.71) was faster. Antilles will be a senior Pruden’s first year in New York. Pruden’s best time in the 200 backstroke also would have earned her a second swim in the B final, behind current sophomore Julia Samson, with whom Pruden will overlap with for two years.

Pruden is joining a Lion Class of 2022 that includes verbal commitments from Cleopatra LimYanran Le and Madison Leblanc.

She told Swimming World,

“I chose Columbia because everyone I met was incredibly supportive and positive, and all teh girls on the team were excited to be there and training with each other. I’m so excited to be able to explore New York City while furthering my education and swimming! I wouldn’t be here without Coach Diana‘s and Coach Demerae‘s support throughout the process and the support of family, friends, and my club Coach Ed Lower! Go Lions!”

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David Marsh Will Be U.S. Head Coach at USA College Challenge

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David Marsh will be the head coach for the American team at this weekend’s USA College Challenge in Los Angeles. When rosters for the meet were announced earlier this month, no coaching staff was included for the U.S. roster.

Marsh recently took over as head coach of the University of California-San Diego, and he will be making the quick trip north for this weekend’s event.

But this weekend, Marsh will be joined on deck by Georgia assistant coach Jerry Champer, Louisville assistant Vlad Polyakov and McFarland Spartan Sharks coach Nick Weiss.

Coaches for the Pac-12 team are the head coaches for the Stanford and Cal women and men: Greg MeehanTeri McKeeverTed Knapp and Dave Durden.

Check out the updated roster for the USA team, and also find full USA College Challenge rosters and read more info about the meet.

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Eight Teams Set to Compete at FINA Water Polo Development Trophy

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The 6th edition of the FINA World Men’s Water Polo Development Trophy kicks-off tomorrow October 17 in Gzira (MLT).

The competition will welcome eight promising teams for a six-day tournament until October 22.

The composition of the two groups is as follows:

GROUP A: Tunisia, Uruguay, Iran, Malta

GROUP B: Peru, Singapore, Austria, Saudi Arabia

With four games played each day, the competition schedule unfolds as follows:

On the last competition day, all matches must be played to a conclusion so the Water Polo Rules for a Penalty Shootout might need to be applied.

With this event, first launched ten years ago and held every odd year, FINA intends to promote water polo on a global scale, especially in countries where the sport has not matched its full development.

The last edition back in 2015 in Tehran (IRI) was won by the host country team, while Uruguay took silver and Austria bronze. Uzbekistan won the 2013 edition of the Development Trophy in Kuwait City, Egypt and Saudi Arabia came second and third respectively.

Press release courtesy of FINA. 

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Olympian Roland Schoeman Partners with Scholarship Agency Athletes USA

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Founded in 2008, Athletes USA is comprised of former college athletes, coaches and scouts working together to market and manage scholarships to some of the world’s best known universities. With their network of over 3000+ schools and 20,000 American college coaches Athletes USA has helped to deliver scholarships to over 54 countries globally and growing. Athletes USA recently announced a partnership with South African Olympic champion and NCAA All-American Roland Schoeman.

Regarding the partnership, Schoeman said,

“I am excited and proud to announce that I have partnered with Athletes-USA. I was blessed to have been awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Arizona where I went on the win the NCAA Championship and become a 24 x All American. I wish that Athletes USA had been around while I was being recruited, while I fortunately made a good decision there are thousands of athletes that aren’t afforded the opportunity to attend the college of their dreams. There are unfortunately too many people out there giving the wrong advice to prospective college athletes.  That’s why I am excited to be partnering with Athletes USA, they are a world leading sports scholarship agency that take the time and make the effort to ensure that you’re not only properly prepared to attend a US College but that you are able to go to a college that will help you fulfill your dreams. Allow us the opportunity to help you get the scholarship you deserve.”

Athletes USA CEO & Founder, Chris Vidal, added,

“Athletes USA is excited to announce our new partnership with Roland Schoeman. We are extremely honored to have the pleasure to work with Roland. His experience and extremely successful swimming career will be hugely valuable for our swim athletes during their college recruiting process.  At Athletes USA we want to help athlete’s become champions. In order to achieve that goal you need to build a team of former champions and that’s why we are very excited to have a four time Olympian, 10x World record holder and Olympic Gold medalist Roland Schoeman part of our team.”

For athletes wanting to explore the option of joining Team Roland Schoeman at Athletes USA please visit this link: www.athletes-usa.com/swim

Press release courtesy of Athletes USA. 

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Texas A&M Adds Verbal Commit From Mark Schnippenkoetter

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NEW COMMIT: Texas A&M has added a verbal commitment from Mark Schnippenkoetter. He joins an Aggie Class of 2022 that includes Alberto GomezCoco BratanovShaine CasasClayton BoboEthan Gogulski, and Peter Simmons.

