Nigel physking himself up for racing...
By mid-day warm-up riding was over and it was race-time.
The video's a long one, but I managed to weave a complete music track on it. The Youtubers banned it citing copyright but after I gave them some libertarian attitude and explaining they
At the end of lap one the big jump awaited.
Our riding champion Boi made a near fatal error on the big jump at the lap-line. (1:37)
His take-off was just out of line and he landed across the edge, nearly ended up toppling the bike off the hillock. That would of been nasty having the bike tumbling into you.
He held it steady on landing and almost self-rescued but a passing biker twatted the throttle control sending the bike sliding down the jump hill further. Throttle wide open and a-firing there was a problem.
Besides being bent, the throttle cable was near-severed and disengaged from the recess clip the plastic shroud was also ripped open.
Plenty more bikers tumbled off and slide around into the mud nearby but the race was over for Boi on this bike.
The achilles heel well and truly exposed and we'd need a spare shroud casing to continue this days racing...
But nobody brings spares to these races. We tramped around mob-handed but no joy. It's run what you bring and fix it at the shop later.
I think Boi was very upset as it was my buddy's bike he'd borrowed and had lost face in 'failing him'. But knocks and tumbles are the inherent groove with this.
Nigel, his sponsor-racer remained in good spirits, even though it meant he wouldn't be riding it in the VIP race later on.
We were spectators more now and I lost a bit of my enthusiasm for the day but figured I might as well get some footage for you folks, as the layout of the track was nice enough.
An interesting development took place just after the bike was discovered to be immobalised. Alex, our friendly rival who initially said he wasn't going to race, upon learning of Nigels loss, got kitted up and ready!
Here he is (on the left) giving some Flanders style spiel to Nigel:
The day heated up a bit now as the clouds were blasted away.
The ground dried out and the bikers got their groove on.
Some incredibly close-calls allowed a lot of cool overtakes to take place on the main burn after the main jump (5:20).
Family gathering look on as the junior bikers start their race:
More about this in the bonus footage later:
Girl Rider makes an entrance!
Pillion racing! Watch out pooch!
This was fun to watch, some of them even got some air-time on the jumps!
No big injuries, altough there were tons of close calls all ended well. By five o'clock we were on the road back home. Boi's pride was bruised but at least he was uninjured.
Only three weeks previous an experienced farang had broken his leg in one of the dirt races, and he was wearing full armour. So it makes you aware of your mortality when you see these things go on and not hurt people badly.
Like boys with our dangerous toys
Hope you enjoyed