Saturday, March 11, 2006

Norman Wisdom in Woburn !

Little did I know that on todays ride in Woburn I'd be accompanied by a star, the one and only Sir Norman Wisdom ! Well almost, Chipmunk seems to have naturally mastered his funny falls technique and demonstrated it perfectly today. On two separate occassions none the less.

Scene#1 : after a particularly boggy section I stopped to check that the good lady had made it thru ok only to see her ride wide and faulter. She dab'd, lost her footing and fought the inevitable for a split second before finally giving in, rolling her head back and falling flat on her back. It was almost like someone had yanked hard on her backpack sending her to the ground. Now I had a dilemma :( Should I ? a) laugh uncontrollably b) race over to check see was ok or c) all of the above. Option c) won and on further inspection I was relieved to find that she wasn't hurt and thought it was as funny as I. :lol

Scene#2 : after cranking for a number of miles through muddy and strength sapping terrain, lady Norman came to an easy bridleway turn. As I was already around the corner, I checked over my shoulder to see that Chippy was still following only to see bike, rider and a solitary 6" length of branch, meet and rapidly all part company. The lickle log shot one way, the bike the other and our stunt gal pirouette to the ground. Quite how see managed to ride over the only foreign body on an otherwise sterile and flat sandy trail is a complete mystery. But the slow motion replay will stay with me for some time :D

But surely we had a damaged and mightly unhappy Chipmunk at the end of the ride ? Fear not readers as our conscientious stunt gal had been wearing body armour :o Which performed faultlessly and I'm very happy she had the forethought to wear this eccentric Xmas gift - a chuckle at the time :p

It's the first time we've tried these knee and shin guards and after todays antics, I doubt it'll be the last :) Apparently they're comfortable to wear, don't impair your riding too much and also help to keep you warm at this time of year ;) They're Thor Quadrant Knee and Elbow Guards, acquired from Wiggle, with the elbow protection being the less cumbersome "youth" variety.

5 Comments:


uphilla said...

Can I borrow that armour for Wales - with all those rocks about :-)


Farqui said...

Hmmm, Chipmunk may want them to protect her..."investment"...

Actually, I'd say that CyB is less rocky than Afan. However one particular section of the shorter RedBull trail is strewn with mega boulders. In every direction.


chipmunk said...

Sorry Uphilla you will have to get your own body protection! I have to let my 'Knight' borrow mine, can't have him riding without his 'Shining Armour', especially as I won't be there to protect or mend him if he falls!


daahnhilla said...

Hehe, that Redbull run is insane, I made the mistake of staying on the tail of someone on a 7" travel Santacruz bullet..... I managed to impale myself on one of them:D


daahnhilla said...

That and the fact that the rocks move under your wheels! Makes it real interesting for the guy behind! Moving targets!!!! Yeah:p


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