I had me a serious crash in the pits at Croom the other day!
Hard to explain where I was but I will try--
When you first head into the big section of pits in the loop after the 8 mile bailout... Well first of all, you come to a easy little downhill with kinda a cliff on the side. Then you come to where I crashed. It is a skinny downhill on the side of the pit. You start downhill then it rises up like a jump almost, then it goes downhill real quick.[and did I mention skinny with drop-offs on the left side!]
Bottom line is, I was stupid. I peddled fast from the top so I could hit the rise and jump into the bigger downhill. It worked and I jumped real good and landed fine and then was flying down the trail when I hit a root that sent me into the right side wall--which in turn sent me off the drop-off on the left!! My speedo registered 30mph on the downhill.
I was then going full speed off the edge toward a tall fat stump with the tree laying next to it.
Rather than hit it head-on I released the bike and turned myself around in the air so that my back would take the brunt of it. And it did. I hit it like a ton of bricks. I was instantly thankful that there were no slightly pointy appendiges on the stump or I would have been a goner.
For how fast I was going and what I hit, I didn't get hurt that bad. I mean I am covered in big bruises and scrapes but I am thankful for just that.