Words from Dave August about last nights Red Hook Criterium:
Amazing Night. I owe many thanks to the following:
Al Barouh (Race Director). He ran a tight ship. Amazing diplomacy skills with the police. He calmly and respectively handled the pre race negotiations. Al had to give the same spiel to about 5 different cop cars.
Corner Marshals: They did an amazing job of stopping traffic. I really felt like we were on a closed circuit. There were many occasions that cars had to be held back. The chicane was also communicating with the cobblestone corner via radio. As far as I know there wasn’t any close calls with traffic.
Chris Kim: Offered me invaluable advice in running the race and responding the cops.
NYPD: By the end of the night they were some of the most enthusiastic spectators. The cop stationed in turn 1 would honk his horn each lap and command us to “DIG” over the loud speaker.
Kalim and John Hoppin (and film crew). The film crew presence added immensely to the feel of the event. Having cameras shoved in your face at all times made everyone feel like they were at some big time event. I can’t wait to see the footage and complete film. From what I heard from the crown John’s commentary was very entertaining.
NY Times: The reporter who showed up was super cool and was asking all the right questions. Expect an entertaining and exciting article in tomorrow’s edition.
Hali Young: She did a great job handing out the prizes during the podium presentation.
Trimble Racing: My uncle Sam came on as a huge sponsor. He sponsored 1st place prize $300 in $1s. He also provided all of the red themed prizes (Vintage Selle Italia Saddle, Michelin Tires, Craft Jersey, Handlebar tape).
John Taki: He was cool enough to offer up his house for the second year in a row for the after party and awards. The combination bike race/house party adds a lot to the event. He provided both kegs of beer and the sound system. He also sponsored the bottle of red wine for the dinner prime.
Roo Design: My uncle Roo fabricated the 1st place trophy. He’s a genius industrial designer. Luckily I get to have the trophy on display in my apartment since my roommate won it. I’m playing with the idea of having in engraved each year with the winner. The winner get to keep it for the year and then it transfers to the next champion.
Magia Zafeiropoulou: She handled the stress of the registration and even got everyone to pay the entry fee. (Victor we owe you $10 apparently). She sponsored the Olive Oil and Pasta in the dinner prime. She also provided the milk crate podium.
The Coffee Den: They donated 7 bags of Gorilla Coffee and inspired me to create breakfast/dinner primes.
Grandma Katherine’s Granola: My friend Katherine slaved away for an entire day in the kitchen cooking up her special homemade granola. Thankfully both jars ended up in my household. Amazing stuff.
NYC Velo: I visited the shop yesterday to buy the prizes and Andrew hooked us up with heavy discounts.
Spectators: The crowd was amazing. I’ve never had that many people cheering me on before while racing. The roar of the crowd when I sprinted for 2nd was awesome. The cobblestone corner must of had 50 people at it. The constant camera flashes and heckling helped us push hard every lap.
And most importantly the racers. I know the event seemed sketchy and it took some bravery to race. The roadies who had never done something like this before were really terrified before the race and had to put some trust in me that I wasn’t going to get them killed. I could see the fear in their eyes. After the race they were hooked and I think next year we can expect a much heavier turn out from that contingent. The race had an excellent mix of alley cat racers and roadies. Everyone showed extreme bike handling skills and no one crashed (except Eric Robertson who crashed while warming up)
Buffalo Bill is the real deal in the worldwide messenger scene.
here he is in a photo by Andy Zalan, in 1994.
Bill has been posting his old school messenger zine (where moving target all started) online at flickr.
Check out this blast from the past linked at his website.
SoCal art & lifestyle clothing company RVCA in conjunction with renowned cycling company CINELLI have announced a collaborative cycling art project, â€œPressure.â€ Featuring an array of Cinelli bikes built and designed by such modern artists as Barry McGee, Ashley Macomber, Clare Rojas, C.R. Stecyk III, Dan Murphy, DMOTE, Jesse Geller, Josh Lazcano, KAWS, Madsaki, Phil Frost, PM Tenore and Stephen Powers, the partnership has been undertaken to pay tribute to both companiesâ€™ passion for design and excellence in their respective fields and attests to the undeniable link between underground art and track bike culture that has solidified in recent years. The show will debut at RVCAâ€™s flagship store in San Francisco on Thursday, June 19th and will be followed by a second September showing in Austin, Texas at cycling legend LANCE ARMSTRONGâ€™s new bike shop, MELLOW JOHNNYâ€˜S (so named for Armstrongâ€™s cycling nickname derived from the French term â€œmaillot jaune,â€ meaning yellow jersey), with more future tour dates to be announced. To commemorate the show an array of limited-edition merchandise will be produced including RVCA T-shirts, a hardcover book, and, most notably, a special BARRY McGEE-designed Cinelli bike.
In the second installment of my bike blogger “old school zine style” interview (where I send people questions) we travel to London and meet Bill Chidley, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill.
(image from original printed zine back in 1991)
Bill’s has been writing the Moving Target Zine blog for years, long before it was the chic thing to do. The tagline for his site is: “The worlds most useless messenger zine.” Seems like a bit of self-deprecating humor, because this site has been quite fascinating and full of great articles on roller races, the lifestyle of couriers and bike culture in the London area.
Here is my interview:
Where you reside? Haggerston, London
What bikes do you own? 4: Merckx Corsa Extra, Surly Long Haul Tourer, Gitane Piste and an extensively vandalised Bridgeston RB-1 which I use for polo and running around.
