This month’s clip provides a very clear and jaw-dropping demonstration of the importance of just about every aspect of the system. It also provides a clear example of the need for discipline in group riding, both in terms of riding intelligently as one of a group and also for self-restraint in not riding beyond one’s own abilities or inappropriately for the road conditions and location.
At the start of the footage keep watching the bike in front of the pick-up truck. The bike overshoots the right hand bend and crosses onto the wrong side of the road, straight into the path of an oncoming SUV. Whilst what happens at 40 seconds into the film is a terrifying outcome, it is arguably a (relatively speaking at least) slightly better outcome than a head on collision with the SUV.
Warning: one or two words of bad language can be heard during the footage.
As with many of the past clips of the month, there are two learning points here – the need for group riding discipline as well as the need to read the road ahead, plan position, and ensure the speed going into a corner is appropriate. The clip is a particularly good example of the need for all riders to understand the concept of the “Limit point of vision”.
All of the advanced reading material covers this in detail for very good reason, and these chapters are well worth revisiting on a regular basis.
“How to be a better rider”summarises the key concepts as follows –
Whilst it is not possible to know many details of the circumstances behind the crash, the footage acts as a reminder of the need for discipline in group riding. Key tenets of group riding include the following -
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