So far I have had breakfast and bagged a Munro, now to get back down and see what I have got to ride over.
Iain “Ace” Woodley continues his helicopter/mass start/downhill race adventure at Glen Coe, Scotland.
Bit lumpy, big rocks, the snow has hidden voids in it, you go from sinking a few inchs then up to your knee as your foot finds a hole under the snow, hiding rocks as well. The grassy bits vary from firm to bog, the rocks that are sitting just under the water are covered in a green brown slime algae thats lethal for grip, clear all that and then its small drops rocks blind holes wheel stopping ruts etc etc.
The Red Bull arch didnt stay up for long as the wind was getting up. I caught up with Spook here, now at the bottom Frazer was the smiley face of the event, not showing worry. Spook was getting worried about the wind, to much and the Heli gets grounded…then what ? a lot could go wrong which might be why no one else has tried to do it before over here.
The walk up and down had taken its toll on my knees so i opted to take the mainchairlift back down so i would be able to still ride, the bulk of the entry walked the whole track, this is the final drop to the car park and is full of hidden ditches and holes and rocks, the final straight had a large water ditch to cross, jump if you could or one line only through it, some smaller ditches and a big hole had been painted white to help you miss them, a lot stalled here or came off.
Till Hoermann gets to the chopper first 🙂 if the red bull dj’s had played Wagners ride of the Valkyries when the chopper arrived, most of the blokes over 30 would have pissed themselves with excitement, some of us have watched way to many films and where a touch over excited about helicopters, unfortunately a rather posh VIP heli turned up, we wanted to be clipped to the floor of a stripped out slick with our feet on the skids… fantasy land check this to see what was going on in a lot of heads.
A quick safety brief from the ground crew and saddle up, it was nice and quiet and very VIP, someone did ask for a sickbag, the ground crew told him his helmet would do fine 🙂
Wagners tune was playing in my head.
Rowan, dead calm, done helis before.
Oh yes going to race across that view.
The heli view of the start line.
Touchdown. Think that will do for part 2, in Part 3 the race run.