Lord Jubjub: Pike's Peak has a rather large flat surface at its summit. How do you not be able to stop in time?
Uzzah: Now, they run an annual marathon up it.
whither_apophis: A poorly placed finish line?
Prey4reign: Lord Jubjub: Pike's Peak has a rather large flat surface at its summit. How do you not be able to stop in time?The racer was from Flower Mound, Texas -- elevation 600 ft. It's quite possible he didn't acclimate himself to the altitude he would be operating in. The race is run on the road up to the summit of Pikes Peak. The start is somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,100 ft and ends at 14,115 ft. Anyone from an area around sea level who doesn't gradually acclimate themselves to the oxygen thin air you find at 14,000 ft is in for a shock. The first time I visited Pikes Peak we were staying in Colorado Springs. The first morning, I thought it would be fun to take the cog railroad up to the top. So I boarded the train and up we went. I didn't feel any discomfort or disorientation on the way up inside the train but when we pulled into the station at the top and I got off, I suddenly felt whoozy, nauseous and my vision was blurry. Luckily they have medics on duty up at the top who gave me oxygen and had me eat some food and drink some water. Perhaps the biker's adrenaline during the race masked his symptoms and it didn't hit him until he reached the top and failed to stop where he was supposed to stop. Just speculating.
Prey4reign: Look at this way, he died doing what he loved -- careening off a mountain to a rock ledge below. And that, dear friends, is the downside to racing a motorcycle up a mountain.
Prey4reign: Luckily they have medics on duty up at the top who gave me oxygen and had me eat some food and drink some water.
moike: Here's one of the guys I race with during his first year out at Pikes Peak in 2011 blowing by the finish line and doing a 360 in the dirt lot at the top of the hill, ending up damn close to the cliff edge.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDDvPSBiy14#t=13m15sIt's a pretty dangerous road race, I've always wanted to take a crack at it but I can think of better things to blow five to ten grand on. IOM TT/NW200 still holds the record for scariest farking motorcycle race on the planet.And here is the onboard footage of him overcooking a corner and exiting the course backwards into the woods at speed in 2013.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_1EGSI18g8Well, at least they keep EMTs, ambulances, and a chopper on standby. Which is more than most weekend warriors on motorcycles get doing the same shiat on public roads in the mountains.
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