Pain in the name of testing...

Testing mountain bikes is fun, don' t get me wrong, but here and there you get caught out and reminded that you're not invincible...

Yesterday I was out the office with Pete Drew from Silverfish and Scott Beaumont- Rocky Mountain's UK PRO DH and 4X racer- testing the Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro.

We're the first magazine to get on it, so I was obviously excited to get up on the hill and rattle the ass off the bike- except all I managed to to was rattle my head around a bit...

First run was just a cruise to see how the bike felt, and second run was also on the cautious side- as it always is on new test bikes. The low slung ride and lengthy wheelbase feels very different to my Intense Socom. It was just an initial mission to have a feel and speak to Scott about set up and get feedback from him about the development.

All great until the forth run where I was hammering down the DH run just behind Pete, who I think clipped a rock on the bank which rolled on to the track. IT was a big rock, about the size of a helmet and I was going too quick to avoid it and tried to ride light over it at the last minute. The rock smashed the chainring on the bike and knocked my rear wheel out to the right, sending me at full tilt in to the bank on the left!

I face planted and then had a full over the bars, cracking the back of my head really hard on a rock before tumbling down the bank on the right and stopping when I hit a tree. Not good.

My immediate pain was the fact I hit my head so hard- my ears were ringing. I'm glad I had such a good helmet on- I was wearing the new THE helmet, ironically imported by Silverfish...

After a minute of so I realised my whole right leg was dead, my right ankle tweaked and my right wrist was all hot and fizzy. It appears to just be a bad sprain, but I had to get down to the bottom of the hill on the access road one-handed and one footed- not fun!

Still, the main thing is that my head was OK- make sure you wear a decent lid when you hit the trails- you only have one head...

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