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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by mtech1950, Jan 4, 2013.
I still ride/race the occasional offroad event but I'm retired from MX. I loved racing MX and I always rode in control. I've never been one to pin it and see what happens, everything was always controlled. I raced the Weds series at Aztec for quite a few years. IMHO, MX is one of those sports where I need to be 100%, 100% of the time. If I went out and tried to ride 80%, I found my timing would be messed-up and I'd do something stupid. Doing something stupid in MX usually resulted in pain. My big one came in the second lap of practice for a Weds night race. I'd always roll the big jumps on the first lap, in case something changed since my last ride. On the second lap, I shifted up and rolled on the throttle to hit the finish line jump. Last time I stepped it off it was around 85'. Unsure why, but I shifted into neutral on the face of the jump and remember things from a 3rd person POV from that time forward. I was at the apex of the jump, around 15' in the air, doing around 40-45MPH when I stepped over the bars to avoid being driven into the landing area by a 225 pound CRF. I thought, this is gonna hurt. I cleared the jump, landed on my feet in the landing area (making the descent a total of around 20' or so and total distance traveled around 85 feet) and as I was rolling down the track sliding on my back, (slow motion kinda thing) feet above my head, watching the bike cartwheel above me, I thought "hmmm, that wasn't so bad" and then got collected up by the bike. I lay in the landing area another 30 seconds or so before I could gather the will to crawl off the track so I didn't get pounded by another rider.
I didn't break any bones, remarkably but lemme say, hitting the deck that hard at 53 hurts lots more than it did at even 45. I spent the next year fighting an IT band injury that hurt worse than a broken bone. For a couple of months, I couldn't understand why I had the 3rd person memory of the crash. Then the cobwebs cleared and I realized I'd banged my head hard, again. Visual inspection of my helmet verified a hard lick on the right side. I spent the next year trying to quiet the little voice that said "you were lucky to walk away this time" ( I broke my neck in 1994 when hit by a falling tree, in a race) A trip to the Nationals at TV last year was the final straw for me... as I watched the guys hit jumps I'd done many times before, I cringed at each takeoff/landing and realized I'd probably never be comfortable on the track again. Going back to my 80% comment, I decided right there that I was done. I'm 55, my wife works in a home business, we're really into traveling/diving (which is seriously curtailed by broken bones) and I've had 6 concussions that I can remember. It was just time for me to call it a career and find something else to do. I miss it, but I'm really enjoying not being hurt and beat up constantly. And I'm loving riding my Tenere'
You'll know when it's your time, if you're honest with yourself. If I've learned nothing in the last 55 years, I've learned to listen to that little voice. It's right more often than not.
Enough with my tale of pain, Oakland SX predictions:
Eli will get another 5th place start and run down Rocsen who got a better start and is in first. Seeley will get a great start but be bettered by Eli and Ken. Finish: Tomac, Rocsen, Seeley.
Villo will get a 2 or 3rd place start, move quickly to the front, and check out. Canard will fight his way into second and I believe BamBam will snort his way into 3rd. Finish: Villo, Trey, BamBam.
Thanks for the story Murfman, an 85 x 20 foot Superman without a working cape is impressive, but
I liked your story of knocking down a tall tree, getting hit in the head and breaking your neck a bit more.
Any chance you have videos?
My best guess:
Geez, good thing I'm not betting on my predictions :eek1 Reed and Stewart getting together...who would've seen that coming I think Barcia has to toughen up a bit. He ain't gonna win a championship like that! If Villipoto keeps getting those starts...he's got it! Milsaps...I'm going to have to start putting my money on him
I HATE CBS!!! Not even airing here locally today... WTF?!!
Tomac crashed lap 7 over the bars, face first in the whoops. Whacked his head and was holding his left knee. Didn't continue. Roczen took the lead with 4 to go, passing Seely. Seely second, Anderson 3rd...good show! Back to speed next weekend for the whole show
Kiss of death! Rough night for Eli. Gotta admit I'm happy for Roger D getting an impressive win from Roczen.
Great to see Dungey on the podium. But, dang! Villopoto won by almost 11 seconds!! :eek1
Making a long story short - no videos. 1994 Calamity Pass enduro. About 10 miles from first gas, I spy a bunch of spectators across a field. In trying to determine why they're there, I overcook a hard left and smack a 30' tall aspen tree with my right handguard. I regain the trail and about the time I hit second, I hear the crowd "cheer" About 1.8 seconds later I hear the loudest TWHOCK! ever and feel that funny-bone-struck feeling from my neck down as I'm limply falling off the back of my YZ250. As I lay on the ground, I realized I'd broken my neck from the buzzing feeling so I just lay there taking inventory. As I lay there, one of the spectators ran over and declared "He's ALIVE!" - WTF? Turned out the tree I hit was rotten at the base and I dislodged it, causing it to fall exactly in line with the trail. The top 6" hit me squarely in the Arai and drove my had into my shoulders like a John Henry struck spike. Broke 3 vertebrate in my neck and snapped 3 spineous processes. I didn't find out until 6 months later even tho I got checked-out the following day.
For OaklandII - Reed gets out of control in the whoops and cleans out Stewart. That seems really familiar... LOL.
450 - Villo stays on a roll, Canard won't get caught up in a Reedy-Stewart saga and Davey will take 3rd.
250 - Assuming Eli isn't hurt, he'll take 1st again, 2nd will be Rocsen and 3rd ... Seeley?
Wow, that's bullsh*t luck! I thought that kind of crap only happens to me :huh Group of spectators in one spot = danger! Glad you recovered!
Anyone hear what Barcia's problem was in this last race...aside from the fact he fell down. Web site just said he was feeling better? Sounds like Tomac is fine and good to go for the next one back in Anaheim and Stewart says he'll race til the end. Barring anymore clamities, it should be a good race...maybe everyone will settle down a bit...or not
race fans, back to saturday nite, speed channel. 10:30 pm et.... rack em up again..... villo? dungy? milsap? barcia? canard? or mr. x.....
Barcia has to get a top 3 tomorrow night, he'll come out fighting after the last two failures. Villipoto's on a roll, another good start and he'll take this one too. Sounds like everyone will be in the lineup, should be a good race!
I'm sticking with last weeks guess... RV, Bam Bam, Canard ..... Tomas, Roczen, Davalos
What a night for Dungey, can't believe he pulled it off after all that! Super ride! Milsaps there again! Wasn't Villipoto or Tomac's night...another crazy race!!
I cannot believe the night Dungey had! This just might give him some momentum.
Great to see Davalos put it together in the lites, but, Tomac came through the pack like a wild man!
Gotta love that "never quit" attitude! IMHO, The first few laps of the 450s was some of THE BEST racing In recent history!
great nite for ktm....
Great racing but I think I'll wait to jump on the air shock bandwagon.
Maybe we can get mtech one so he will slow down.
I enjoyed that race more than all the previous ones so far this season. Dungy is a good guy and it was great to see him pull it out after a trip to the Lcq. Krock was amazing as well, Mitch Payton cannot be a happy camper so far this season!