How to Hit Your Head on Pavement at 17MPH and Survive!

Imagine riding your road bike and as you near a curve in the bike trail hitting speeds of around 17 miles per hour your front tire instantly goes flat.  Now you’re trying to corner on a metal rim sliding across the pavement which has as much traction as an ice skating rink.   This is exactly what happened to Tom Monett, cycling enthusiast, big mountain skier, hiker and mountain climber.  As Tom’s bike slid out from underneath him, he didn’t have enough time to catch himself let alone think about what was about to happen.  As his head hit the pavement, and his ribs began to break, his wisdom to ride with personal protective equipment most likely made the difference between life and death.  Watch this episode of royonrescue to see the full interview and hear his story about surviving a high speed cycling crash.


Warning!  Video contains graphic pictures of injuries and accidents.

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Roy Shaw

Roy is the lead trainer and co-founder of ProTrainings. He is also an EMT paramedic whose opinions about rescue come from many years of experience on the ambulance.

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2 comments on “How to Hit Your Head on Pavement at 17MPH and Survive!

  1. Roy,
    Thanks alot for deligently sending me updates on CPR. I have been training staffs on CPR ,with my team.
    These informations refreshed me.
    Thanks alot again!!

    • It’s an honor to be of service. I’m glad to know that the ongoing education is of help and I really appreciate all the work you are doing with your staff. Keep up the good work and let me know if there are any topics which you would like to discuss more.

      Best Wishes,


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