R ick Taggart had less than a mile to go to qualify for the UCI Cycling nationals.
Part of the story is that he did qualify, but this story is about the fact that he won’t be going to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to compete in the cycling nationals.
Taggart and fellow 70-plus Grand Junction cyclist Ed Chamberlain were on cruise control headed into that final mile.
Then there was a crash. A bad crash.
It was a really tough break for Taggart, 71, who last year finished in the top five of the USA Cycling nationals.
It wasn’t just a tough break for Taggart; it was a painful break.
For Taggart, the result was the entire right side of his body battered and bruised with his right shoulder taking the brunt of the fall. A broken collarbone, specifically the clavicle, in two places. Grand Junction City Councilman Rick Taggart, 71, will be in a sling for up to six weeks after a July 13 surgery to repair a broken collarbone suffered during a bicycle race. He was riding in the 75th mile of a 76-mile UCI Cycling race in Logan, Utah, to qualify for nationals when a crash occurred. “I ended up going over the top, doing a flip in the air and ended up in a ditch,” he said. In his typical low-key methodical fashion, Taggart broke down the terrifying crash in Logan, Utah.“The crash took place inside the 75th mile (of a 76-mile race). It was one of those crashes where two competitors […]