"It was the kind of crash that could happen any time in track cycling; two riders come into contact riding next to each other," Sercu said, "but this time it was fatal". See V-news.
Eddie Merckx commented:
I was at the event on Wednesday and spoke to Isaac briefly. To hear
that he is now dead is hard to accept. A rider can crash ten times and have nothing happen to him. This time, fate decided otherwise. This must be hard for his family and those close to him. See V-news
The rider also involved in the crash, Belgian Dimitri De Fauw said:
I was sitting in fourth or fifth position in the bunch. Iljo Keisse had just accelerated. We came out of the corner towards the finish when the bunch made a sweeper. I didn't see anything, I didn't hear anything, but suddenly Galvez was there; he had accelerated behind me to start the chase on Iljo. I never saw him coming. We hooked into each other with our handlebars and got catapulted towards the top of the track. It all happened in a fraction of a second. See Cyclingnews.com
It happened in a fraction of a second. A fraction of a second.
We can all relate to that. A recent ad for road ID used the often heard quote "as a rider, it's not if you're going to crash, it's when" to sell their ID tags.
I for one, have had 2 recent crashes. The 1st was being hit by a car 3 seasons ago, the 2nd was in June when the rider in front of me went down- both happened so quickly - one moment riding along, the next sliding along on the ground. 25 mph to 0 in a fraction of a second.
Galvez was going much faster than that and on a bike with essentially no brakes.
I witnessed 2 crashes this season - the muskrat amongst the Turin ride and the rock/Theresa/Andy amongst Judson and at least 2 similar crashes last season. All were scary as hell. You hear the crash first- the sound is unmistakable- nothing else sounds quite like it. Then you look around to see if anyone you know was involved. Then you try to help whoever was hurt. Secretly saying to yourself "thankfully it wasn't me."
As riders, we don't talk about crashing very much. We laugh it off and keep pedalling, kind of a "what doesn't kill us makes us faster" philosophy. Maybe we should. Or at least we should appreciate the things that really matter (besides the bike).