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Monster Track Profile #7-Heather Muller

Representing for the Ladies…and fast has hell too.
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Heather Muller (shown in the front) Dylan is in the back.
How old are you? 24
Where do you live? Bed-Stuy
What bikes do you own? I have a custom Squarebuilt track bike, an IRO, a Cannondale road bike, a Specialized mountain bike, and a Surly Travelers Check.
What got you into track bikes? When I moved to the city in 2002, I had only owned 2 bikes in my life. I used to ride everywhere on my mountain bike that I’d had since I was in third grade. It was way too heavy for city riding and way too small for me. One of the security guards at my dorm used to ride track bikes in Jamaica and he started telling me about them. I knew it was time for an upgrade, and two of my friends helped me build a conversion out of an abandoned Atala frame that I found.
Have you been a messenger? How long and for what company(s): I worked for Breakaway for about a month and a half after graduating college. I’m currently part of Mess Kollective, which is an entirely messenger-owned and operated co-op. messkollective.com
What got you into alleycats? My first alleycat was King of the Fucking Streets in the summer of 05, during the Worlds. I don’t remember how I first heard about the races, but I used to look on nybma.com for info and decided I wanted to race.
What do you like about them? Racing in alleycats has exposed me to a lot of great things about cycling. Most of my major bike purchases have been because of an upcoming race. I upgraded my Atala conversion to an IRO before Monstertrack ’06 because the frame was bent and I was afraid it was going to break during the race. I bought clipless pedals before racing in Rumble. It has opened up a new community to me and has been a really positive experience.
What was your first Monster Track? 2006
How many Monster Tracks have you raced? How have you done? I think I came in 5th female in 2006. I was happy just to finish. In 2007, I came in third, and won it in 2008.
What is unique about Monster Track? It’s the only race in which you can’t have a brake.
What does it mean to you that this race is 10 years old? Double digits! This race has been around a while and I’m glad to have been a part of it.
Who should race alleycats? Messengers Only? I think any skilled city rider can come out and race. I have never felt excluded from the alleycat community in New York because I wasn’t currently a messenger. I think that’s a great part of the community here, that it is so open to messengers and non-messengers.
What do you think about the liability issues? People need to take personal responsibility and know their limits. There are a lot of different flavors of alleycats and Monstertrack is not and should not be for everyone.
What is the future or alleycat racing? Will we see it in the X games 2020? I’m sure there will be some presence of track bikes in the X games, but an alleycat is in live traffic and I don’t think that lends itself to something like the X games. Maybe they’ll have a closed course like the main race in the NACCC’s and World’s.
What do you think of the rise of popularity of track bikes and all these people coming out to race? It’s great that bikes are getting more popular. The more cyclists on the street, the safer our city will become.
What are your future cycling goals? I want to do more touring. I was on a 2 and a half month tour in Europe this summer (www.heatherbikes.com) and loved it. If I can find a way to turn touring into a job, that would be a dream. I might get into road racing this year and definitely want to take my Squarebuilt out to Kissena.

4 comments to Monster Track Profile #7-Heather Muller

  • dylan

    ahhh chicken, i’m so proud of you. Look how cute we look together. I hope you kill it at this years monstertrack so i can say i once beat two time monstertrack champion at sprints

  • [...] so was Copetown’s Jimi “Jumbo” Vargas. First and Second, respectively. Props to Heather Muller for winning too. She regularly attends my Tuesday night “High Intensity Interval Training [...]

  • hi.. this is so good .. i really like it. thanks for sharing

  • Isabel

    Hi..I saw you are a messenger. I know this
    is a weird request but I need a person
    to attend a class of mine for 15 minutes
    and read a paper of mine. school is NYU
    It would be like a messenger, just you
    would read a paper, sort of like a
    reading messenger.. It is a history class,
    there will be food asit is the final class.
    so it is legit ata university.

    thx,