Brian gets Honorable Mention because after having been in a mostly three-man, but at one point—thanks to me—four-man break, for the whole race, lap after lap, in the heat, pulling through, sharing the work and being a valuable member of his three member community, all but guaranteed a spot on the podium, with one to go, less than a hundred feet from the finish line, he accidentally crashed himself into the barriers. And fucked-up his hand. Like, inflated cartoon style fucked-up his hand.
Crashing yourself out of the race and off of the podium, because you’re that wild, and that unpredictable, is ANIMAL.
“Hey man I appreciate you asking me before including me in the Knife Fight. I do believe in the concept maybe for some of the same reasons you guys came up with maybe different, for me I like the idea of shaking the Cat 3 races up as most all of the races near me seem to follow the same pattern, there may be a brave soul or two who attempt to initiate or get away in breaks but almost every time the pack is quick to chase them down and wait for the last lap or two for the final sprint. Same ole same ole race after race which gets boring to say the least. So I like the idea of encouraging folks to mix it up and take chances. Also I believe in second chances so I am cool with being included but would like or ask that somehow you let it be known that I myself had ABSOLUTELY NO KNOWLEDGE about the rest of it. Because I didn’t.”