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Old 12-04-05, 03:10 PM   #1
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Thought you got air?

http://www.kranzelbike.com/news.asp?id=145

Date: Thu Nov 3, 2005
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Well unofficially we have a new record for distance jumped on a bicycle. This note from Nathan Rennie's father, Bruce, says everything that is known about the jump to date. Good work Nathan!

Nathan just rang from the Red Bull Jump Site in the Painted Desert of South Australia (not now called the Red Bull Mountain gap but a name to be decided) at 5:45 Australian Eastern Daylight Time with news of his 121 foot record jump. The jump has been classed as "unofficial" by the Guinness Book of Records because of the crash on landing which has prevented any further attempts at this time.

Nathan was towed in by a motorbike at 96 km/hr (60 mph) and piloted his Santa Cruz V10 Downhill Mountain Bike the 121 feet from ramp to landing. He flat landed the front wheel and "blew up" three quarters of the way down the landing ramp. Nathan separated his shoulder and smashed his prized Troy Lee full face helmet, as well as sustaining cuts and bruising to most of his body.

However, Nathan is elated with his effort and feels the setup could be used for much bigger jumps in the future.

After viewing the raw film footage, Nathan and the Red Bull crew were stoked with the jump, and are looking forward to putting together the half hour package for Red Bull on free to air T.V.

Cheers, Bruce.

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He did it on a mountain bike (read: shocks), and he crashed on landing. Big f'ing deal.

Colin Winkleman jumped 116'11" over 13 SUVs on a cruiser after being towed in by a motorcycle, and didn't crash.

http://www.23mag.com/gens/winklema.htm
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thats insane.

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Mad Aussie bloke. He's a pretty sick racer too.
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He did it on a mountain bike (read: shocks), and he crashed on landing. Big f'ing deal.
when you can jump 121 feet on any kind of non motorized bike i'll agree with you.
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might as well have been motorized
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when you can jump 121 feet on any kind of non motorized bike i'll agree with you.
Being towed in by a motorcycle is basically the equivalent of putting a motor on it, in my opinion.
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ok...when you can jsut 121 feet on any kind of bike i'll agree with you
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Why don't they just make a big air ramp like the one that was in the skateboarding big air compitition at this years X-games?
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They did do that. Mike Escamilla broke the records for longest distance 360 and backflip on it.

Also, think about that. That would be much more expensive than a launch ramp, a landing ramp, and a dirtbike, in addition to taking a lot longer to set up.
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Rennie overshot his intended landing spot on the ramp. His front wheel basically crumpled, and destroyed part of the ramp. I've seen the video footage of his 70ft jump, and that was pretty crazy. Give the guy some credit already.
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I'm not not giving him credit for trying, I'm not giving him credit for not landing it. Last time that I checked, if you don't land it, it doesn't count.

I'm willing to bet that plenty of people (aside from Mirra and James Foster) could get three tailwhips around, but the aforementioned two are the only ones that have actually landed it.
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Fair enough. That's why the record is not official. Just try to get your head around figuring out speed/ramp angle and all that. No thanks.
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