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Ronkol pinkbikeoriginals's article
Dec 18, 2022 at 7:09
Dec 18, 2022
Video: Friday Fails #252
Every drop deeper than you can roll through demands a modicum of technique. A 90 cm (3ft) drop is brutal without technique, especially if it's a drop to flat. On what's going wrong? I see guys lifting their front wheel while going slow, not realizing that if your front wheel goes down again before your rear wheel left the feature you will go over the bars. Quite simple, bad technique. And the other issue is people not going to slow, but way too fast (for their skill level). I see people railing through woods at moronic speeds. To make this plain and simple, put on your helmet and walk with 3 miles an hour into a tree. If you are not convinced, have a little jog of 6 miles an hour and run into that tree. Not learned your lesson yet? Do it at full sprint. Even with a helmet, I doubt you will be up for another go. These guys go much faster without technique and then find out what a hard stop and momentum do to a body (if not their head). Lastly there were a few experienced riders having bad luck landing less than perfectly, diving into a corner and then hitting a pebble or rock while their body was imbalanced. Usually it ends well, sometimes it doesn't, with spectacular results (we all have crashed). But generally it's people not understanding the forces at play. and how dangerous it is to do these things without sufficient skill .
Ronkol sarahmoore's article
Aug 17, 2022 at 0:12
Aug 17, 2022
Video: 44 Seconds 17 Milliseconds of Red Bull Joyride
In a way they do. If you have done any competition sports you will most likely have experienced something similar (if not at this level).
Ronkol rasoulution's article
May 12, 2022 at 2:12
May 12, 2022
Video: High Stress Rider Meetings & Difficult Contest Conditions in Emil Johansson’s 'Phoenix'
Yeah, it's not as if they break their arms or ankles on these ramps effectively curtailing their career. As Ed says from his comfy chair under an awning, they are risk-averse pussies.
Ronkol rasoulution's article
May 12, 2022 at 2:12
May 12, 2022
Video: High Stress Rider Meetings & Difficult Contest Conditions in Emil Johansson’s 'Phoenix'
Interesting to see the conflict of interests. In these things athletes generally are not united so they have to go with the schedule. OTOH what can the organizer do when conditions do not improve in the foreseeable future. You can't postpone endlessly and hope the cameras will keep on running.
Ronkol jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 9:48
Apr 20, 2022
Another Spectator has Caused a Crash in a Major Road Race
@LS3VER33: The spectator definitely carries a lot of the blame. But it really is an unlucky incident. He isn't jumping in front of Lampaert, indeed they all step back. If you watch the race there are thousands of spectators encroaching way more and hundreds acting like complete loons with (dangerous) flags etc. This guy shouldn't be there, no discussion. But considering the barriers blocking exactly that part of the road up till that exact point I can understand why this happens. .
Ronkol jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 3:07
Apr 20, 2022
Another Spectator has Caused a Crash in a Major Road Race
@EarIysport: No I'm not? Minority sure, but some people here and some analysts say the same thing. All I actually do is point out the facts from the footage and say that this makes it a lot less clear cut than the Opi/Omi thing. I'm also not exactly swayed that by not joining this particular lynch mob I'm a lone voice, as you guys are doing fine without yet another claiming the guy should be beat up ;)
Ronkol jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 1:15
Apr 20, 2022
Another Spectator has Caused a Crash in a Major Road Race
@toad321: This comparison is not that applicable, as the marking up till that point actually made that part for spectators, not for riders.... So no, the track most certainly was not the entire road! Had it been that clear-cut chances there would have been no confusion and this might not have happened.... The spectator is certainly not without blame, but the other angle shows that the strip was blocked till that point with no clear marking that this stopped at that point. Lampaert swerved on the strip actually having a clear view of the spectators, whereas the spectators didn't have a similar field of view. So the spectator shouldn't be there, but Lampaert made a concious choice and gave the spectators about a second to react. If anything the marking was rather confusing.. why did it end there? Why not a marshal there? It was an accident.
Ronkol jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 0:22
Apr 20, 2022
Another Spectator has Caused a Crash in a Major Road Race
@mudcycles: There's footage from another angle that shows that the riders passed a barrier and then immediately ran into the side strip where 10 metres further was the cluster of spectators. The spectator is far from blameless, but the riders all of a sudden ducked into that strip.. with that speed there's little time. he was at the middel fo the cluster and clearly couldn't see Lampaert coming, even if he did step back quite a bit. It was unclear marking combined with riders en bloc and a spectator who was at the wrong spot. It's really quite different fronm the "Opi/Omi" incident.
Ronkol jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 19, 2022 at 23:04
Apr 19, 2022
Another Spectator has Caused a Crash in a Major Road Race
Nope. Especially since after our first gut reaction we should realize the fan wasn't as much of an idiot as people thought, and more of a victim of a poorly set barrier combined with a rider ploughing into them at 40kmph+. Accidents happen. If we want to minimize that we need barriers all along these stretches.
Ronkol jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 19, 2022 at 23:02
Apr 19, 2022
Another Spectator has Caused a Crash in a Major Road Race
I disagree. The fan was a fan, Lampaert swerved into that group who had a split second to react. It was an accident.
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