No, it’s me actually!
Once again I found myself unexpectedly airborne as I was cycling home from work. This time it was a car pulling out of a school car park just as I was unfortunate enough to be passing the school gates.
However, I think I’m starting to get the hang of being a crash test dummy, I’ve certainly had enough practice over the last few years! My graceful trajectory from bike to car bonnet and ultimately back to Terra Firma certainly seemed to impress the gathered onlookers. From the look of shock and awe in their eyes I feel sure that, if they had been holding score cards, I’d have been hitting at least eights and nines and possibly the odd ten too.
I believe I also showed admirable bounce-back-ability, (one for the football fans there), getting immediately back on my feet, despite the concerns of two passing cyclists, who clearly felt I should have remained writhing on the floor in feigned agony until the paramedics arrived, if only to make the car owner feel much worse than she already did.
I must admit the driver showed great concern for my well-being, flippantly dismissing the large dent I’d left in the bonnet of her car as totally unimportant compared to any damage that may have occurred to me. I expect she may not be so flippant when she takes it to the garage for a repair quote!
I hurriedly brushed a variety of leaf litter from my clothing and, having assured everyone I was perfectly fine, got back on my bike and continued on my way home.
As I carefully weaved my way through the gathered masses one witty onlooker voiced the hypothesis that I’d probably had much worse incidents whilst cycling down mountains… well there was that time I was attacked by a savage dog whilst cycling in Mongolia, but that’s another story..