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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-08-2007, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Dark Days - WERA 7-8-07

I'm not really a fatalist but realities are what they are.

Yesterday a rider died at Nelson Ledges during the WERA regional races. As it turns out another racer died in an unrelated accident, away from the track.

It's humbling to think these guys were better racers than I am and yet, because of their skill level and confidence, they can still be caught out while pushing the envelope. Sometimes it affects you and sometimes it doesn't. Seems like it did affect me today.

I was going so slow today it wasn't even funny. It could have been that I'd had two crashes in consecutive race weekends. It could have been that I was sick of crashing and going through a painful reassessment of my riding. It could have been the words of my wife echoing through my mind, "Take it easy, you don't have to crash." It could have been that there were crashes in most of the races leading up to mine, in some races there were multiple crashes. Whatever it was, it stunk.

I have no idea how I placed. I'm sure I'll find out later in the week. I was just ready to hit the road and move on.

I have to say that this was probably more eye opening than either of my crashes this year. Racing is fun but, it's serious business.

"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard..."

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-08-2007, 11:21 PM

 
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Bill,
I don't know about racing, but do understand about riding and yes it is a very serious.

Every time I mount up I keep in the for front of my mind that I have many People waiting on me to come back. I have gotten allot slower over the years Or not as willing to take the risks I used to knowing how loved and how much I love the ones that allow me to continue in this sport.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 07:25 AM
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I think everyone gets shocked when we lose someone on the track, it shatters the myth that "the track is a safe place", it's not...its less dangerous than the street. Riding for personal performance bests and bike performance bests will always be a very dangerous activity. It always sad when we lose riders, brings home that the activity we enjoy so much has a very dark side. RIP

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, I feel better today. Bring on the next round!

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 04:55 PM
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I think everyone gets shocked when we lose someone on the track, it shatters the myth that "the track is a safe place", it's not...its less dangerous than the street. Riding for personal performance bests and bike performance bests will always be a very dangerous activity. It always sad when we lose riders, brings home that the activity we enjoy so much has a very dark side. RIP
Well said.

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