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.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.