Streets of San Francisco
San Franciso, CA
The second Red Bull - Streets of San Francisco event took place on De Haro street. Remember the old tv show Streets of San Francisco with the car chase scenes, and the cars catching air as they went down the street! Thats what this event was all about.
The race course was about a half mile long with three intersections. There was an opportunity to catch air on the first two. The first jump led into what was called the Cheese Grader, as it was some fairly chopped up cement. This was a straight shot down the course, with no time for drafting. It was all about who had the cajones not to break before the jumps.
Friday, July 7
I flew down to SFO with Danise and Lugenstien. Dansie felt it was an omen when his luge arrived first off the baggage claim belts. Lugensteind hoped it wasn't an omen when his luge got stuck and blocked the rest of the baggage. We stayed at the Red Roof Inn, which wasn't too far from the airport. Lee takes a nap while we waited for the hotel shuttle.
People were arriving all afternoon Friday. Chris Chaput was showing off in the parking lot.
Red Bull fed us Friday night, and a hotel across the street. It was a fairly nice spread of food and beer.
Saturday, July 8
Red Bull provided us with a couple of buses. The buses were going to leave early. We gathered in the parking lot and waited for the busses. Scooter Swartz was the youngest rider, and showed his enthusiasm. Our boards were loaded up into some pickup trucks, while we piled into some air conditioned busses.
We arrived at the race location. We saw the "pit area"
I don't think I've been to an event yet that didn't have a delay of some sort. This time we were told that we were "waiting for paint to dry." Turns out they tried to fill the pot holes in with something, and they were waiting for that to dry. In the meantime Waldo decided not to take a break from work. A shot from the top of the course (the white stuff on the right is what we were waiting for).
We finally get some practice in. My second run down I catch air! I was stoked. But I hit the cheese grader, and was very squirrelly. I put my feet down to slow down. As I approached the second interestion I still had my feet down. I did not realize that I was still going fast enough to catch air on the second jump! Having your feet down at this point is not a Good Thing. I run back up the road after my qualifying run to try and take some snapshots. I couldn't get much closer because there were so many media people there.
After lunch we started racing, I landed on the Cheese Grater and got very squirrelly. Turns out I busted a truck. Next run down I got squeezed out. Lee was on my right moving left, and Eric was on me left moving right. I slowed down, figured I could still draft and pass. I landed hard, and got so squirrely I slowed almost to a stop. Turns out I busted BOTH trucks.
Its finally Big Air time. As you can see, we can't see the big air ramp from the starting gates.
A few of us ran half down the course to see the Big Air. We got there just in time to see Bob fly of, an amazing 66 feet, land wrong, and hit the hay bales. Let me tell you, this is NOT what you need to see before your first jump. I did it anyways. I didn't come any where near Jeff's winning jump of 83 feet!
Red Bull took us back to the hotel to get cleaned up, so they could take us to bar for the party.
Sunday, July 9
It was time to go home. John shows off while everyone else is busy packing.
Before we took off Ozman tried to make it down the road and into John's place. This is a pretty tight corner.
Red Bull put one a pretty decent event, I can't wait till next year.