#MakingUpTheNumbers | Whiplash, gravel rash and headaches – National DH Series, Rd 3 Bala

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I have wondered if we’d ever get to this point; writing the blog on Monday morning from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Safe to say it’s been one hell of a weekend in Bala…

Rewind to noon on Friday… I’m still in Menorca, waiting for a flight home from a family holiday that has been…insightful. Having a near 2-year-old in tow means it’s been unlike any other holiday I’ve ever been on; more intense than summers in Ibiza or trips to race the Mega. On the rare occasion that I did actually close my eyes on the sun lounger it was closely followed by “George, she’s on the move. GEORGE!” However, watching her climb to the top of a 30-foot slide and point downwards filled me with joy and made me think that maybe she shares her dad’s love for descending? Either way, she seems to have a similar style; keen, a bit all over the place and very quickly out of her depth.

By the time I arrive in Bala it’s 10pm but it’s the summer solstice and we appear to have brought the weather back with us so it’s still light. Despite the lateness of my arrival I’m keen to talk to anyone who’ll have me because a) they’re unlikely to ask me if their hair looks OK? b) what I think of my daughter’s outfit? Or c) if we should move house?

Downhill George Thompson
Always sunny in the ‘nog
Downhill George Thompson
Aaron Dalleywater 21st Expert over the stump before the final fire road

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A bit of a note…

George took a couple of big hits to the head at the weekend. You make your own choices, but we’d like to draw your attention to some of the risks of riding with a concussion or following a head injury. Here’s some further reading on what to do if your friends crash, the risks associated with head injury, and the experience of living with the after effects:

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