BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Jon Frazier can still feel the spots on his face where rocks from Russell Road are embedded into his skin. He is lucky to be sitting on the swing of his front porch with only scratches from a fall that nearly took his life three weeks prior.
The crash came on a Tuesday when Frazier has to log solo rides because of his class schedule. He’s grown to enjoy them — a few hours alone on the bike clears his mind.
A Christian man at heart, Frazier wasn’t always connected with his faith. He realized he wasn’t living the kind of lifestyle he wanted to live, but found peace with his faith after attending Spring Hill, a Christian retreat, in August 2020. Three years later, Frazier is now the captain of the Chi Alpha Ministry’s cycling team.
But this ride put everything that he’d worked for in jeopardy, and nearly stole thousands of hours of cycling in a second. A downhill, 35-mile-per-hour fall straight into the guard railing left him covered in blood, dirt, and gravel from the road.
His backpack, Acer computer, white water bottle, phone, and a bottle of Local Hive honey were scattered in the middle of the highway. What was left of his bike hung off the guard rail 10 yards ahead, mangled into something useless.
He laid down for a moment, praying to God, full of joy.
“I just really felt the Lord kind of come over me and, just like say, ‘I'm here.’”
The Chi Alpha Cycling Team is a miracle. Everything that has gone into this year’s race — the riders, training, equipment, all of it — is straight from God’s grace, according to Frazier. He can recall too many moments where he didn’t think he’d have a team to lead for his final race.