Grass Buggying, Fastest
I’d done some fast runs that morning, while riding with Steve Mcquillan and Keith Large – just out having a bit of fun and an inevitable bit of friendly rivalry! I happened across what turned out to be a really good line running across the curvature of the hill and as it came flat the kite really loaded up. With this good line in mind, I lined up for another run. With a big grin on my face, I edged past Keith fairly quickly. Just to see what would happen, I put in a couple of loops and just kept pumping the bar. With each pump, there was a a further burst of speed. It was about this point that I looked at my front wheel and noticed that the tyre was folding over, my swan neck was cranked over and my back wheel was starting to lift; as Keith said after, I looked like a oversize lawn mower from the grass I was throwing up! Everything got a bit blurry as I came to the flat; the kite really loaded up. I went with it for a bit and that’s when I had to start thinking of slowing down or, better yet, stopping! I slowly sent the kite to the zenith, released the bar pressure and started to slow down. As I started scrubbing off speed I put the kite into a down loop and turned in to the kite to slow down more before power sliding to a stop. I checked my GPS and that’s when I saw the 62mph on the screen! I was stoked – I took a slow ride back to the other side of the field were I started, downed the kite and had a moment as that was really scary. I’ve never been quite so scared but that was fun!!
The best bit was riding with some great mates – what a weekend at Wallop Reloaded!
10m Speed 1
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