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(Russia, Moscow)  Aleksey
Submitted: View solo
Time: 0:35,52
Player's comment:
My old trick
 Laser (Canada, Toronto)
Submitted: View solo
Time: 0:35,14
Level 1 - Jump Over

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8 comments
Laser
10189
It's hard to say which is actually faster, since Aleksey had to slow his first part to do his trick, which slows him even more by the end.
Vega
141010
It's not hard to say. Aleksey's way is faster. You were 2+ bike lengths ahead, immediately became almost 2 bike lengths behind. It's not your speed down the final stretch that caught you up. It's the final maneuver at the end that allowed you to snag the flag sooner.
Laser
10189
What I meant in the first comment was that I was only ahead by two bike lengths in the first part because my route required me to go faster, whereas his requires him to go slower so he won't fall off the edge.

Also, my maneuver at the end could only be done because I was going fast, whereas all he could do was drop slowly.
Vega
141010
I understand the physics and speed awareness behind it, but I still think Aleksey's trick is faster, and I also think the end could be done at Aleksey's end speed.

However, I have never played this level. You have. I have only watched it on FlashPlayer here.

So... you automatically win.
Laser
10189
Thanks.
Andrew A
643640
Being still more in the mood to watch than play at the mo - I watched this (it's top of my list of Golds, for some reason)

Vega - your analysis was spot on. I've done a 3 way head to head, and I am level with Laser to the 'drop' point, with Aleksey a good bit behind, but he gets a better 'hoick' (tech term..) back up than me which puts him back in the running.

My previous best was slower to that point, but the hoick was even better than Aleksey's (as I remember).

There is no 'requirement' to go faster or slower with either technique to that point - as you surmised.

It's almost like you've played this game once or twice...

I'm putting off Standard Levels, in case you hadn't guessed. Still feeling a bit jaded, so this is a nice form of procrastination whilst still feeling involved.
Vega
141010
lol. Right on man.
Vega
141010
Just watched this several times very closely, and I think you are right Andrew.

If you visualize Laser doing Aleksey's trick as an "alternate reality", he would have maintained a huge lead.

I visualized his alternate reality bike all the way to finish and by my estimation, high 33.x is not unimaginable here.
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