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LAS VEGAS: The Arc de Triomphe



Okay...so the Arc de Triomphe is based solely around history. It's a simply, yet architecturally sound and magnificent design and landmark. However, it makes for a boring fzx blog. So I thought I'd talk about the Las Vegas replica of the Arc de Triomphe! We won't be going there exactly on our trip, I'll see the real thing, but this story involves a motorcycle!

You may be wondering how the Las Vegas replica and a motorcycle versus the actual, famous Arc de Triomphe, has more exciting fzx involved. Well, that's why I'm here.

So, once upon a time, long ago, in 2009 and January to be exact, daredevil Robbie Madison copleted his jump of this ten story replica!

On this specific New Year's Eve, this stunt maniac climbed on his Yamaha motocross bike and sped down the Las Vegas strip outside the Paris Casino at a whopping 90kmh! He then flew up a ramp 37 meters, into the air, to finally land on the model of rance's iconic monument.

To top it all off, this 27 year old stuntman stuck the free-fall landing onto a landing ramp below!

The stunt was flawless. Afterward, Madison noted, "It's definitely a milestone in my life to overcome the fear I had." And he amazed all of the millions of viewers that night. Especially as he could still smile with a bloody, possibly broken hand! "The hand kills. I think I broke it."

How did his hand break? Well, the impact from the stunt was so great, that he managed to crack bones in his hands that gripped the bike so tightl as he, on the bike, smashed the ramp. The deceleration he underwent happened in a much shorter time frame that the body would like. This change in momentum was too much for his body to handle, and the force so great, that he resulted injured. Yet, proud.

To back up a little more, his runway speed began at approximately 54 miles per hour. That is, 24 m/s in other terms. And from there, we can look at both his kinetic and potential energies as well as time it took his to get from points A to B to C!

Of course we don't have all of the excact values and variables. But if it's between getting information to complete the problem, versus experimenting ourselves...

I think we all know which is the safer bet.


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