New Zealand: The “friendly bump from behind” is a common practice ins race situation on a closed track with hay bails and the proper safety equipment. When you are in a tight pack gaining speed on the rider ahead of you, a little friendly nudge to push them ahead and clear the way is reasonable. But before doing any it, make sure you make already have contact with the rider’s bum first so he/she knows what’s coming first before you push.
When you are bombing open roads without any knowledge of oncoming traffic, it may be best to keep your distance and slide it out rather than trying to keep your speed.
In the video above couple of mistakes were made but luckily no one got seriously hurt.
Here’s what happened as told by the man behind the camera , Crunchie (Team rider at Acid Longboards):
I was following Troy down this run and a sudden wind change from big head wind to big tail wind caught me off guard, this gave me too much speed going into the corner. On top of that Troy is quite a bit smaller than me and doesn’t carry as much speed into corners. Unfortunately instead of trying to slide I thought I might be able to give him a bump, but that didn’t work. Instead I took him out and we both bailed across the road in front of an oncoming car. Thankfully neither of us hit the car and we both walked away with minor injuries, Troy somehow better off than me. This was entirely my fault.