A good example of what can happen. Stay sharp.
A good example of what can happen. Stay sharp.
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That's awful! Gotta be careful on the road.
I constantly think back to Kramer at PRS talking about target fixation while I looked at the poster of him on the wall during a race with his elbow nearly on the ground. He looked like he was staring at someone who had just violated his girlfriend and then murdered his family. Scary intense. I try to ride with as close to that look in my eyes as I can manage, especially during more aggressive stuff.
You know the idea of looking where you want to go is just a teaching aid. Right?
You have to steer and shift your weight to move in the "planned" direction.
In tennis they have "air the arm pits."
In badminton they tell you to point at the target with your left hand. Non racket hand.
Target fixation is panic! Don't panic. Steer.
When I first started driving at night, I was always told to specifcally look AWAY from car headlights coming the other way. Same kind of thing, look a few seconds ahead of where you're going, and use your peripheral when necessary.
A good reminder of what can happen when you lose focus. Keep your head up!!
atleast thats what I find when a huge bug is zig zaggin down the road headed straight for your visor then SPLAT! lunch has arrived...
Just speculating of course...seems corner had late apex or was following into a late apex take. Second rider panicked and wasn't able to tighten line and bank over or didn't believe possible for himself and taking his eyes away from where he needed to go. Target fixation, yes. But also target un-fixation. It is possible to ride and not look where you're going but you better be comfortable with situation. In most cases, your body follows what it sees, unless you have full control over scenario. Being comfortable, confident and competent with peripheral information is also a factor. But most of all, judging (hopefully increases with age) own skill and ability (deceases with age, unfortunately) seems to usually be the outcome decider.
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A habit I took on at least 25 yrs ago which I think has eliminated this problem for me, is to look into the corner using your whole head rather than just turning your eyes into the corner, kind of like an owl, with fixed eyes. I noticed decades ago that top roadracers all do this, not sure the reasons, but for me, commiting my head into the corner seems to commit my whole body to follow the line I want. I you move your whole head, it seems to elimiate the basic human tendency of being lazy with the eyes, and reduces the easy tendency to flick the eyes straight again, with possible fixation issues becoming much more possible.
I also think those guys in the viseo were maybe going just a bit too hot for this narrow road. I like to give myself 15% 'fudge factor' just in case someone or something is in my lane,,,,something these guys were not allowing themselves.
The real problem is going too fast into a corner and didn't have enough skills to adjust. Slow down.
If you are into a corner *way* too fast, "looking" down your imaginary path can't fix your problem.
You survived this panic episode, don't fall back on your riding kindergarten school lessons. Adjust your speed.
Plan for the unexpected.
Be ready to steer away from trouble.
Give blind corners the due consideration.
Fear keeps you from disaster.
Understand your fear. Learn from your mistakes. Don't fall back on elementary tricks and nursery rhymes.
that guys day just got ruined........
Yeah but I suspect most crashes people aren't going so fast that their bikes couldn't possibly make the turn. The bikes are more capable than most people.If you are into a corner *way* too fast, "looking" down your imaginary path can't fix your problem.
That is a really uncanny video though. He could have easily made it by holding his line, but as soon as he sees the car he makes a beeline for it. The strange thing is you don't even hear any brakes. What the heck was he thinking?
Even the experienced do it if the distraction is big enough: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=bf658_4707
Last edited by pherthyl; 08-22-2010 at 09:23 AM.
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Review that on board video again. You can see, and hear, that he'd already bobbled before the car came into the picture. He was already starting to go wide. The car certainly added to his problem of regaining control but didn't contribute to his loss of control.
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