Eldrik had missed our last race of 2008 thanks to a broken scaphoid. It required surgery and there were warnings about possible limited mobility, but thankfully over the winter it recovered well. But then Eldrik managed to get kicked in the knee by a fat Brazilian, whose staggeringly inept tackle during a friendly football game ripped off a chunk of cartilage and put Eldrik well and truly out of action. Two months later, Mayhem was imminent, Eldrik was still on crutches, and an advert was put out seeking a new team-mate. Mayhem's a popular event and in no time at all we had our fourth man, John Crumpton - a 24 hour novice but fearsomely keen cyclist who had once cycled in a relay from Land's End to John O'Groats in less than three days.