"I guess we were going
about 40 or 50 (mph), but we were really pushing it. It
was me, Andy Lally (and Andy pulled a bit of a lead on us),
Chris McBride was right behind me, and Bob was just behind
I came into this turn, which
is borderline braking, but the road really drops and is
kind of off-camber and basically the back end of the buttboard
just pitched out like that (Pete then jerks his hand round
a bit). So Chris McBride saw what was happening in time
so as to go around me, but Bob was chasing him and right
on his tail. As Chris moved left Bob kept going forward
so by the time Bob came up to me I had hit the bales, bounced
off the bales and landed on the road right in front of him.
He's going 45 mph and that was it.
There was a bang when the
two buttboards hit each other, which they could hear at
the start line, which was like a half-mile away. I ended
up lying in the bales going 'OK I have got some pain throughout
my spine, this is really bad.' I'm pretty sure it was his
foot, which pressed up against my buttboard or back.
I was bruised but Bob had
a fracture, which ran up his tibia. If he had hit me like
that on a luge I'm quite sure I wouldn't be able to walk
ever again. I spent quite a long time in hospital strapped
to a backboard thinking about that. Ha.. ha..."