My last post from Burke… I promise.
I love street luge and classic luge. The tough part about this sport is finding a safe place to ride. The best roads either have traffic or require you walk up the hill carrying a ‘luge and wearing leathers. At 54 years, those options are just too much for an old man to justify. When an event is announced, I pounce on it. A hay bale lined course, no traffic, a ride back up and an ambulance on site… how can I say no. I’m not the fastest, I’ve lost my nerve in my old age and I just don’t “party” like I used to but you’ll still find me at any event I can afford. Add to that a chance to ride with the fastest in the world and I’m packing up the car and heading to the track.
Burke is a very technical course covered with frost heaves and crazy hairpins. Its challenging and somewhat dangerous. On a classic luge, it’s a whole new ball game. I grabbed my buttboard and went for a rip. I was a little disappointed no one wanted to join me. Oh well… It was a fun run none the less. Follow me downhill.
Going downhill with gravity is a lifestyle…
Much more than going downhill over and over, Gravity Sports bring friends together. I’ve known many of these gravity powered people for years. It is a bond unlike any other. Each event brings us closer and leaving gets harder with every gathering.
What amazes me most is the dedication these folks have to the sport. Marc Dean, Brian and Travis Davenport, Mike Girard, the course workers, the drivers, Colin the IDF official… they are all about the sport. They are AWESOME… I thank them for what they do and I appreciate their efforts to keep us going downhill safely and efficiently. Again THANK YOU!
Gravity never fails and neither does my love for the sport… Meet you at the bottom.
Street Luging on Burke Mountain can be treacherous
Yeah, there were only 10 competitors street luging, however, that didn’t mean the competition wasn’t intense. Since this was a World Cup event, the racing was key for the top riders. The winning ‘luger, Mikel Echegaray Diez, was in top form and knocked David Dean back to second place. The track is covered with frost heaves increasing the risk, requiring more skills and larger testicles. Burke is definitely a unique and memorable hill.
Racing returns to the fastest track on the East Coast: Killington. With skaters topping at 65 mph and ‘lugers hitting 75 mph, this course is not for the faint of heart.
For the first time EVER, I was riding a street luge that was NOT my own creation. Yepper, my Rogers Bros street luge really wanted to GO but I was nervous. I wasn’t up for hitting the hay at high speed so I used my brakes a bit more than I should have. Watch as every street luger passes my dragging ass…
I got to go REALLY fast, met some new racers, watched Tim Koch beat Chris Hicks and enjoyed some fine camping in Vermont. I’d say it was a successful weekend. Time to head back up for part 2 at Burke. Follow me downhill.
Here are some pictures from this year’s Killington Downhill Throwdown. This is the fastest downhill track for drift trike, skateboard and street luge currently on the East Coast.
…click on any picture for a closer look…