'Bent Wheel Bash' wraps up with one biker overcoming obstacles to finish

Bent Wheel Bash

ABILENE, Texas - Cyclists came from all over Texas to ride in the 2013 Bent Wheel Bash on Sunday.

The event supports the Abilene Police Department bike unit in the Bent Wheel Bash at Dodson Training Center facilities.

The race took place over two days with cyclists competing for rankings, door prizes and for money. 

One race that had its share of obstacles which proved it's not how you start, but how you finish that counts.

John Madden started riding bikes three years after he was influenced by his sons. He traveled all the way from Houston for this competition series. Bent Wheel Bash is more than just a race for him. His passion has created community for him.

"They come from all over the state," Madden said. "We trade emails, catch up on Facebook, tease each other when we don't do we'll, and encourage each other when were having trouble."

However, some issues can be greater than others.

"There's a broken bone here and there, in this sport," said Madden. "I'm recovering from a broken rib myself right now."

John said he trains six hours a week to prepare for the 40 and over, category one race.

"I haven't seen the course yet this year but there are some technical sections out here," said Madden. "There are a lot of rocks, tight, twisty loose turns. There's a lot of variety out here.

Unfortunately, John was caught by one of the turns. As the race began, the chain on his bike snapped and broke. It looked like the end his race, but it was only a small speed bump. 

Eleven minutes after his group was long gone, John was determined to continue the race. He proved that not even a broken rib or bike link could stop him from meeting his goal. Jim MacDonald the owner of Biketown in Abilene said this is their way of giving back to the Abilene Police Department.

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