Riding over the roadies

Sunday, July 27, 2003 11.00pm
Shall we suspend our disbelief?
PEOPLE, TRUCKS, TRAINS. The big freeride names have jumped them all, in fact there's not a lot of moveable or immoveable objects left to clear....unless your name is Dave Watson that is.

While riding for the Kona Clump Team in French France earlier this month Dave thought it would be a good idea to "overtake" the Tour De France on his big rig. So four km from the summit of the Col De Galibier, the penultimate climb of the Alpe D'Huez stage of the Tour de France, Dave sat and waited for the pack to arrive.

Making sure the racers couldn't see him, he waited to launch his surprise attack, in this case, launch being the operative word! Dave was planning to jump clear over the road, and indeed the roadies.

With police and helicopters everywhere he was apparently hesitant but launched it nonetheless. He sailed clean over the bemused Tour riders, but that slight hesitation on his run in meant he didn't get the distance he was looking for and hooked up the back wheel, sending him over the bars. He landed hard and was taken away by ambulance, but his injuries were not serious.

Then the local Gendarmerie got involved and there were problems with immigration and talk of jail time, but they were "pretty cool" when they realised what the stunt was for.

You'll be able to see the whole thing in the upcoming NWD4 video - mental.

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