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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 has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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