Racing with no brakesThe look on Jim's face says it all. A mixture of blind fear and raw panic, it's not the kind of expression you'd expect to see such an experienced rider pulling. But then, to be fair, this is not the kind of situation that Jim's used to finding himself in. On a bike, yes. Going fast, yes. Close to the limit, certainly. But flat-out through a corner on a bike with slick tyres and no brakes? Under the circumstances, he's probably entitled to drop the mask of no fear for a few seconds. To an enormous cheer from the assembled onlookers he wobbles, dabs, wobbles again, recovers and exits the corner safely. Upright, intact, and with skin intact.
As with many madcap ideas, the blame for this one can be laid squarely on Vandal clothing and bsxworld.com boss Elbry Sandland. He can't resist anything a bit off-the-wall, so long as there are bikes - and the potential for carnage - involved. This time around it sounded innocuous enough. Round up some of the usual suspects, converge on a cycle speedway track and, erm, do some racing. Cycle speedway? That'll be speedway on bicycles, then. How hard could it possibly be? OK, we said, count us in.
Read all about it in the new issue of MBUK, on sale 22nd January 2004!