Quick and Dirty

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Rocky mountain high!

Simon and I went to pre-ride the Xilinx USGP track today and although the course is mostly flat and pretty straight forward, I still almost bit off more than I could chew...

We went over to the course with our gracious host Greg Keller and got in a couple of slow laps for inspection. The course is mostly really bumpy turf and some good bits of pavement. There's a cool part that has some whooptys and a mini-berm turn. It's just enough to pitch you into the air if you're going full speed. There are a few little fly-over bridges that were being built to allow the course to pass over some ditches.

So after a getting warmed up, I was following Simon and Greg into the whoops and it looked like Simon was getting some sweet air as he rolled through, so I thought I'd pop a little ollie as I rolled over the biggest one. All of a sudden I was pitched ass-over and getting piled up in the landing! I guess the takeoff was a little bumpy and I got pretty stuffed up as a result. I took my time picking up, checking myself over and looking for damage... I am ok, but I broke my front shifter. I hurt my ribs kind of too, but I don't think tha will hinder me in the race. Luckily, it's stuck in the big ring so I think it will work tomorrow as long as I set the limit screws on my front derailleur so it can't shift down to the 39t ring unexpectedly. I'll ride the other bike and hope for no more problems...

Afterwards, I realized how lucky I was. Two other guys had crashes there, one breaking his collarbone and Simon actually rode out a sketchy nose wheely as he landed right in front of me and nearly ate it himself.

It's better to be lucky than good, and at least I was lucky today. I'm really hoping I get a bit more good luck throughout the weekend...

5 Comments:

At 5:13 PM, Blogger swiggco world said...

rule# 1......don't drop the watermelon.

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger swiggco world said...

rule # 2......don't drop the other watermelon.

 
At 6:53 PM, Blogger swiggman said...

Rule #3..... Don't ever race a cyclocross race if it's at high altitude.

 
At 7:30 PM, Blogger Hooptie said...

Did you pimp the woops?

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger Josh and Barb said...

I pimped the living heck right out of those whoops. I came into them at full tilt each time and had no troubles. I was somewhat concerned about crashing on those when things got fast, or being right on someone who could crash on them but it was fine for me. They claimed Simon pretty bad. They were super bumpy and uneven so it was easy to hit a funky spot and get pitched. All in all they weren't that cool, if someone had taken a little time to fix them with a shovel they would have been pretty fun.

 

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