Is Joey Really OK? Joey Speaks Up and Tells His Story – Updated

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Joey Mullan Trips on Barriers at Star Crossed - and Launches

Who is this high flyer, and what happened?

By now, most of you have seen this infamous barrier crash video, taken during the Singlespeed Shoot Out at StarCrossed 2011. Joey Mullan, one of our helpers here at Cyclocross Magazine, is, as you may know, the Joey from the video. We wanted to hear from the horse’s mouth that Joey was, in fact, OK (as the Twitter hashtag has been asking all day). So check out the video if you haven’t already, and then read Joey’s version of events.

by Joey Mullan

There have been a lot of questions asked and many things assumed about my “incident.” Allow me to set the record straight. My name is Joey Mullan, and I crashed on my bike. As for the intensity of the crash, wow! I have raced singlespeed cyclocross for the past three seasons, this being my fourth. I don’t consider myself a roadie, a mountain biker or a BMX kid. I do it all, but I consider myself a cyclocrosser, 100%.

Joey hit the ground hard, but he's OK! Craig Fowler

Joey hit the ground hard, but he's OK! © Craig Fowler

So the story goes like this:

The event was the Single Speed Shoot Out at StarCrossed, presented by MFG, and up for grabs was a huge cash prize. I was stoked because, hey, I am a pretty fast racer and short track racing is a forte I pride myself on. It was the first heat in the third group, eight people are lined up clipped in, with people holding the saddles of our bikes so everyone could get the best start possible. My holder was Ben Storrar, third place Cat 3 champion of that day from Old Town Bicycle. We had to start on “go” and I went hard; within seconds, I got the holeshot and then it was into the first full 180 corner. (This is where you can watch the video if you haven’t already, and see what happened.)

As I was quoted by Byron Dl from bikehugger.com (see Byron’s photos), “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, and I didn’t anticipate it and 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 just my perspective, not what was captured.”

I landed square on my sacrum and it literally shocked my body. You can see me try to roll up and get back on my feet then collapse back onto the ground. That’s when I started to writhe around. Paramedics were called in over the loudspeaker and then the questions starting rolling in. My name, where I’m at, etc. They told me to stay down and they were getting a backboard. My response: “I’ve been hurt before, but I can walk away from this.” I got up and just walked away … after checking the true-ness of my wheels on my bike of course. I love my bike, and had to inspect her too. My dad, who was around for all the days events, helped me back to the car.

It’s a big pill to swallow, I tell people, as this story is being posted everywhere. You get people who critique your riding style, those who ask about your well being, and those who cheer for you in something like this. You know what I think? I think this is awesome! I messed up, but at least people know who Joey Mullan is.

We’re also glad Joey is OK, since he’s a huge part of the crew that makes Cyclocross Magazine possible.

And rest be assured, Joey wasn’t the only one to come into the barriers so hot. Here’s a helmet cam perspective of someone else doing the exact same thing, albeit with less flight:

 

 

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21 comments
Andersatan
Andersatan

Why does Joey dismount on the right side of the bike? 

WeiwenNg
WeiwenNg

You know, you get people who heckle, and you get people who ask if you're OK, and you get people who cheer. You know who your best friends are? The people who cheer and THEN heckle.

GWright
GWright

Joey: are you having any post-concussion symptoms? Just curious.

Bert s
Bert s

Let's see if we can get Joey on Tosh for awed redemption?

jsmullan
jsmullan

T's are on their way, proceeds are going to the washington state high school cycling league.

periwinklekog
periwinklekog

I will buy a tee-shirt IF a cut of the proceeds goes to a good cause.

Please advertise at the CX Mag forums when available.

Meanwhile, it's good to hear that Joey is ok. (I saw the video and was horrified.)

briantucker7
briantucker7

I think a special edition t-shirt is in order! "Joey REALLY is ok!"

bighat1
bighat1

There's a guy at the West Hill Putney CX race that started this "flop at the first barrier for the camera thing" a couple of years ago.

colleens1117
colleens1117

Joey- SO glad you are ok! This video absolutely speaks to the intensity of CX, and as for critiques... none here. You were going hard and having fun (until you hit the ground), and that's what I consider the sport ALL about =) Cheers to quick healing and getting back in the saddle

duan.dao
duan.dao

Jens will have a Jens-ism in your honor! Glad you're ok!

portlanddesignw
portlanddesignw

Joey,

Never listen to the haters, man! You crashed because you had it absolutely pinned. No shame in that. It is a long cross season, and you've got your big crash out of the way already.

dpow

TheEpicRide
TheEpicRide

Glad you're ok bro. When I saw this video early yesterday morning it had a little over 11,000 hits. Now it's well into the 130,000 range! Could the be the first ever "viral" cyclocross video?

SunValley
SunValley

Joey, in looking at the video a few times and pausing it, I saw your fatal move. When you attempted to lift your bike with your left hand, you missed the top tube and your arm shot straight up, while you and your bike plowed into the barrier. It was fun breaking it down to see what really happened.

neilroad
neilroad

Seriously, when are we going to get a, "Joey is ok" t-shirt?!?! cc @hbstache

cyclocross
cyclocross moderator

@bighat1 you're not saying joey is a ginobli-like flopper are you?

have any videos of this guy? we'd love to see it now that we're in the mood of looking at crash videos.

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