First and foremost, I accept full responsibility for my crash, and recognize that losing concentration was my own fault.
I biffed pretty hard last night on a rocky descent, probably going about 12-15mph in the dark on Trail 100 here in Phoenix. Broken pinky, bruised and scraped all over my body, but overall no injuries... I guess I got lucky.
Was headed down the descent and chose the middle line because it looked like a little more fun than the smooth sides, and out of the corner of my eye I see another group of riders stopped on the side of the trail worshiping my group screaming "we're not worthy" just being goofballs. Well, I made a mistake and looked up at them for a second (about 50 feet ahead of me) and when I looked back down I was already slamming into a rock that I would have either gone around or jumped over. Immediately took flight and in slow motion had time to plot my fall. Of course I was told it all happened in less than a second, but it felt like 10 seconds from saddle to rocks.
I'm absolutely confident had these guys not been screwing around yelling at us like cheerleaders, I would not have gone down. Is what they were doing generally frowned upon? Again, I know that ultimately have to know how to tune things out like that, but I am just curious if that is usually neck wringing worthy behavior.
What I know was improper etiquette, is only one out of the four of them actually got off his bike as I crashed less than 15 feet from them. He went over and picked up my bike (I was already up and cursing up a storm) and untwisted some cables while I was disoriented. The other guys all just stood around asking me if I was on MTBR.
After getting cleaned up: