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June 14, 2022, 10:30 a.m. -  Moritz Haager

Good question.  I postulated that speed is dangerous in my article,  which is a bit of an oversimplification.  Speed is a necessary ingredient for injury.  The other is a sudden deceleration force. The faster you slow down, the higher the risk of injury. In my work, motorcycles have a very high risk of injury as they go very fast and offer no protection to the rider. That being said,  we all relax a bit when the story is the rider laid the bike down and skidded along the pavement without actually hitting anything, as in **_most_** of these cases they don't have any major injuries as there was no sudden decel. Totally different story if they hit a wall, or another vehicle.  Same applies to road riding.  If you fall going 45 kph but don't hit anything, you'll likely lose a lot of skin, but that's about it.  You could break your neck etc if you hit your head hard, but it's less common. On the other hand,  if you get hit by a car, or hit a wall like Chris Froome did, then injuries are very likely, and even worse than those in MTB because of the high energy / sudden deceleration forces involved. Speed loads the gun. Sudden deceleration pullls the trigger.

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