see, in my head, when people say I should try mountain biking, I picture exactly that, with fewer spectators and more blood and broken bones. I’m not sure even the best gear in the world would improve my chances, I lose my balance just standing on my tippy toes (sober!).
Aside from having insufficient points of contact underneath their centers of gravity, i can’t tell what caused most of those people to go arse over teakettle, other than perhaps going too fast on gravel (the turns at the end I understand, it was the straight downhill part I couldn’t tell).
My amateur opinion is that they were trying to fly down the hill so they crouched down when they should have been leaning back to handle the moguls. The only stupid thing I saw (other than the disked wheel of course) was the chain-linked fence. That kind of barrier has no place in downhill.
I did manage to skii without incident a few times, and I see the two as virtually identical in terms of harrowing tree contact. I just think it’s funny that there’s a video of exactly what mayham I’d always imagined in my head. The people do get up amazingly quickly and apparently unscathed, that’s the difference. In my head they’re flailing and screaming as blood gushes from their compound fractured bodies. Who knew there were cycling slasher flicks in my head?
It is comforting to know that is not normal If I picture it without the mayham, it looks like fun.
I’m pretty sure if they used helicopters, cranes and dollies, the early 90s mountain bikers would have still looked equally silly.
I got my first mountain bike in 94 I think. Fully rigid, bar ends, neon paint job. I looked much like these guys did, and I crashed in all the fantastic ways they did. When you are going over those moguls at that speed, on a fully rigid bike, aren’t clipped in, and you have no experience how to handle that, you’ll just go bouncing off your seat and pedals. I never ended up in the hospital mountain biking though, any serious bike-related injuries have been on pavement, being crashed into by other bikes/cars.
I’ve only ever done downhill once. My brother works at the shop at Seven Springs and he lent me one of the DH rigs one afternoon this summer. I was amazed at the stuff you can just mow over on one of those bikes. Every once in a while I think about selling my car to buy one of those bikes.