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.
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.Read More