1 Nov 2016
CONOR MACFARLANE TAKES A BEATING, WINS AWARD
I’m back in NZ after almost 5 months based out of Canada, and it definitely feels good to get to relax for the first time in a while. The body is well and truly in need of a rest after the battering it took at Rampage, more on that later though. I am based in Queenstown again for my Southern Hemisphere summer, which continues to keep on growing and new spots and tracks continue to keep popping up!
As you have probably seen Rampage didn’t go amazingly well for me. I felt like I spent more time rolling around in the dirt than on my bike. The line I chose was widely talked about as one of the gnarlier lines on the hill, which I feel is pretty cool. The only issue with that is that it took me out pretty early! First crash I had was testing out my blind, 52 foot stepdown (biggest gap on the hill according to the measurers), I mucked up the jump before it a bit but was committed so still went for it, not the best idea in hindsight. I came in on a slight angle and landed right on the edge of my landing, which was only a meter wide, resulting in my having a HUGE over the bars! Somehow I walked away from what was one of the biggest crashes I have ever had absolutely fine bar a few cuts here and there. I went back up after checking over my bike to tick it off and the second time it worked out perfectly. I was feeling good so I thought I would hit my big drop which was right after the big stepdown, get it out of the way. I ended up going a little bit to fast and because it is a plumb drop it meant that I landed about 10 foot down the landing. As soon as I took off I knew I was going to land deep so for some silly reason my mind told me to land back wheel to help absorb the impact, it just made things worse. I landed back wheel and couldn’t hold on/ slid out, it wasn’t a bad crash but I did happen to roll into some big rocks which forced my goggles into my eye brow which cut it pretty good and I also put my wrist out and tweaked it pretty bad. At first I thought it might have been broken but thankfully it turned out to just be sprained.