I had high hopes for Red Hook Crit this year. I’m in the best shape of my life and I had an extremely rad and quick teammate to stick with.
Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. A collision about 10 meters in front of me during our qualifying round took out a barrier and the barrier fell into my path and I had nowhere to go.
My back is severely injured and I have a lot of road rash. But it could have been a lot worse. You’ll notice that my face and head are intact and that I’m standing. I’d like to thank my years of skating/experience in falling as well as my parents for making me drink so much milk while growing up and live a balanced nutritional lifestyle. I have total faith that it’s my overall health since birth that helps me walk away from these things.
I want to thank David Trimble for putting on an amazing race, as always. I look forward to Neversink this year. Roger Parmelee asked me, “Why are you here? There’s no elevation!” So I’ll be back for blood at a Trimble event that speaks to my strong suits.
More than anything else, I want to thank my friends. My crash happened on a back stretch away from spectators. I got off the course quickly, as did everyone else involved, but someone else wasn’t as fortunate only a few minutes later, also on a back stretch, and an ambulance was needed. A friend’s girlfriend found me when I finally got back to the spectating area and told me where everyone else had gone. They had thought it was me in the wreck that needed the ambulance and had gone sprinting to it… apparently about 20 of them in a dead run to go see if I was okay while I had already walked myself to the standard EMS tent to get rinsed down with saline solution.
The bike racing is fun. The adrenaline is amazing. But the people are better. The community is better. I’ll be back for more right alongside all of you.
Thanks to David Trimble, everyone involved with Red Hook, and, as always, my sponsor shop, kingkog.