#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:

Comments (10)

    Another great column, but I miss Binnsy.

    Great column, hope you’re OK!

    Cheers both. I’m all good thanks & don’t worry, Binnsy will return!

    Great read thanks. Eventful is good!

    Has something gone wrong with this article? It seems very short.

    @oldandboring ‘Sorry but this content is only available to our Premier Members.’ – I think maybe you’ve just seen the free sample?

    Keep scrolling past the STW merch adverts!
    Still the best MTB blog out there. Keep it up.

    Bar cam footage made me wince, especially the fire road transistions – great riding 🙂

    I’m sure you’re right but it doesn’t say anything about the article being truncated for non premier members.

    Great write up once again.
    Krep at it (but less of the Glaswegian Kissing on the trees there)

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