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Congrats to Dillen Maurer for winning the Partial Scholarship to Grinduro! His winning creative submission was about how a bad crash helped him discover his calling in neuroscience. While studying neuroscience in Ireland, he learned a pub song called Molly Malone, and he rewrote the lyrics with a Grinduro theme and provided the original recording, which you can hear by clicking here
Grinduro: For the Love of Bicycles - AN ESSAY AND SONG BY DILLEN MAURER
Like all cyclists I have had bad crashes and not so bad crashes. You never want to go down but I have learned that every crash has a sliver lining. There is always something to be gleaned from an unpleasant situation. It could be as basic as learning that you shouldn't have your weight so far forward on a rooted section but it also has the possibility of revealing a life changing epiphany. My worst crash left me broken and battered in the flesh and the mind. Bones heal and scars fade but the brain trauma has left me with lasting neurological problems. However, there is not a chance I would reverse the pain. Those few seconds of poor bike handling helped me find my calling. Constant visits to neurologists has made me obsessed with learning everything I can about the brain. If I had never gotten too friendly with the dirt below my tires I might never have decided to study neuroscience. I can't imagine my life without this inspiration. Finding what makes the human race tick gets me excited like nothing else. Growing up in the age of information made me assume everything that there is to know and understand has already been figured out. The facts of this universe were all written down already. I have never been so wrong. Studying the enigma that is the human mind has put so much magic and mystery into the world we inhabit. All of this simply because I fell off of a bicycle.
It is the study of neuroscience that has given me the opportunity to come to Dublin, Ireland. Being in the emerald isle has accentuated the fact that my head does not respond very well to alcohol since my crash. I know, a cyclocrosser who can't drink beer. Pretty ridiculous, but I still love having fun with my friends and riding bikes. So while I can't join the drinking, it doesn't mean I can't re-purpose an old Irish pub song for the topic of Grinduro. This is a song known by everyone in Ireland called Molly Malone. It is a rather sad song about a young girl who sells fish and dies of a fever but we don't need that kind of sadness while riding bikes. So I used the tune and general structure of the song to make something a bit more appropriate for Grinduro with a twist of my own geeky life.