Chicksands again, rider down, are you deaf?
So second week on the trot at Chicksands today and I witnessed something quite…amusing, from my point of view. A rider got it a bit wrong on the dual slalom and struggled to pull himself off the trail for a few minutes, the marshals and those around proceeded to shout ‘rider down, stop, slow down’ to those coming down but most of them seemed to ignore it, why?
Other than my off at the end another great day out with the boys.Posted 4 years ago
why didn’t one of the marshalls/riders just stand in the middle of the course and force oncoming riders to stop ?
Marshalls? Its not a race. And tbh people crash all the time at Chicksands. I use to take my son and the ambulance/paramedic would be onsite a couple of times a day at the weekend.
But why folk don’t pay attention to a crash, average folk therefore half will be paying no attention to anything that’s going on around them.Posted 4 years agoscaredypantsSubscriber
b r – Member
Marshalls? Its not a race.
[quote] bradley – MemberPosted 4 years ago
the marshals and those around proceeded to shout ‘rider down, stop, slow down’[/quote]
Since “its not a race”, oncoming riders should be stopped if there’s a daner of hitting someone injured on the floor, no ?
Perhapse they did hear you and just slowed down to a pace they thought they could comfortably stop in the distance they could see, etc.
If they’re not trained first aiders, there’s already a crowd of gawkers/helpers/first aiders and they’re not running the guy over, seems little point in stopping?Posted 4 years ago
So huddled in a bruised damaged mess on the floor you’d be happy for people you don’t even know to hammer towards you with hot brakes, sharp chain rings etc…I don’t think so.
A member of staff did eventually stop people from descending from the top but was still a good 5 people who didn’t even stop…Posted 4 years ago
I don’t think so.
Unless they were a first aid genius and I was actualy dying I’d be failry indeifferent about them passing.
Unless they actualy hit me, in which case I’d get medieval on their ass.
It’s common practice on our rides for folks to jump on you and pummel you if you fall off.
It looked more like a hug from where I was standing.Posted 4 years agonickcSubscriber
Mountain biking is a dangerous sport….etc etc. even more so on a DS where people are “hammering it” . If your riding the course and you know there’s little or none “official” marshals, then yeah you’ve got to expect everyone else to carry on around you really. How many of the oncoming riders were first aid trained, and even if they were, would you expect them to come to your aid given that you’re riding a track with all the dangers I’ve pointed out.
If you’re not prepared to ride without that aid instantly available should you crash, then find a suitable location/ event more to your taste, if not ride at chicky and accept the consequences of your actionsPosted 4 years ago
even if they were, would you expect them to come to your aid
Well, yes? That’s just common decency, I was refering to the habbit people have of stopping to gawking at others missfortune, usualy with cameraphone in hand. If you could actualy be of some assistance then stopping would be a good thing!Posted 4 years ago
Bull run and Snake run are there as the downhills now. DJ, 4X and Dual slalom are also there plus 2 quite different XC routes down.
It wasn’t my actions raised in the OP lol, I crashed at the end of the day about 4pm and had 4 friends to drag myself/bike off the trail but there was no-one around so it was pretty irrelevant.Posted 4 years ago
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