I just got back from running pocono east course.
to start the day - 14 people showed up including the 4 control riders. *So they ran it as an open day - no groups, no time limits, just riding. *I got to ride with the big boys and loved every minute of it and learned so much
now for the bad news - right before lunch i headed off into turn on and leaned it over then up got ready for 2 and then i feel something hit my boot - i think 'hmmm awfully weird place for a rock to be' *i grab a handful of brake and the lever is in my hand. *Now i am just [email protected]
at this point cause I am carrying WAY to much speed for me to make the corner with no brake so i hit the rear and head for the grass. *Now for those who have NEVER had the pleasure of riding pocono let me explain that the infield is like the moon - craters and gullies everywhere. *Anyway - back to the story - i was hard on the rear and my rear started swinging all over the place so i let up a tad and stop in a bit. *I did not dump the bike . *So I am sitting there on my bike smelling burning rubber from where I locked the rear up on the track and I just sit - for like 2 minutes. *NOBODY saw me go off or sit there. *I was there for 2 minutes before they threw the red. *That was my first red flag * * I ride to the pits with no brake and my lever in my hand thankful i am still able to think. *
So making it through that I got the bike fixed and continued through my day.
Packing up to go home I see a wreck on the track and it is the dude beside me in the pits, so I wait and the ambulance comes and drops him off. *I ask him how he is doing and he is just staring at me and then his truck. *He asks me where his truck is and I think - oh sh!t, houston we have a problem. *I do a quick medical exam on him and find one of his pupils blown, he is Alert and Oriented x 1 (that is BAD), and stammering. *I call the ambulances back over through the control rider and the lady EMT gives me sh!t for doing it. *I tell them what I found and they did their own exam and then carted him away. *I pretty much saved this dudes life and the EMT busted my chops. *SO I loaded up all his stuff and then took off.
Now I sit here and am already sorer than I have ever been riding a bike and wishing it could happen all over again