Cyclocross

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Joey’s OK and the New Hotness

Update

Joey’s OK is at 130K+ hits on YouTube now and we’re expecting more, cause everyone watches it like 100 times. The YouTube page links to this post and for those of you that arrive here from there, I’m Byron and this is Bike Hugger, a blog about bike culture. We’re super into Cross, are out covering the races, and that’s me in the video coming to Joey’s aid. I agreed that he was definitely ok after telling him how much he ruled while he writhed around in pain.

Joey works for Cyclocross Magazine, is an experience racer, and was not injured in the crash. He’s quoted below saying that he misjudged the barrier because there was only one (normally two) and he was going so damn fast. Cyclocross is a type of bike racing done in the Fall and Winter. We ride road bikes on the dirt and over obstacles like the barrier that catapulted Joey into Internet Fame. Our 6 years of Cyclocross posts are collected here, including tutorials, and more videos.

The first post about Joey was posted on Sunday with frame-by-frame stills. Another view of the crash from the front and the rest of the race is also on YouTube.

Read more about the race Joey was in below … Joey, for at least 15 minutes, is the King of the Cross Bros. He represents all of us that are OK!

Funny thing about the Single Speed Eliminator Race at StarCrossed is we’d decided it was the stupidest race format ever. This after sponsoring the race with Metafilter. Our regret soon passed when Joey Mullan became Internet Famous for this photo

Photo: Jaxon Suttlemyre

and Eliza Penick’s video


I think we’re on the verge of a new Cross/BMX race format with big air and crashes. I finally heard from Joey late Sunday. He wrote

I went into the barriers like regular, fast and ready to make a quick touch down then back on the bike. It was different though having just a solo barrier, I didn’t anticipate it so I reacted too late. As for the fall, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t as explosive as the video shows it, but that was my perspective, not what was captured.

and I replied, “DUDE! It was THAT explosive. You flew OVER my head.”

Also note that Joey is an experienced Cyclocross racer, works for Cyclocross Magazine, and he placed 13th in his next race. After his spectacular crash, the barrier was removed and racing continued.

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Joey Mullan’s Ragdoll at StarCrossed

Joey Mullan from Cyclocross Magazine rag dolls the barrier during a heat of the Single Speed Eliminator race at StarCrossed and we’re bumping this story to the front of the queue ahead of Interbike, CrossVegas, and the rest of the racing at StarCrossed cause it was so FREAKING AWESOME.

OMG Too Fast!

Bro flew up about 10 feet in the air, after coming in way to hot to the barrier and clipping it – no actually just running right into it at full speed! I was at the barriers taking photos, didn’t expect that, saw how fast he was going, and reacted. Then first on the scene, I told him how much he ruled as he writhed around for a while with a lower back cramp (I’d have gone to the hospital). After the medics arrived, he was OK!

Hits the barrier

Airborne

Still Airborne

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A Magical MoSo at Interbike 11

After Vegas and a magical Mobile Social, we’re back in Seattle and at Starcrossed today. Metafilter is there with us sponsoring the Single Speed Eliminator race. What’s that?

SSCX Eliminator is an 8-up Cross race, under the lights, with BMX rules, and 2 advance.

I’m also racing Single Speed and not sure how I’ll feel after Interbike and the kind of night that had a BMX send off, strippers on a swing set, hookers telling us good job, a female bodybuilder, puppet show, and a dog with a camera.

dog

also this Freaky Boomy thing

boomy

bikes and cyclists of all types.

cyclists of all types

and lots of Tern Bicycles

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Another Night in Vegas. Has it Been Five Years? Six?

Flying to Vegas this morning and tonight racing CrossVegas where I’ll accept beer and dollar hand ups. Not sure if I’ll make it to the Powers v. Johnson track race, but David and Mark are already there.

We’re covering Cross, Aero, Folding, and the scene this year, including stops at the new pub in the Urban Yard.

Thursday

On Thursday, we’ll work the show floor, and hangout on G+. Then that evening, talk into a microphone for the Interbike editions of the Fredcast Spokesmen. After that we’ll ride the Strip to Downtown Vegas during the Mobile Social.

Mobile Social Interbike 11 Poster

See you there. It’s been six years and a good time for a quote from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Has it been five years? Six? It seems like a lifetime, the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. But no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time in the world. Whatever it meant.

Start Rolling Home When the Sky looks like This

sunset

The Sun set with this stream of red light as I finished up a Cross workout. I posted the workout on G+. It included running and jumping over this fallen tree with the bike on my shoulder.

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