Speaking of crashes....
They've been running clips on the news all evening--some guy in Peru (I think, I missed some details) tried to set a speed record biking down a volcano slope.
Well, the bike snapped in half, and the guy flew off and bounced and skidded about 50 times, sending up big clouds of ash. According to the news, he had some broken bones and bruises, but walked away from the crash.
Anyway, it was a pretty dramatic film clip, and I'm sure it will make its way to the net. Maybe one of you others has more details?
Here is what I clipped from AP wire services:
FRENCH CYCLIST ERIC BARONE WAS INJURED SUNDAY WHILE RIDING DOWN NICARAGUA'S
CERRO NEGRO VOLCANO.
HE WAS HOPING TO BREAK HIS OWN SPEED RECORD.
SECONDS INTO HIS DESCENT, BARONE'S BICYCLE SNAPPED IN TWO, THROWING THE CYCLIST
DOWN THE VOLCANO.
MEMBERS OF BARONE'S TEAM SAY THE CYCLIST WILL BE HELD FOR OBSERVATION IN A
NICARAGUAN HOSPITAL FOR AT LEAST
NO IMMEDIATE REPORTS ON HOW BADLY THE CYCLIST WAS INJURED.
Another report (video) shows his bike in 2 pieces and Barone up walking, although gingerly.
I assume that some of the observation is psychiatric. :rolleyes:
This does raise the question of validity of trying to set records. Being in a recreation/sport that deals with pushing limits, pain and rewards, why is it a bad thing that someone wanted to break a record in a location that is somewhat exotic? If this "psycho" had succeeded, would we be singing his praises rather than questioning his sanity. I, for one, mostly stick to riding in traffic and pushing the downhill envelope on regular roads. That is enough "edge" for me. The Frenchman gets a star from me for trying...and a question mark for methodoligy.
I e-mailed the news channel asking for more info and whether the clip was available to view online. Here's their answer--I haven't found any video on the net yet, though. Too bad...
Hello Colette! Thanks for watching NewsChannel Five. We got the video from a feed system that shares national and international video. It's a paid service for television stations. However, I think with some internet searching, and the script I'm supplying below, you should be able to find something out there.Thanks again for watching...and good luck!
Story Slug: Great Video
Title: Cyclist Accident
Dateline: Cerro Negro, XX, Nicaragua
French cyclist Eric Barone was injured when he spun out of control during an attempt to break his own record at Cerro Negro, a sand-covered volcano in the northern Nicaragua.
French cyclist Eric Barone was left injured on Sunday (May 12)
after attempting to break his own speed record while riding downNicaragua's Cerro Negro volcano.
Barone, who broke the world speed record for mountain biking in November 4, 2001, returned to Cerro Negro in hopes of breaking his own record.
Seconds into his descent, Barone's bicycle snapped in two, hurtling the cyclist down the volcano.
"It looked as if there was a rock or something in the path that
made the bicycle break in two," said one of Barone's assistants.
In 2001, Barone flew down the black slopes of Cerro Negro Volcano in Nicaragua at 130.43 kilometers per hour, exceeding his own old world record of 118 kilometers per hour, achieved in Hawaii in 1999.
According to members of Barone's team, the cyclist will be held for observation in a Nicaraguan hospital for at least five days. There were no immediate reports to the extent of the cyclist's injuries.
The video is available at CNN.com, but you have to join to see it.
This site has a video clip of the crash. I don't think you have to join anything to view it.
That is just crazy!!! wow i had to watch it again. How bad i he hurt. . .they dont really say
I heard he basically walked away from it, but all the information I have is what was in the earlier posts of this thread.
what is the name? or do you have a link?
He has a website at http://www.ericbarone.com/
But there are no news updates since the crash. I assume there might be once he's out of the hospital. He was going to be under observation 5 days, so he should probably get out tomorrow.
With thanks to one JC over at aus.bicycle, here's a link to the footage.