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15-MAR-2009 Dan Wyman

Remarkable Feat

Dave Wyman, who rode the Solvang Century (100 mile ride) yesterday, was on his second run up the hill this morning when he was forced to halt his progress and go down the hill to avoid another rider (see the "previous" photo). Amazingly, Dave was able to turn his bike around, keep his balance, avoid getting caught up in the curb and go back up the hill. To my knowledge, no one else has ever been able to do this. Others who have found themselves in similar situations have tried, but once they headed down hill, they were unable to turn around and come back up. It takes great balance, concentration and power to accomplish this feat on such an incredibly steep, narrow street.

The next photo shows Dave powering up the hill to the summit.

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Jeff Dinkin 20-Mar-2009 05:01
Absolutely incredible! Love the photo and description.

Great save Dave!
Pepe Zyman17-Mar-2009 15:53
Congratulations! Great job!
Bob Pilatos 16-Mar-2009 17:33
WOW!! I was unaware that this happened! Incredible!! Dave is the MAN!!
Dave Wyman16-Mar-2009 06:06
Excellent written and visual description of the incident, Dan; only the look of terror on my face is missing. I doubt anyone headed up the hill on bike has ever turned down the hill, either. Once a front wheel begins to point toward the fall line, the end of the ride is a an instant away. To keep from falling over, a cyclist will desperately pull a foot off a pedal and step onto the steep slop. Making a split-second decision to allow gravity to clutch me to its bosom, I was extremely lucky to pull out of the dive. Maybe my years of experience on a bike, and my long-ago experience on skis, helped, too. (Music on my MP3 player at the time: Learning to Fly - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.)