Some people say that Chris McCormack slammed into the back of Marino Vanhoenecker's bike. I say that Marino initiated the pile-up hours earlier by racking his bike in way too big of a gear, or maybe he was just taking too long to get going. At the front of the pack, you would never expect one of the world's fastest guys to be biking at zero mph and blocking the lane. That's like entering the freeway and there's somebody driving at 20 mph.
Racing is racing, and it's full of accidents. That's just part of the game. That's why you race often to see how good you really are. Never focus on only one event because you never know what might happen. If your whole training season is about one race, you are crushed if something goes wrong.
You can save a lot of money racing more often by racing local. Then you get really good at racing, which is a lot different than being good at exercising. Kenny Powers says it best -
Marino's derailleur was bent, forcing him to ride in wrong gears for much of the race. There was a lot of "words" thrown around over the whole thing, long after the triathlon was over. And if you listen closely, you can hear Macca throw in a little "F*ck off" at the end of the clip. Gotta love that intensity!