Man seriously injured in bicycle crash on Highway 46 near Templeton

September 11, 2023


A 71-year-old Paso Robles man suffered major injuries, including a broken nose and an apparent concussion, after crashing his bicycle on Highway 46 near Templeton on Sunday.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Philip Hasel was riding his Felt FBC performance bicycle westbound on Highway 46 West approximately 3 miles east of the intersection with Green Valley Road. Hasel was traveling at about 30 mph when he entered a rough section of uneven asphalt on the shoulder of the road, according to the CHP. 

Hasel lost control of his bicycle. The bike went down on its left side and collided with the asphalt shoulder. 

The Paso Robles man hit the asphalt shoulder, partially ejecting him from his bicycle. Hasel suffered road rash, a broken nose and a suspected concussion. He also complained of pain in his shoulders and lower back. 

Cambria Community Healthcare personnel transported Hasel to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo for treatment. 

Investigators say Hasel lost control of his bicycle because he was unfamiliar with the road and traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions. Neither drugs, nor alcohol appear to have factored into the crash. 

A CHP investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

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I seriously doubt he was going 30 mph on a pedal-powered bike. I have been riding for years and the fastest I ever got was 17-18 mph (and that was down a big hill!)

You do realize, the average running speed for humans is in the 16-23mph range? Usain Bolt has been clocked at 27mph. I’m guessing that hill you rode down, wasn’t very big…

Crappy bicycles can easily hit 30mph…even downhill. Quality bike will easily do much more. Felt® bikes are very high quality.

I have been writing for years, and on a two hour bike ride I average between 14 and 16 mph. The only time I get anything over about 25 mph is going down a steep hill. And as far as Husain bolt is concerned, he hits that speed for a few seconds within 100 m run.

“…average running speed for humans is in the 16-23mph range?” Doubtful at best. A four minute mile is only 15 mph. A 10 second 100 yard dash is only 20 mph. Don’t think the average human can even come anywhere close to either of these feats. Are all your other numbers off by the same magnitude.

A simple Google search would alleviate your doubt… “Cycling speed is determined by a multitude of factors. The size and quality of your bike, your biking skill, and the environment around you can greatly affect your cycling speed. On average, your maximum speed will be at about 30 MPH. For professionals, the maximum speed raises to about 45 MPH”