A little while back I asked if anyone wanted to be on the B29 Team for 2011. I received a lot of responses, and while I wish I could have had everyone be on board, I had to be pretty judicious as to who made the cut. It is a very short list.
Next up is Chris Muddiman. Here is his story:
I ride because because I like to have fun. I enjoy racing, but not for the competition. I race because it forces me to push the envelope of what I would normally do on a bike. I find training quite boring, which means I usually show up to races ill-prepared. That doesn’t stop me from mixing it up though, and I end up on the podium every once in a while. My biggest accomplishment of 2010 was the North Carolina State Games, where I finished with a Silver Medal in the Clydesdale class. I’m a big boy, so I race Clydesdale whenever the opportunity arises. I’ve recently taken a liking to endurance racing, mostly because I like having to rely on my mind more than my body. I have fun every time I get on the bike, even when I crash or finish in the back of the pack. At the beginning of the year I built up my first 29er, and I’ve fallen in love with big wheels. I still have a small-wheeled bike, but it’s collecting so much dust that I could create a sand castle in my garage. Big wheels just feel so natural, and I feel like I ride a lot better because of them.
I’m the Director of our local chapter of the National Mountain Bike Patrol, and I also coordinate local kids rides to get the little ones helplessly hooked on this sport like I am.
When I’m not on the bike I do programming for telephone systems. Yeah, I’m Mr. Telephone Man. It’s not even close to manual labor, so that leaves me plenty of energy to ride. I am also an avid skateboarder, sometimes I compete in off-road triathlons, and every once in a while I can be found riding the local Charlotte trails on a Kris Holm 24″ mountain unicycle. I don’t have the guts to ride a 29er unicycle…yet.
Chris also likes beer and Star Wars, so that makes him pretty much OK in my book.
His blog is well worth a read too.