the Tour de France
Freeride Entertainment celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France with an historic jump.
Freeride Entertainment was recently on location at the Tour de France where Kona Clump rider Dave Watson jumped the tour peleton during the Alp d’Huez stage of the tour. The jump took place just before the summit of the col de Galibier. The set-up and preparation had to be done in secret, as the reaction of the fans and organizers was unknown. Showing up several days before hand, Dave with help from some staff at Big Bike, a French based Freeride magazine, built the jump and cleared the landing before many fans showed up.
With three 16mm cameras rolling to catch the action and Scott Markewitz shooting stills tension was high as the helicopters appeared on the horizon marking the arrival of the lead group. The amount of police and the mayhem created by the fans on the take-off and landing meant that jumping the lead group was out of the question. With communication hardly possible due to the noise created by the fans, a group of about twelve riders was sighted in the distance and the jump was on. Frantic preparations were made to clear the landing of spectators and take-off jump.
Dave patiently waited as the riders rounded the corner. Prior to the jump, Dave had no chance to take a practice jump for fear of giving away our intentions. Jump time came and Dave climbed aboard his Stab Primo and punched it toward the lip with no hesitation.
Jumping just over the back of the peleton as to take no chances of injuring riders on an unknown jump, Dave sailed approximately 45 ft before touching down. Due to a last minute brake check to ensure the safety of the riders below, Dave came up slightly short and was bucked by his bike into the rocky tranny. Fans rushed to Dave to see the extent of his injuries. Slightly dazed with paramedics and police surrounding him, the crew was unsure what the outcome would be.
Thankfully the end of this story is a happy one. The paramedics insisted on taking Dave on a two-hour ride out the mountains to the hospital and the police didn’t seem to mind since the only person potentially hurt was Dave. Released from the hospital with a partially separated shoulder, sore back, neck, and a severely bruised groin, Dave will recover fully.
Freeride would like to thank all the friends that helped us pull of this ground- breaking jump, including the staff and friends at Big Bike.
Anyone wishing to see images of this jump should contact Scott Markewitz. Images should be available at the beginning of August. Scott can be contacted at SMarkewitz@aol.com.
Otherwise stay tuned for the release of Disorder IV – Ride the Lightning for the centennial tour jump!