On the road again: Chuck Carrier goes on a ride through Greenfield during his training for Saturday's Ride Across Indiana bicycle race. Carrier has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury sustained in an apparent fall at his home a year ago. Carrier was able to complete the 160-mile race. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Gearing up: Chuck Carrier gets ready for a training ride in his Greenfield home. Carrier was released from a rehabilitation hospital four weeks after suffering a traumatic brain injury. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Saturday was far from a perfect ride for Chuck Carrier.
Throughout the 160-mile Ride Across Indiana, the 53-year-old competitive cyclist missed his support team in Indianapolis, ran out of water in New Palestine and broke a bike wheel in Knightstown.
It’s a grueling ride in its own right, but the setbacks cost him more than an hour, meaning he finished the trek from Terre Haute to Richmond in more than nine hours – a far cry from the eight-hour goal he had set for himself.
Yet, there was little to be upset about for a racer who less than two years ago wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to get back on a bike.