Schnippenkoetter graduated from high school in Mexico last spring. He’s since moved to Arizona where he is training with Kevin Zacher at Scottsdale Aquatic Club.

His best long course times are:

  • 100 free: 51.6
  • 200 free: 1:52.1
  • 400 free: 4:01.6
  • 100 fly: 56.6
  • 200 IM: 2:09.6

Those times convert to:

  • 100 Free 44.57
  • 200 Free 1:38.00
  • 500 Free 4:28.77
  • 100 Fly 49.22
  • 200 IM 1:51.89

Schnippenkoetter will join an Aggie 500 training group that was led by sophomore Jose Martinez last year. The two will overlap for a year. Jake Gibbons will be around for two years. In the 200 free Schnippenkoetter should be in the same range as Steven Richardson (1:38.17), who will be a senior in his first year in College Station.

Scottsdale Aquatic Club has also seen seniors Alexa MarklShae NicolaisenClaire GroverMcKenzee Gordon, and Madison Leblanc verbally commit to college programs.

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How Anemia is Hurting Swimmers

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By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern. 

For many athletes, being perpetually tired is just a way of life. Training is intense, school has its demands, and often there are simply not enough hours in the day to check everything off the to do list. However, there is a distinct difference between feeling lethargic on a Thursday afternoon after three days of doubles, and having chronic fatigue that affects every aspect of athletic performance. Many athletes, especially females,  find themselves so tired that sleeping and relaxing more does not seem to have any effect on their energy levels, and they cannot perform their sport to the best of their ability.

There are many reasons why this over exhaustion may take place, but one possible explanation is an iron deficiency, which according to Nancy Clark, author of Sports Nutrition Guidebook, can occur in over 50% of young female athletes. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which causes over fatigue, irritability, loss of endurance, frequent injury, and poor appetite. But, what exactly is iron deficiency anemia? And how can it be treated?

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What Is Iron? 

Iron is considered an essential nutrient, which means that it must be obtained from either diet or supplements. It is a crucial component of the hemoglobin of red blood cells, which are responsible for carrying oxygen to the muscles for energy production. An iron deficiency can be caused by an insufficient diet, but it can also be caused by an increased demand for iron through rigorous exercise, or through iron loss due to injury.

Obviously, athletes are at a higher risk of depleting their iron stores and developing anemia because continuous exercise, especially endurance based, uses so much iron that it is hard for the body to keep up in production. Iron is also lost in sweat, which can be a deceptive comfort for swimmers. Despite doing the majority of our exercise in a pool, we still sweat a substantial amount, which greatly reduces the iron stores in our body.

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How to Increase Iron Supply

The best way to combat iron deficiency anemia is to simply incorporate more iron rich foods into the diet. The RDA amount of iron is 15 milligrams per day, but athletes that undertake a particularly aerobic sport, such as swimming, probably need slightly more.  Iron is plentiful in animal based products such as red meat, poultry, and fish, as well as plant based products such as fortified cereals, nuts, legumes, and some green vegetables such as spinach. However, the absorption rate, or the body’s ability to convert the iron into a usable substance, is quite different between the two sources. Plant based sources of iron have an absorption rate of around 5%, whereas animal based iron sources have an absorption rate of about 15%. Therefore, although it is possible to be vegetarian or vegan and maintain sufficient iron supplies, it is much more difficult and requires a much more conscientious effort.

The other way to increase iron supply is to take vitamin supplements. However, one should never take these supplements without the approval of a doctor. Too much iron in the bloodstream can cause scarring in the stomach and organ failure, as well as a weaker immune system.

When it comes to iron deficiency and anemia, the only surefire way to know if one has the condition is to have bloodwork done by a doctor. Many times fatigue and exhaustion are a result of overtraining, and it is so easy to misdiagnose anemia. There is a fine line between too much and too little iron, and doctors are the only ones who can safely tell athletes where the line should be drawn.

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff. All swimming and dryland training and instruction should be performed under the supervision of a qualified coach or instructor, and in circumstances that ensure the safety of participants.

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Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics Adopts Team in Puerto Rico for Hurricane Relief

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As Puerto Rico continues its hurricane relief efforts following devastation by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a swim team in the United States has raised over $3000 for one of its Puerto Rican counterparts.

Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics recently put together a swim-a-thon-type event which quickly raised the sum of money for the Nadadores Ponce Leones. Swimmer Sylvie Hutter, coached by U.S. Olympian Dana Kirk, led the fundraising effort.

