My sickest run ever…Literally! BMX Worlds 2009

Warning… the following sentence may sound a little strange so here it goes. I had my stomach pumped by a chicken. It happened at the BMX Worlds in Germany, which was a weekend filled with lots of good riding, friendly faces, and an awesome live demo from the 1985 Haro team. However most of my trip centered around this experience with a chicken, and contrary to what it may sound like they do not have chickens for doctors in Germany.

So how exactly do you get a chicken to pump your stomach you ask? It’s really easy, and you can do it without even trying. You simply order a chicken sandwich from a food vendor, eat the sandwich, and then watch that same sandwich repeatedly surface through your esophagus for the next 24 hours. During this next 24-hour period I am also supposed to ride in the finals as I qualified 4th in the prelims.

If you’ve ever had the flu before and felt queasy just from standing up then you should really try doing a three minute run of intense spinning tricks while trying not to blow chunks. I usually get dizzy from riding when I am healthy, and this illness was my worst in about 15 years. After about 30 seconds into my run in the finals I decided to surrender to the microorganisms taking over my body and prematurely end my run, which guaranteed me last place in the finals.

I wish I could tell you more about the contest, but the only BMX related thing I saw was a bowl…made of porcelain. I am feeling a little better now and should be on my bike in the next week.

– Matt Wilhelm


Matt with Bob Haro


Matt with Brian Blyther