Here’s a great piece of stunt-riding madness from Texas as BMXer Matt Olson rides over the newly-completed Seventh Street bridge in Forth Worth on Saturday.
If there’s such a thing as a perfect day to ride a five-feet-wide concrete arch 24 feet high, this was it - sunshine, not too much wind, not too much traffic.
“When I was going up and over the top of those things, it was really a judgment call over how much and when to use my brakes and really hit that bottom piece of the slant and be able to get up the other side,” Olson told NBCDFW News.
“But the scariest part was pedaling up it. If you start slowing down you get the tip factor and you don’t have much room to fall there.”
Olson is rather familiar with falling. The 25-year-old BMX stunt rider has sustained 13 concussions, had three knee surgeries, a ruptured spleen and had his front teeth (and replacement front teeth) knocked out seven times.
Waiting Fort Worth police said there were a number of offences Olson could be charged with, but they were glad he was alive and let him off with a stern talking-to.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.