A mate has had a mountain biking accident, is in an induced coma, brain bleeding, spinal damage, broken ribs punctured lung… :’( Dictionary definition of a gentleman, the nicest guy, wife, 2 kids… fucking sucks man. Is generally a cautious guy, he’s swiss, they even take walking poles for going to get bread and milk from the corner store.
Can’t drum it in hard enough to play it safe, helmets, pads, bracing whatever you need to do, if you are stepping up in speed you step up in risk. A fall at 35km is very different to 45. Think about those who depend on you, who love you and what they would have to go through should you end up like this.