cannondale king wrote:
hi repack rider what was it like riding downhill on a repacks going stupidly fast back in the day ive seen the pics and film clips since i was tiny as my old man was a pashinote rider (not any more the lazy git alwas working) and living in suffolk (flatter than a pancake) alwas wanted to know but never had the chance to experiance it from dan 8) 8)
First, even though we were the first to take up the sport in a big way, most of us were already pushing 30 years old at the time. No way we could ever be as good at it as kids who started young.
The total number of riders who ever raced there was about 190, and a lot of those were only at the last race in 1984, when we started 95 riders.
The last two Repack downhill events were the first sanctioned downhills ever to take place. The regular bike racing community wanted nothing to do with downhill, so we had to start our own league, NORBA.
Riding Repack was the most terrifying thing I ever did voluntarily.
If you want to discuss this, perhaps we should start another thread.
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