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John has been an institution in the world of cycling here in NYC for decades. He is currently the director of the Kissena velodrome out in Queens. He has been a prolific force in keeping NYC’s only cycle track open and running, offering track racing experience to the young and old. He has been a key figure behind the Velocity race series which gives messengers and other city riders a chance to win tickets to the latest cycle messenger world championships…held all over the world. He is also an accomplished musician and now author. It was a real honor for me that he agreed to do one of my Q and A profiles.
Please welcome, John Campo.
Name, Age and Where you reside?
John Campo aka Campocat
What bikes do you own?
I race a Griffen Vulcan that was made for me, and I love it.
What got you started in Track riding
It started I guess with my Father mostly talking about it, the allure, tales of Madison Square Garden. I was a good racer anyway and maybe wanted my Father to see me follow in his footsteps.
What have been the biggest obstacles of maintaining and fixing up the track at Kissena?
Defusing miss information is top, trying to get people involved, stopping the vandal’s, getting funding for junior programs, keeping all volunteers going in the same direction by giving correct information as to how to deal with daily problems.
Some memorable stories of conditions on the track? Storms, sweeping up during snow storms? etc?
There are at least twenty every day. People stealing, someone put a
What do you think of all these kids doing tricks on track bikes?
I think I’ve had something to do with that, and I very proud of it. The campagians done by Puma and others to make the messenger look popular is something I supported. I raced for Puma to bring the velocity tour about. I was a win – win situation. I got riders to come to the track and they sold clothes. What ever program you are trying to make grow you start with making it cool to the public. If you get 1000 participants you wind up with 50 willing to race. It is a numbers game. I couldn’t be happier the track bike is becoming the bike to ride. Even Lance Armstrong is doing it.
Talk about the challenges of getting messengers on the track?
Getting messengers on the track was easy. There has
What got you involved in Velocity?
Kevin Bolger aka Squid; got me involved in Velocity. Our relationship and team Puma and all the events that have happened since have not only increased my ridership but has increased the ridership of all the velodrome in this country and probably the world. It is one event that always puts a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart.
What has been the evolution of skills you’ve seen on riders coming from the messenger world and urban riding to riding competitively on the track?
The evolution I’ve seen is that messenger and urban riders is the same
Who are some of the urban riders/messengers you have seen really come a long way?
Alex, Todd, most notably and close to me have made
What kind of programs do you offer for kids? How do you get young people on the track?
We have an after school program with Parks for kids 5 to 14, run by Diedre Murphy – and
How can people get involved in track riding?
People if they want can come to the track or
How was opening weekend this year?
Opening weekend was fantastic like I said 110 rider signed up.
What are you future cycling goals?
Dude if I win a national championship I will be done.
Goals for the Track and for track riding in the NYC area?
The goals are obvious but the cycling community has got to get on the same page.
Goals for Velocity?
Velocity has become what we want out of track racing in general.
Link to John’s Book- Ghost-Dancer
Start your three day Bike month off right with movies…
Promo video about Kinkfolk Bicycles
Amazing bike storage in Chicago:
So this website: mountian-bike-racing.info is basically reposting my postings word for word and not giving me any credit. He has also set up google ads so this person is making money off of my work.
If you respect what I have been doing for 5 years (and haven’t asked for a cent in return) please email the host firstname.lastname@example.org and complain for me.
His latest posting was this:
So we know his is being blocked by Google (which owns blogger) Why? Probably for similar complaints.
Hopefully his geek skills won’t keep allowing this to occur. Anything anyone can offer for help would be greatly appreciated.
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Ok fashion world…here is a quick lesson for you ONCE AGAIN. A white painted bicycle is for this…
Not for this…
Ok, thats my PSA for the day.
The Glass Beadian himself, Vlad…posted up this video of Critical Mass, as seen through a 180 degree lens.
Thanks for the great work Vlad.
If you don’t ride your bikes and they sit in the garage collecting dust…this is what can happen.
Here is a little wrap up from last weeks…National “Bike to Work Week,” part of Bike Month.
Here in NYC.. www.streetsfilms.org. made a film about Bike to Work Day.
Bike month, bike week, bike month…
Ok, ok, that week has passed and we can get back to riding our bikes everyday and trying not to get tickets from the Police.
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