Close call on camera

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Steady rider
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Close call on camera

Postby Steady rider » 5 Jun 2017, 1:07pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... episode-7#

About 6 mins in.

It shows a cyclist trying out a mountain bike course, it seems he was going slower than others and did not fly over a jump. One rider avoided the jump, that he should have done. He ended up having a head impact. It suggests he should have rode the course slowly to start with and any jumps avoided until he was ready for the sort of jump involved. He also had a backpack that would have had a negative effect in balance terms. Are these course graded, starters, low risk and skill, median risk, higher risk, very high risk etc?

Mattyfez
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Re: Close call on camera

Postby Mattyfez » 13 Jun 2017, 5:42pm

If it's a mountain bike center, they are graded a bit like ski slopes, green and blue for beginners/leisure riders, red for the more adventurous and black for the real rough stuff.

Most obsticles like that also have diversions so you can ride around them if you don't fancy your chances.

For example http://www.gisburnbiketrails.com/trail-info but yes it's generally advisable to do a slow lap on any unfamiliar trail so you know what to expect.

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ChrisOntLancs
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Re: Close call on camera

Postby ChrisOntLancs » 13 Jun 2017, 6:52pm

yeah i cycle through clayton vale a lot and there's this little gap in the bushes, with a post that has a little black square on it. one of these days i'm going to have a look, and i'm gonna end up like this guy.

glad he's ok, hope it didn't put him off either.