This is possibly my favorite part of the Walton track – “The Hully Gully Natural Double”. It consists of two hills with a depression in between. The riders take their most serious air between the peaks, apparently defying all natural laws by the distance that they travel and in the proximity to each other in which they do it.
As many as 30 riders are often packed together – many soaring across the gully at once. A wipe out in the landing zone would be catastrophic for the rider and those that follow him so closely.
You can position yourself in any one of three locations for viewing the hully gully. At the back end of the hill you watch the acceleration and lift off. here you are witness to this stream of screaming vehicles taking flight and then dropping out of view.
In the middle of the gully you glimpse short lived flashes of the competitors as they flash by – bikes sometimes sideways and splayed out at odd angles, and then there is my favorite spot, in front of the gully. This is where they land. In front you see the whole flight as they suddenly spring up from behind the first peak and then descend down like hornets in a most spectacular way.
I’m not so concerned about who wins. There’s something in the grace and daring of the riders that so impresses me. It’s like a ballet, but with nasty consequences for those who miss a catch or jump.