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When things go wrong on Mt Stromlo

By johnboy 22 October 2010 29

[First filed: Oct 21, 2010 @ 11:57]

“SuperAdvancedMedia” have posted the above to YouTube showing the highs and lows of mountain bike riding at Mt Stromlo.


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Hells_Bells74 5:19 pm 22 Oct 10

p1 said :

Thank god you lot don’t regulate the sky diving industry. You would stop all jumps until the ground was removed.

I think you’re onto something there. I’d be first in line then!

Pork Hunt 5:01 pm 22 Oct 10

Go ahead, hurt yourself, make my day. I hate hospitals personally…

Captain RAAF 8:33 am 22 Oct 10

when people start demanding that rocks be removed from mountains so we don’t hurt ourselves ,I think indicates that we are truly doomed as a species!

p1 8:26 am 22 Oct 10

Thank god you lot don’t regulate the sky diving industry. You would stop all jumps until the ground was removed.

ThisIsAName 11:28 pm 21 Oct 10

Pork Hunt said :

Get rid of the rocks. It’s fair enough to have a stack in that sport but there is no need to head butt rocks like that on the way down.

Have you seen the Stromlo downhill course? There are a lot more rocks and nasty things to crash into. Still that doesn’t seem to deter some people from careening down the mountain for recreation…

🙂

DBCooper 9:04 pm 21 Oct 10

It’s interesting how many people after viewing the video feel the need to assign blame…………..to either the rider ie (How Dare she do that without wearing body armor), to the custodians of the trail for knowingly allowing “dangerous” rocks to be present on a mountain trail and or to the Gov’t for not forcing all pushbike riders to get fingerprinted pay a couple hundred bucks to register their bikes and be forced to take some bullshit safety course.

Shit happens………….Shes not dead who cares?

The Gov’t can’t even put insulation into houses without accidentally killing a couple people ridding nature trails of rocks is a bit much.

Special G 7:57 pm 21 Oct 10

How about we lay gym mats down on the sides of the track.

It’s a mountain. There are rocks on mountains.

Keijidosha 6:58 pm 21 Oct 10

Hurrr! I’m gonna ride real fast and turn left sometimes!

shiny flu 6:08 pm 21 Oct 10

‘Grrr’ is on the money. MTB is a HTFU or go home type sport (so is road cycling in fact, just in a different way).

chris820 5:52 pm 21 Oct 10

Yeah it was a tame stack. That rock in the guts might’ve stung a bit, but am surprised it required a hospital visit.

The video of the kid who face plants, however, was absolutely hilarious.

niftydog 5:22 pm 21 Oct 10

ZOMG! ROCKS! EEK! HIGH SPEEDS! Puhleez…

Anyone wanna help me get these pesky rocks out of the way of the smooth and safe (read: boring and facile) trail?

It’s about challenging yourself and being rewarded when you conquer your fears – just like any other adrenalin sport. Riders don’t just accept the risk, they embrace it – it is part of the appeal of the sport.

No lycra in that video anyway.

Why not make cricket and golf balls out of cotton wool buds! Baseball bats, hockey sticks, goal posts -> pool noodles!

“Life is too short to be spending time in hospital.”

Some would argue it’s too short to be passing comment in an online forum about an obviously unfamiliar topic, and yet here we are…

Pork Hunt 4:46 pm 21 Oct 10

Get rid of the rocks. It’s fair enough to have a stack in that sport but there is no need to head butt rocks like that on the way down. Life is too short to be spending time in hospital.
I guess this is the OHS rep coming out in me…

Grrrr 4:28 pm 21 Oct 10

Gungahlin Al said :

I fail to see why the custodians of the venue have not moved those rocks away from the side of the track.

They haven’t moved them because it’s a Mountain Bike track, not a fairy-floss-covered my-first-pony trail, you big girl. If you don’t like them then there’s always full-face helmets, pressure suits, padded shorts and knee-shin guards .. Oh, and deciding to NOT RIDE IT.

I don’t see anyone in the video blaming anyone but the rider for the fall – Real MTBers take personal responsibility for their actions.

FYI – the trail is called Double Dissolution, because of the doubles (which Postalgeek calls camel back jumps.) Thousands of riders rode down the trail a couple of weeks ago at the Scott 24 Hour, with no serious damage done.

johnny_the_knife 3:52 pm 21 Oct 10

James-T-Kirk said :

And that – is why they should be licensed and registered to ride on the roads….

Can you imaging the outcry when somebody posted the equivalent driving video…

If the person was driving in a risky manner in an area designated for that type of activity, for example a race track, it wouldn’t be an issue. In this case, the cyclist was riding in an area designated for that purpose, away from roads and motor vehicle traffic and was using the required safety equipment (helmet).

The kid in the second video, well, he should have been wearing a helmet, and probably will next time.

James-T-Kirk 3:13 pm 21 Oct 10

And that – is why they should be licensed and registered to ride on the roads….

Can you imaging the outcry when somebody posted the equivalent driving video…

ThisIsAName 3:05 pm 21 Oct 10

neanderthalsis said :

Why anyone would feel the desire to travel at high speed down a mountain with nothing between their vital organs and some sharp rocks but a bit of lycra is beyond me.

At least the rider was wearing a helmet, unlike this kid at Majura:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg1n12zIsGo

Postalgeek 3:03 pm 21 Oct 10

That’s the green downhill on the backside of stromlo. Fast, fun, and now getting increasingly rutted. Being wet doesn’t make it any easier at speed. Rocks give you added incentive not to come off. With MTBing people either learn or give up. And knockers are usually the biggest pussies of all.

There are several camel jumps that can catch the back wheel if you don’t pump through or clear both humps. I think the rider either had a table top or a camel in the latter part of that run and over-compensated. Not like a forgiving single hump. And it wasn’t a rock that did the damage. It was landing with the arms extended like that and the weight of the body pile-driving them into the ground. I imagine the shoulders and collarbone would’ve copped a lot of punishment. That would hurt.

Hope it mends quickly.

KB1971 2:40 pm 21 Oct 10

Dagget66 said :

/q

However, I fail to see why the custodians of the venue have not moved those rocks away from the side of the track. Begging for serious trouble…

/q

It’s called mountain bike riding.
If the rockes were removed it would be called road bike riding.

If you don’t fall off every now and then, you’re not trying hard enough .

Road bike riding has its own hazards as the rocks are moving with stupid people encapsulated inside………..:)

Dagget66 1:54 pm 21 Oct 10

/q

However, I fail to see why the custodians of the venue have not moved those rocks away from the side of the track. Begging for serious trouble…

/q

It’s called mountain bike riding.
If the rockes were removed it would be called road bike riding.

If you don’t fall off every now and then, you’re not trying hard enough .

KB1971 1:06 pm 21 Oct 10

I might add, I always clench my but cheeks tight on Terminal Velocity, especially at night…….

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