plus the guy who wiped out on the road crossing into the pay booth. ouch! :shock:
I was the starter for that race, which was the first downhill run on the Mammoth Mountain course. I was at the top of the mountain so I didn't see that crash. The finish line was on the far side of the parking lot from the end of the dirt road, and as riders crossed from dirt to macadam, they spread a layer of sand across the first few feet of the parking lot.
The rider was clearly going to win. No one had gone anywhere near as fast, but when he hit the slippery layer of dirt on top of asphalt, he lost traction, and when he hit the booth, he actually moved it a foot or so.
The video cuts off just before the shower of blood became visible. I have that video, but I don't watch it very often.
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