BETHEL -- There's never a bronco that can't be rode. There's never a cowboy who can't be throwed.
The same holds true for bicycling.
First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker found that out for himself Saturday.
Knickerbocker, an avid rider for 40 years, had never had a serious accident, other than a cracked rib he got on a mountain bike many years ago.
"I'm a very safe rider,'' he said Sunday.
But Saturday morning, while out for a 50-mile ride with one of the cycling clubs he's a member of, he was headed downhill when his bicycle hit a rock.
"I don't know where it came from,'' Knickerbocker said. "I don't know whether it fell on the road or whether it was hidden in shadows. But I hit it. My bicycle went `boom' and I went flying.''
Going downhill at 25 mph, flying riders land hard. Knickerbocker broke his collarbone, and suffered some major road burns.
He was wearing a helmet, which cracked.
Knickerbocker, who received emergency treatment at Danbury Hospital, will find out this week whether orthopedic surgeons will have to attend to his collarbone, or whether it can mend on its own.
Meanwhile, Sunday evening he was washing his road burns with hydrogen peroxide.
"That hurts worse than the collarbone,'' he said.