PRESS RELEASE: DarkFEST
On Tuesday evening the guys had a test session and started warming up on the step up and drop, checking speed for the newly upgraded big beast of a trick jump. The nerves were high, testing jumps of this size never gets less scary. The lip is around 5m tall with the landing 15m away, which makes this one of if not the biggest trick jump ever!
After a few run ins to eye it up, Sam decided to send it first. Not knowing what speed to head into it, his main concern was overshooting it. With such a steep landing, you could end up coming down a long way. He went in fast, but not full speed and popped sooo high off the lip. Unfortunately, he just didn't get the distance and had to hit the eject button. He came down hard on the back of the landing (it is like concrete), taking a lot of the impact on his foot, hip and shoulder all on his right. But, his left hand and wrist took the brunt of the force. He's fractured and dislocated some of his carpals and shattered the end of his ulna, which will need surgery. This obviously means he won't be able to ride at DarkFEST, which we are sad to say, but the madness will continue. Sam will be around to chat to fans and cheer his friends on!
Clemens jumped in the digger the next morning and reshaped the lip to make it safer. These guys are pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a bike. With their experience, they are often on point, but every now and then the calculations are slightly off. These are the risks we forget when we watch them fly through the air and make these jumps look so smooth and effortless. A crash like this on normal trails would leave you with a few bruises, but with the jumps he guys are dealing with here, a small miscalculation has much higher risk, so they really do focus on trying to keep everything as safe as possible.