Video: This is why you should always follow your own path when mountain biking downhill
Never has the phrase ‘follow the leader’ seemed like such bad advice.
We can understand why people taking part in downhill mountain biking would follow the path tread by those in front of them; potential obstacles can be flagged by riders ahead and if anyone is going to fall and get hurt, it’s more likely to be the guy at the front of the pack.
It was a strategy that failed spectacularly for four Argentinean cyclists in Chatel in France recently, however, when the leading rider followed a path that veered spectacularly off course and was quickly followed by his three colleagues, all of whom ended up suffering the same painful consequences.
The footage was captured by the second of the four cyclists on a GoPro camera and the cries of pain by all four are pretty audible too; at least they were able to laugh at themselves afterwards, no doubt they won’t be as quick to follow the leader in future.
Video via YouTube/Sebastian Gomez
Hat-tip: James Dart