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Video: Drone causes spectacular crash at criterium in California

Rider reportedly escaped serious injury after piece of drone got stuck in his front wheel

We've seen all kinds of things cause crashes at bike races over the years - dogs and selfie-taking spectators being just two - and now drones can be added to that list following a spectacular crash at a criterium in California.

Footage of the crash was shot by cyclist Kaito Clark, who was taking part in the  Golden State Race in Sacramento.

His bar-mounted camera captured the moment the drone shattered into pieces after hitting some tree branches, part of it apparently becoming lodged in the front wheel of a fellow competitor, with the unfortunate rider catapulted over the handlebars moments later.

According to a thread on Reddit, the cyclist escaped without serious injury - although his front wheel and helmet were both destroyed in the crash, with the drone operator offering to replace them.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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