Wednesday, 8 June 2011
The Day Degla Bit Back
Well this weekend proved just how valubale they are. I was lucky enough that my Mum bought me a new Met Parachute full face helmet (Met Helmets) for my 30th birthday and this weekend was the first time I had worn it in anger and wow how glad I was. While messing about on the Skills section at Coed Llandegla on Sunday I was happily trying out the jump section and getting a little bit of air and then flicking the bike hard into a berm.
I had done this a number of times with no issues other than a few dodgy landings but nothing was out of the ordinary. This time I set off hit all three jumps and flicked the bike hard right onto a berm and thats all I remember. The next thing I remember is lying on my back with my club mates surrounding me asking me if I was OK? As any rider will tell you, as your lying there moving everything waiting for something to hurt it is a pretty anxious moment let alone having just knocked myself out. I spent a good few minutes lying there waiting for my body to react before I got back to my feet. A 6 hour trip to the Countess of Chester revealed nothing more than concussion and a few brusies (at this point I must say a big thank you to all my club mates especially Jason who spent his Sunday evening in the Hospital with me until 10pm Thank You guys).
It appears that I had landed badly on the back of my head and the impact had knocked me out. Now what damage would I have done without a hard shell surrounding my skull? It doesnt bare thinking about, a cracked skull at the best? Not only do you have to think about your own safety but of the guys and girls you ride with. How would those guys feel if when they had got to me had they been witness to something a lot worse than what happened? For me its a no brainer your skull needs protection use a lid!!!!!!!