THROWBACK THURSDAY: DON MYRAH TAKES FLIGHT OVER THE DURANGO WATER JUMP

The early days of cross-country racing had some interesting features.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: DON MYRAH TAKES FLIGHT OVER THE DURANGO WATER JUMP

“Mountain biking as a sport was so new,” says Don Myrah, now 57. “The water jump in Durango was the first time I had encountered a man-made obstacle in a mountain bike race. It was the promoter’s attempt at trying to create a spectacle for the crowd. As an athlete, I wasn’t a fan of these types of obstacles and feel it set a bad precedent. The sport and the racing were cool enough without this type of thing. When you are pushing 180 beats a minute, you shouldn’t have to worry about clearing a big gap jump or some of the other stuff these guys have to do today. Leave that for the downhillers. It’s super cool to watch for sure, but let’s keep mountain biking what it is and not turn it into BMX or downhill. I was more of an athlete and less of a stuntman.”

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