1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

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1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby newbikeorupgrade » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:02 pm

I ride a lot commuting but on holidays decided to taste downhill for the first time and was planning on 4A in thailand...
Got told only 4C was running...
The rest is history never crashed on the jumps...
Gloves protection gear everything...

4 slow crashes, Body sore for 3 days (not from minor crashes), hands/fingers become useless, blisters on hands for weeks...
And I almost went of a cliff that nobody told me about...
One of the instructors (first shift road rider) went flying over the handle bars on one of the jumps and landed in the trees he could have complications for a while...

I would just like to say that I could not stop talking about the experience for days I felt like I had been to the end of the earth...
Is this normal? :roll:
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby sogood » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:18 pm

So you want more of it? :roll:
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby newbikeorupgrade » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:24 pm

I think in moderation...
That level is way to hardcore for a whole day unless its with a group of mates...
Maybe a few times a year but not a monthly gig...
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby sogood » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:26 pm

Wonderful what adrenaline can do. :mrgreen:
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:33 pm

newbikeorupgrade wrote:Is this normal? :roll:

Pretty much. MTB is something way more primal than pootling about on hotmix.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby clackers » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:04 pm

How old are you, NewBike? Seems to be a youngster's past time, DH.
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby trailgumby » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:18 pm

Most of the downhillers I occasionally ride with are mid-40s. What they do is way too wild for me!

The techy stuff in the first half of this is about my limit :lol:



Apologies for the extended views of my top tube, didn't realise I'd bumped the camera for a bit on the clipstack.
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby clackers » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:36 am

Does look great fun, TG, but would you call that course downhill or XC?
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby trailgumby » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:26 pm

XC.

The local AM/DH guys tend to ride more gap jumps and drop-offs - too scary for me! :lol:
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby clackers » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:49 pm

As a relative newcomer to cycling, I went to Lysterfield for the first time last night and endlessly chose B-lines. I have a family to support and job to hold down, not wear a cast as a badge of honour! :smile:
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Re: 1st Downhill mountain bike experience level 4C

Postby trailgumby » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:53 pm

You made the right choice. Injuries suck.

I do the same at new tracks. Heck, i even do it first time around on my home track after heavy rain events like we had last week. The track changes dramatically and i hate surprises :) A lot of the approaches are blind unfortunately.

The trick with the challenging stuff is to start small somewhere else and build up.
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