Jesse Vasallo, a U.S. Olympic swimmer originally from Puerto Rico, once swam for Nadadores Ponce Leones, and he told Swimming World about the fundraising effort. Team president Linda Ramos was “touched” by the gesture when she spoke with Vasallo, and she said, “really, this means we can get chlorine for the pool when the electricity comes back.”

Vasallo issued a charge to other American teams to support the 27 USA Swimming teams in Puerto Rico and “a couple others” in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “They all need help in one way or another. The idea is to help these teams to survive this period of hardship, with a bit of help and lots of hope that some day soon things will be back to normal and back in the pool training.”

A full list of Puerto Rican teams and contact information is available on the Federación Puertorriqueña de Natacion web page.

Vasallo also added that his team, the Pompano Beach Piranhas in Florida, will be collecting non-perishable goods to send to Puerto Rico at a team-hosted meet Nov. 4-5.

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Porter-Gaud, Spartanburg Day, Oakbrook Win South Carolina Ind. School State Titles

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This past Saturday, South Carolina’s private schools took part in the SCISA swimming state championship meet in Augusta, Ga. The meet saw Porter-Gaud dominate both the boys’ and girls’ competition in 3A while the Spartanburg Day girls and Oakbrook boys won the 1A/2A team titles.

1A/2A Girls

A deep Spartanburg Day squad edged out the top-end speed of Hilton Head Christian Academy to clinch the state title, 137 points to 127. Oakbrook’s girls finished third with 92 points, one ahead of St. Andrews (91).

In fact, Spartanburg Day won only a single event all day, as the team of Emily CobournSarah GriffinSusannah Lyon and Camrynn Wilson won the meet-ending 400 free relay in 4:07.08.

Hilton Head Christian got multiple wins from Chloe Corbitt, who touched the wall first in the 200 free (1:55.47) and 100 fly (58.21), and also from Sterling Burd in the 200 IM (2:18.52) and 500 free (5:21.72). Grace Hilton won the 100 free for HHCA in 56.99.

Hilton Head Christian also got two relay wins. Hilton, Audrey Robinson, Burd and Nika Cummings won the 200 medley relay in 2:02.46, and the same quartet won the 200 free relay in 1:47.84.

For St. Andrews, Gaby VanBrunt won the 50 free in 25.10, and sister Grace VanBrunt won the 100 back in 1:01.46. St. Francis’ Katie Lyons won the 100 breast in 1:13.19.

3A Girls

The Porter-Gaud girls won a third straight state championship, wracking up an impressive 245 points to easily out-pace Cardinal Newman (165). Ashley Hall was third with 163.

Porter-Gaud’s girls won five individual events and two relays, setting five state records along the way. Elysse Pardus won the 100 fly in 54.51, setting a new state record, and she also took first in the 500 free in 5:02.79. She then set a state record with her 51.22 leadoff split on the 400 free relay.

Younger sister Kaila Pardus set records in her wins in the 200 IM (2:08.98) and 100 breast (1:05.91), and the other individual PG win came from Ann Thompson in the 100 back (1:00.51).

Thompson, Kaila Pardus, Elysse Pardus and Alexa Johnson won the 200 medley relay in 1:49.72 — a new state record — and then the quartet of Elysse Pardus, Eliza Ford, Thompson and Kaila Pardus won the 400 free relay in 3:43.46.

1A/2A Boys

Oakbrook Prep did not win a single event in the meet, but just like with the Spartanburg Day girls, strong depth propelled that team to a state title. Oakbrook finished with 158 points, ahead of Palmetto Christian Academy with 138 and Spartanburg Day with 115.

Hilton Head Christian’s Noah Corbitt and Thomas Sumter’s Ed Lee were the day’s two double winners. Corbitt won the 200 free (1:41.45) and 100 free (46.34), setting meet records in both distances. Lee, meanwhile, won the 010 fly (55.38) and 100 breast (1:03.98).

Sam Biggerstaff of the Palmetto Christian Academy won the 200 IM (2:04.24) and teammate Will Vandergrift took first in the 100 back (56.29). Vandergrift, Biggerstaff, Brad Chaney and Michael Pernell combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:47.11, and the quartet also won the 200 free relay in 1:36.96.

Christian Academy’s Miles Washington won the 50 free in 22.51, and Spartanburg Day’s Ligon Chewning won the 500 free in 5:07.16. In the meet’s final event, Orangeburg Prep’s Drew PattersonJackson KnightClay Patterson and Bryce Glenn won the 400 free relay in 3:37.74.

3A Boys

Porter-Gaud’s boys scored almost double the total of any other team at the meet, scoring 293 points. Finishing well back in second was Ben Lippen (148), with Hammond (130) and Pinewood Prep (129) third and fourth, respectively.

