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Pikes Peak on a Skateboard
The Bleacher Report ^ | September 12, 2013 | Dan Carson

Posted on 09/12/2013 7:27:31 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake

If you haven’t had a good look at this terrifying sport, it’s time for you to check out this video from the Pike’s Peak Downhill. On Sept. 8, over 50 of the world’s fastest skateboarders met up to compete on a breathtaking course set in Colorado’s most visited mountain summit.

(Excerpt) Read more at bleacherreport.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Sports
KEYWORDS: downhill; insanity; skateboarding
I squirmed in my seat watching this, with some not so fond memories of the wobbles and road rash.
1 posted on 09/12/2013 7:27:31 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: BillyBonebrake

That is just insane!


2 posted on 09/12/2013 7:29:33 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: BillyBonebrake
Did they pave the road all the way from the top?

It was tougher sledding back in the day.

3 posted on 09/12/2013 7:30:39 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: BillyBonebrake

the speeds they were reaching.....seemed a bit Over The Edge for a skateboard..yes!


4 posted on 09/12/2013 7:37:12 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team / al-Kilab Division)
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To: BillyBonebrake

Cool! Love those GoPro cameras and all the hi-tech gear... I try to keep up... But when did they pave that road? Last time I was on it, it was gravel and overheated Fords and Chevys littered the shoulder. Am I old or what?


5 posted on 09/12/2013 7:38:02 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Paladin2

Yes, paved to the top now. Makes the drive a lot nicer.


6 posted on 09/12/2013 7:40:56 PM PDT by gruffwolf
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To: BillyBonebrake

Swedish championship in the rain is nuts...

http://vimeo.com/72670165


7 posted on 09/12/2013 7:41:48 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: gruffwolf

If there are trees they are NOT at the top.


8 posted on 09/12/2013 7:45:32 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Darwin.


9 posted on 09/12/2013 7:54:16 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: LibWhacker
"Am I old or what?"

Apparently.

Before high pressure fuel injection, we used to test at Pike Peaks annually. The road was only paved to "the Cove" (Glen Cove). Dirt above.

The video started below the tree line.

10 posted on 09/12/2013 8:00:15 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: Paladin2

Pike’s Peak.


11 posted on 09/12/2013 8:01:09 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: BillyBonebrake

In my younger days I loved downhill skateboarding.

I would find the most extreme residential roads and from the top pump for all it was worth.

I gave very little consideration to the challenges at the bottom of the hill.

Wobbles, raspberries and road rash where to be expected.

Dealing with it was the fun part.

I didn’t have a long board but that didn’t stop me.

So, at the top of this ridiculous hill I had my buddy pace me in his car. The road wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked but, what the hell. I had about 50 yards or less to a “T” intersection that dumped into the woods.

At the top I pumped my board as hard as I could and proceeded downhill. He clocked me at just over 40 mph as I encountered the wobbles. I stood up and took one foot off the board to use it as a brake and the board shot out from under me. For some completely retarded reason I decided that I would not hit the ground.

He told me later that I looked like some cartoon character running as my feet, legs and arms were moving to keep on my feet.

My right toe was cut up from the pavement ( my right shoe was wore out, as usual from skating), as my foot was thrust past what my shoe could hold.

My left foot didn’t have the benefit of an escape, all my toes got jammed and later swelled in pain.

I never hit the ground.

I pulled muscles in my arms, legs and stomach to stay on my feet. I wish I had just rolled out instead.


12 posted on 09/12/2013 8:01:49 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: BillyBonebrake

I’m much older now but would still do this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB68QKwf-kk


13 posted on 09/12/2013 8:09:48 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Paladin2
Did they pave the road all the way from the top?

This race doesn't start at the top of the mountain. You can tell by the mountains and trees in the background. It starts about 10K up or so.

14 posted on 09/12/2013 8:22:15 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Paladin2

That’s what I was wondering, used to be a dirt road.


15 posted on 09/12/2013 8:44:08 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Vince Ferrer
Then they need to go north to Mt. Evans.

Higher speeds are available at higher altitudes.

16 posted on 09/12/2013 8:50:45 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: gruffwolf
I see the lane lines on the aerial photos.

Takes all of the fun out of driving the outboard lane in two way traffic. Wimps.

17 posted on 09/12/2013 8:55:20 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: mylife
If there are trees they are NOT at the top.

Good point... but the road was paved to the top when I drove up last summer.

18 posted on 09/13/2013 8:58:53 AM PDT by gruffwolf
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To: BillyBonebrake

I was up on Pikes this past weekend when the race was on. We made all kinds of funny jokes like the hay bails being only two high...just high enough to toss the poor kids into the woods way down below. It was more hype up there than sport. the usual rock station, glitzy babes, high stressed announcers, etc. They only had two miles of the road closed for this event and not the entire road.


19 posted on 09/13/2013 12:38:13 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: mylife

They were at mile markers 11 to 13, well below treeline.


20 posted on 09/13/2013 12:38:53 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: CodeToad

I think if they did the entire road you see that about 2/3rds of the way down some tiny trails of smoke emerging from those little bearings, a sudden seize, and hard crashes. Just a hunch. ;-)


21 posted on 09/14/2013 7:41:25 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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