Marty I appreciate and respect your opinion and I am sure knowing them personally makes it harder to call out was clearly irresponsible riding. I don't question their passion, I question knowingly riding in this manner in an environment that was clearly not safe for doing so. This wasn't an accident. He didn't hit a rock, a pothole, or have an animal dart out in front of him, he just dropped the hammer. He is far from alone in this type of behavior, we see it more and more with the growth of EUC/PEV ownership. This behavior is reinforced when the individuals receive tons of thumbs up, congratulations, and praise for riding at the machine limits.
I know this sort of stuff goes on constantly in group rides, that doesn't make it ok in my book.
If you want to ride in an isolated environment at machine limits and you go down, that's fine, that is your risk tolerance. But, when you do that in an environment where you could easily harm others that didn't sign up for your risk, I'm not ok with that and never will be.
Hey it would be a lot easier for me to just shut up and roll my eyes when I see yet another example of this sort of stuff going on and not point it out. But I continue to do so because it needs to be said, even if it only gives pause to a handful of individuals or two to think more about responsible riding, it's worth it.
I'm sure this will be talked about a lot on Sunday night.