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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 05/18/2010

Cyclists injured by tacks on roadway

By Washington Post editors

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bizarre case of sabotage at a Leonardtown bicycle race over the weekend that involved someone tossing numerous thumbtacks onto a roadway in various spots apparently aimed at causing crashes, reports The Post's Josh White on the Crime Scene blog.

Officials said tacks were thrown along the racecourse during the Patuxent Velo Cycling Club’s Leonardtown Criterium event on Sunday, causing cyclists to crash.

The crashes damaged some of the bicycles but also caused numerous injuries, including one cyclist who suffered a broken bone, according to the sheriff's office.

Cyclists in such road races can travel at speeds up to or even exceeding 30 mph, and sudden crashes can cause serious injuries.

Authorities referred the public to a video that one of the race's participants recorded while riding. It depicts a multiple-cycle crash at one of the racecourse's turns. In the video, riders are seen turning to the right and then crashing as they hit the tacks.

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By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Tags:  Bicycle, Cycling, Road, Sheriff, Sport  
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