I don’t think that there has ever been a racer
who’s whose talent and gigantic balls have been so poorly reflected in the results sheets than Ben Reid. Seriously, I ran through my racer history rolodex and couldn’t think of anyone though admittedly, I have forgotten plenty. At first I though maybe John Kirkaldie because he rarely won races? But he still climbed up the peak of the box a few times and he won those Norba overalls back when that was hard to do. Plus he won every god damn practice from the first run down the track for all time so he’s won plenty. But Ben Reid is always in the main event and doesn’t ever seem to get up in the top of the mix which is pure and utter bullshit because section for section, he’s probably top ten pace. The only plausible explanation is that he just has a no-leaf’ed clover up his ass and is the most unlucky Irishman to ever throw a leg over the bike while paradoxically also being one of the most talented rippers in racing history. And a darn gentleman to boot who will offer you a dry spot to sit and a cup of tea if he has any to share.
We must have re-watched the clip at 2:50 a dozen times and it still makes me giddy as a stupid school girl.
Every time I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching Ben Reid ride in person, I can’t understand how he’s not crushing every world cup podium.