The PG boys pulled off a win in the meet-opening 200 medley relay with Alex HanneganDaniel KassisWillem Goedecke and Michael Doyle, finishing in 1:44.27 to just edge Pinewood (1:44.27), and then Goedecke and Kassis each won two events. Goedeck won the 200 free (1:44.62) and 100 back (52.13), the latter event coming in state record-time, and Kassis won the 200 IM (1:57.88) and 100 breast (1:01.03).

Ben Lippen’s Matthew Fadel won both the 50 (21.55) and 100 free (47.31), and he led his team to a pair of free relay triumphs. Alex BrooksAlex BerrensAndrew Hoover and Fadel won the 200 free relay in 1:31.13, and the same four boys won the 400 free relay in 3:24.95.

Brooks also won the 500 free in 4:59.91, and Pinewood’s Daniel Grimes won the 100 fly in 57.25.

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Your most disappointing cycling moments revealed

From falling in stinging nettles to getting kidnapped, some people have really had a tough time on their bike rides

Cycling can be a great way to relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery. Rarely, though, it can also turn into an absolute nightmare…

Here, Cycling Weekly readers recount their most disappointing bike rides, brought to you in association with B’Twin.

What has been your most disappointing moment on a bike? Share your story in the comment box below

After stopping for a wee and a drink in a country lane, I remounted, lost my balance clipping in and plunged into a ditch of nettles. I extracted myself and my steed, thankful no one was about, only to be met with quiet applause from two pensioners at a bus stop I hadn’t noticed were there. They had witnessed the wee, the drink, the fall and the emergence of the bog creature. I cycled quickly away to notice my Garmin was missing! I had to go back… I found the Garmin, but not a shred of credibility or self-respect.

Graham Howard

While attempting the world record for the most countries cycled in seven days (broken!). Instead of applying Muc-Off Chamois to my parts I put on Muc-Off recovery (Deep Heat). Never again will you see me dance around a forest in Slovenia like that!
Robbie Ferri

Riding along an A-road doing about 26mph when a motorist slowed to pass me so his passenger could whip my lower back/bottom with his leather belt. Passing a couple of inches from my handlebars. Wing mirror folded in so he could get closer.
Mark Taylor

Getting kidnapped at gunpoint by four armed men on the Mexican/Guatemalan border. Someone stepped out into the road from the jungle, put a gun in my face and dragged us off the road. We were held there for 20 minutes while they went through all our panniers and held us on the floor with guns to our heads. We lost both our phones, cameras, bank cards and cash, but luckily we got away with our lives. A Mexican police patrol came down the highway and the guys legged it into the jungle and back across the border to Guatemala. Probably my worst day on the bike… that and the day I got 11 punctures.
Richard Riding

Head down, time trialling flat-out in a race. Suddenly hear a crunching sound from my bottom bracket, look down to see it’s completely wrecked and come undone, both pedals are now facing downwards and the bottom bracket is swaying side to side in the frame. Needless to say that was race over.
Ross Williams

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Thinking it would be ‘easy’ cycling in the nice flat Fens of Cambridgeshire. Didn’t factor in 20 miles of uninterrupted headwind and nothing but loooong straight road ahead. You could see your destination but, boy, it seemed like forever to get there. Utter misery.
Catherine Smith

Riding home from a jumble sale with two paperback books in a plastic bag dangling over the handlebars. Realising it might be dangerous, I wound the bag around my hand. This caused the bag to enter the wheel behind the forks. I ripped six spokes out of the rim. Tore both paperbacks clean in half and went over the handlebars, landing on my face. There was blood everywhere, which didn’t go down well with my mum as I was wearing an Aran jumper she had recently finished knitting. It took a month for my face to heal but I was riding again on the Monday morning as it was my only transport to work.
Ian Mitchell



Head on collision with a Range Rover, fitted with bull bars no less, rolling over it and landing in a bed of stinging nettles. During the bike leg of a triathlon, down hill on a blind bend on a country lane. I got stung so badly (wearing trunks and a cropped vest) I went into toxic shock.
Dave Paton

I was drafting a delivery truck going downhill at 50mph. Truck missed its turn and slammed on the breaks. I hit the back of the truck at about 47mph! Concussion, broken nose, bone chips in elbows and more road rash than I care to remember.
Jack Daley

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Attempting to bunny-hop up a kerb, misjudging and going over the handlebars onto the (luckily placed) grass verge. Jumped up swiftly to be met by a ‘polite’ round of applause from the group of builders working on the exterior of the house opposite.
Warren Gavin

Snapped a chain on a steep hill (bad maintenance), privates engaged with stem, tore a calf muscle, fell gracefully to the ground , nearly deafened by my mate’s hysterical laughter. He did ride home and come back in his car for me, though, so I forgave him.
David Lingwood


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