Which helmet(s) do you wear ?
I wear a Predator helmet, it took some time to stop using bike helmets, but the Predator feels good to me and I hope I made the right choice.
What protection do you use ?
I use back and knee protectors and of course a helmet and gloves. For downhill leather with full protection in it, gloves are home made.
What safety precautions do you take when riding on open roads ?
For me open road it’s not just being well protect but also respect the car and motor bike driver, you never know what kind of reaction the driver will have when they see you, so I make sure to keep my line, never cross it, have open view turns and every time I see a car I always straight up a bit and wave them so they see I’m in control and the situation is safe. Maybe cause of that won’t call the cops so fast ? lol.
Have you been into any serious accidents ? If so, did protection help you there ?
I did have a serious schoulder problem so I had to slow down racing. I’m really carefull, once i hit a car with my head. Luckily I was wearing this big motor bike helmet, it clearly save my life this time, but part of that nothing big, just some broken bones and road rash.
What’s the best (safety) advice someone gave you ?
Hmmm good one… In general I’m the one who always says ‘be careful’, hehehe never the opposite.
Have you ever refused to ride an event, because safety measures weren’t taken (enough) and if so why ?
Never because of the event, but I did sometimes because of myself being hangover or just feeling bad. I respect and trust my feeling fully, so if I don’t feel like it I just don’t ride, but it only happened twice in all these years of riding.
What changes would you like to see/propose in terms of safety regulations (during events) ?
Back protection should not be a choice (but obligated) in racing, but that’s my point of view.
What do you think of the current helmet policies from IGSA/IDF ?
It not a easy question, for me the best will be to have a strict reguation about it, but then which one ? It’s progressing too slow from my point of view.
What do you think of introducing a motorcycle helmet policy on IGSA/IDF events ?
I’m not agints at all ! I did most of my racer carriere with it, and honestly it never put me in trubble or slower, that’s just in your head.
1Is there something you would like to say about safety which hasn’t been addressed in the previous questions ?
Safety is the big subject in gravity sport in general, but I really happy to see most riders wearing full protection, compared too many other sport we are clearly in the advantage.