On the welcomed descent, I realized that I had made a huge tactical error. I had not seen the entire bike course before the race. I was descending at incredible speeds. A left "virage" or curve was coming up and I could see that I was going too fast to negotiate it. But if I went off the road I would go off a cliff!
I had two choices. One was to stay upright but go over a ledge that was over a thousand feet down. The other was to try to lay the bike down and crash, but stay alive!
I waited until the last moment, braking as much as I could. Then I laid the bike down on my left side, sliding on pavement then gravel, coming to a stop just inches from going over the cliff on my right.
No one was around. The lead vehicle was well ahead because of the speeds we were going. I didn't dare look at my left side that I'd slide on. I picked myself up, remounted my bike and kept descending. Lessing was behind me, but I needed as much time as possible to be able to stay ahead for the run.