I got to see Mike Lafferty ride up close and personal yesterday and it was a real treat.
I went to the Curly Fern Enduro near my hometown and parked near this technical little bit with a log placed across, but almost parallel, with the trail. People were falling over it all day, and if there were more than two bikes it became a complete cluster-f*ck. Lotsa peeps just got off their bikes to get over it.
Well don't ya know one guy gets gnarled up and some other mama-luke parks behind him and they are bumping into each other and we hear this warbling scream and it's Mike giving a heads up and he comes blazin' into the turn and takes the perrfect line through it without even thinking about it, dancing right past the two mortals like they were just a coupla pine saplings. He got through there quicker and cleaner, with two guys in there, than most, no all, people got through it when it was clear.
So now me and a coupla other spectators go running to another little section just to watch him come wailing through. He hit this other section so hard, completely on the pipe, front end barely on the ground. Just pure brilliance on wheels.
Anyway, I think I caught the bug. Enduros are cool. Very Very Very cool.
Racing, but in the woods. With your buddies. And about 100 other like-minded people. Who'da thunk it?
I would like to try it this year.