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(Yahoo)   Racing up Pike's Peak in a motorcycle is all well and good, but make sure to stop at the top   (sports.yahoo.com ) divider line
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2014-06-30 09:01:57 PM  
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.
 
2014-06-30 10:10:31 PM  
God bless the man who invented permission slips.
 
2014-06-30 10:22:31 PM  
He stopped. Rather suddenly, at that.
 
2014-06-30 10:42:56 PM  
Pike's Peak has a rather large flat surface at its summit.  How do you not be able to stop in time?
 
2014-06-30 11:25:07 PM  
 
2014-06-30 11:27:51 PM  

Lord Jubjub: Pike's Peak has a rather large flat surface at its summit.  How do you not be able to stop in time?


A poorly placed finish line?
 
2014-06-30 11:53:40 PM  
Fun facts:

Zebulon Pike, for whom the peak is named, was an incompetent explorer who was searching for the source of the Red River (in Oklahoma) and instead got lost, finding the headwaters of the South Platte river (in central Colorado) instead. He then went on to get even more lost and wander into Mexico, where he and his unit were briefly imprisoned as spies.

He estimated the height of Pike's Peak to be 18,000 feet (overestimating in by about 50% of its visible height) and declared it to be "unclimbable." Now, they run an annual marathon up it.
 
2014-06-30 11:59:46 PM  

Uzzah: Now, they run an annual marathon up it.


On the other hand, his first name was Zebulon, which makes up for any shortcomings he may have had as an explorer.
 
2014-07-01 12:10:15 AM  

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.
 
2014-07-01 12:10:23 AM  

whither_apophis: A poorly placed finish line?


Which raises the question, why was there no safety net, hay bales or anything to stop some unfortunate racer from falling to his doom?
/or at least slow them down a little.
 
2014-07-01 01:00:48 AM  

Lord Jubjub: Pike's Peak has a rather large flat surface at its summit.  How do you not be able to stop in time?


Kinda wondered the same thing. Plus, the picture in TFA makes it look like the bike is on said rather large flat surface, but TFA says it went over the edge too.
 
2014-07-01 02:01:48 AM  
It's not such a large space when you're rolling in at 80-100+ MPH.
 
2014-07-01 02:48:15 AM  
This article says he lost control in gravel and went flying, landing on rocks. That makes more sense.
 
2014-07-01 02:50:50 AM  
 
2014-07-01 03:05:00 AM  
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2014-07-01 06:45:29 AM  

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.


Watching the video linked below your post, it says he had done practice runs for a couple of days, so he'd probably acclimated.  From the looks of it, racing a street bike up a road, at speed, and then trying to stop in a short space of dirt and gravel is no way to lay out a finish line.
 
2014-07-01 10:06:34 AM  

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.


It's only the upside till you get to the top, then it's all downsides.
 
2014-07-01 11:06:36 AM  
It's always unfortunate to have to wake up and report this kind of news.

The award for making an article about somebody's death and trying to make the readers feel for the reporter goes to ... this guy!

/when is a good time to report this kind of news, tard-porter?
 
2014-07-01 11:08:58 AM  

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.


Was it a "world famous" Pikes Peak donut?
 
2014-07-01 03:41:56 PM  
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=13m15s

It'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_1EGSI18g8

Well, 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.
 
2014-07-01 08:40:53 PM  

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=13m15s

It'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_1EGSI18g8

Well, 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.


Dang, crazy footage. I always love your posts
 
2014-07-02 02:31:12 AM  

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=13m15s

It'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_1EGSI18g8

Well, 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.


As Raddamant said that is some awesome stuff. And if I haven't said it before I'll say it now - you sidecar guys are farking looney.
Love how in the second video with the 'monkey's' video inset he just ended up on his feet and walking back over to the bike.

/sidecar racing is awesome
//much respect
 
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