Some of you may have already heard but on one of the stages of the tour jumped the back of the peleton. While I do consider myself a freerider and push my limits of riding constantly I find this disturbing to say the least. For several reasons
1 - the danger to himself meant nothing to me. It is 'only' a 45 ft gap and in reality that is a risk he takes often. The real risk was to the riders. He bucked the jump were made him come up short. Too big a risk to try.
2 - I am not a roadie and in fact hold no nostalgia towards road racing. But the tour is history. This was a slap in the face of something much bigger than 'exposure' for freeriding.
I feel this is really a big step back for freeriding in general (I know some of you don't even take it into consideration now) and I feel we will now be looked upon with the same disgust skateboarders received for 30 years (little irratating punks). I guess I am just looking for some feedback considering I have been reading many a thread on all of the mountain bike boards about this.
Here is the reference