Underground sporting events are an integral part of the NYC bike culture and nothing exemplifies this in a more profound way then the annual Monster Track alleycat race. This event celebrates the fixed gear and is often called NYC’s track bike holiday. It draws riders from all over the world to test their skills in open traffic on a bikes with no handbrakes allowed. I’ve always been drawn to this race and wrote an in depth story for Urban Velo magazine back in 2010.
Here is a little reminiscing from one of the races pioneers JC Ramirez (aka Track King 2012) and creator of the urban biking social netork: urbancyclistworldwide.com
(photo: JC Ramirez-Left, Victor Ouma-Right)
“I did get a messenger job to my friend Johnny aka Snake more than a decade ago
We got our first track bike at the same time.
We talk about making a exclusive Track Bicycle alleycat after a July 4 race
In the year 2000 it became a reality with over 50 hardcore messengers riders, Monster Track was born
In the year 2003 I took over the race after Snake moved out of NYC; I did bring my best friend Victor to the game.
We created the base of a culture with the hardcore race and the freestyle tricks that evolve year by year after us.
Now there is racers all over the world and the track freestyle is stronger than ever.
What ever happen in the future, don’t forget the originator of the game, we made history in the Track Culture and freestyle.
13 years later here we are, come join us and have the best time of your life.
Be safe, Wear helmet and Stay Strong.”
Jc Ramirez aka Track King 2012.
Registration is from 12pm-4pm @ Affinity Cycles 616 Grand St.-Brooklyn.
Photos will be taken by Takuya Sakamoto
Race starts at 4:30pm sharp Grand Army Plaza, Williamsburg Bridge-Brooklyn Side
After Party and Awards-TBD