This is kind of an unusual jersey that takes some explanation. I'll give you the "back story" on it if you like...
In late 2012 I was in a hard fought night-time
mountain bike race and had clawed my way to first place. I had a
decent, but not huge, lead and figured I could take the race as it was
approaching the end. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a strong wind came
up and died as quickly as it started. The wind was just enough to
knock down a big oak tree. I heard the tree falling but didn't
know where it was as first off, it was night, but also that it was
concealed by thick brush.
That falling oak tree fell on top of me, while I was racing, and
fractured a vertebra. In 24 years of racing, I finished every
single race, without exception, and that night, that finally came to an
end. Two fellow racers were very supportive of me and I wanted to
commemorate them. Eddie, the guy on the left was there that night
but in a different class. Monkey Boy (so named as he wears a
monkey costume at the Halloween race) saw the tree fall and watched my
light as it got close to the falling tree. He was next to me in
The first thing I said was, "Monkey Boy, I have to finish." He
said that I wouldn't be finishing that night and he was certainly
correct. It took a long time to heal and even approaching a year
later, I'm still not where I was last year. I'll be back but it's
going to take some additional time and training. I thought that a
shirt made seemed appropriate as this event fades into a good race
Above is a picture of the first time I wore this jersey at a
race. Eddie and Monkey Boy were there and I wasn't quite sure how
they would react...but they loved it!
So that's the story. As unlikely as it is, that's how it happened.