How long have you had your blog? About 4 years. Moving Target was originally a print zine, and was first published in 1988.
What got you started writing it? I started writing so long ago, I can’t really remember why!
What kind of people read your blog? Messengers and other urban cyclists.
Has it changed? It was mostly about messenger stuff, but it’s become more broadly based. I have a lot of information on the continuing problems of cyclists killed by trucks/lorries/HGVs.
Were you ever a messenger? What companies and what was it like? Yeah, I was a full-time messenger for 14 years. I worked for a few different companies, and there is a heap of stories about my experiences, and memories, in a section called ‘messenger stories’.
Have you gotten involved in competitive cycling in any way? Yeah, I have raced. I started with time-trials, then road races, alleycats (I helped start the alleycat scene here in London in 1994), messenger champs (I helped organised the 2nd World Champs, and the 2003 Europeans), roller-racing (I helped re-start roller-racing in London) cyclo-sportives, track, MTB races, Audax, polo…
What is the bike scene like where you live? Absolutely massive.
What were some memorable stories on your blog? Too many to list, but I am most proud of the ‘messenger heroes’ series, and some of longer activist pieces I have written.
What kind of comments do you get on your blog? The two most commented pieces are on the fakenger thing, and I wrote a piece speculating about who was/is the fastest messenger in London which attracted a lot of comments too.
Future goals for the blog? More quality, less quantity.
Bill’s Flickr page, with lots of amazing photos of past courier events.
Here are a few of Bill’s contributions:
article from movingtargetzine written as a correction to a recent Financial Times story which got its numbers wrong. I originally posted that article but Bill was kind enough to show me the error.
an article form the Guardian from April 2008 which Bill wrote.
Our on the street Bicycle Beat reporter, Jefferson Siegel has this recent article in the Villager:
Photo by Jefferson Siegel Beware Pies of March â€” donâ€™t block lanes, bikers warn
By Jefferson Siegel
Cyclists are reveling in the addition of new bike lanes throughout the city. However, they are less than thrilled with the Police Departmentâ€™s lack of enforcement to keep motor vehicles out of the lanes.
On March 14, Timeâ€™s Up! held their annual Beware the Pies of March bike clown ride and pie fight. Intended to raise awareness of cars blocking the bike lanes, the ride began in Tompkins Square Park, with cyclists dressed in their best clown finery being â€œpursuedâ€ by Keystone Cops-style â€œpolice.â€
Read the rest of the article here.
Looks like there will be some video taping this Saturday. Here is a press release of a project for the upcoming bicycle film festival.
On Saturday, March 28 the 2009 Red Hook Criterium will take place and will be be filmed as a competitive sporting event. The film will be produced by Kalim Armstrong (Orange Bikes Take Manhattan, Messenger) and John Hoppin, with assistance from Daniel Leeb (Cinecycle). The race organizer is David August Trimble, and the race director is Al Barouh.
Multiple HD cameras will be set up to film the race. At least one helmet cam will follow race action firsthand. Additionally, a surprise helmet cam shooter may be in town to cover the race. We will have a camera at the podium presentation immediately following the race.
Race commentary and analysis will be provided by John Hoppin and Michael Green (bikeblog NYC).
The 2009 Red Hook Criterium is an unsanctioned race through a desolate post-industrial part of Brooklyn. Track bikes are mandatory for riders and the field will be a mix of semi-profesional cyclists, bike messengers, and urban cyclists. The race consists of 16 three quarter-mile laps of a course which features several hairpin turns, a fast sprint through the parking lot of a chain retailer, a cobblestone stretch, and a sprint finish. Start time for the race is 11pm on Saturday night. Bus and automobile traffic on the course, even if kept to a minimum, is a near-certainty.
The first person to cross the finish line at the completion of 16 laps will take home $300. The second place finisher will receive a $150 prize, and the third place finisher will pocket $50. Additionally, the first rider to complete the first and eighth laps will receive a prime, or prize, to be announced on race day.
Immediately following the race will be a house party where the podium presentation and distribution of prizes will take place.
This project is made possible by the Bicycle Film Festival family, a festival featuring films featuring the bicycle in 39 cities annually.
v a c a t i o n l a n d p r o d u c t i o n s
If state legislators don’t act to undo the outcome of today’s MTA Board meeting, it would mark the second straight year that fares have gone up, which is already a departure from the norm. And it’s going to get worse, say Gene Russianoff and the Straphangers Campaign:
–Without new financial help from Albany soon, the MTA says its current bad finances may mean another fare hike in 2010.
— That would make it three years in a row for fare increases — March 2008, June 2009 and early 2010 — the worst record in the MTA’s 40-plus year history.
— It demonstrates a trend of shifting the costs of operating transit from some beneficiaries of the subways and buses — such as motorists and businesses — onto riders. For example, the riders’ share of operating costs for the subways will go from 69% to an astonishing 84%, according to the MTA, if the just-approved fare increases are implemented.
–Under the plan proposed by former MTA chairman Richard Ravitch, no new fare hike would occur before 2011.
Well it looks inevitable, more money paid to ride a subway and less service…What a Bargain! The MTA seems certain with their doomsday budget and prices are going up. But don’t worry, our beloved Mayor of the people, a commoner, a working stiff…Billionaire Mike Bloomberg, says we should be MAD AS HELL.
Uh, right. No big surprise from the MTA in our broke economy.
I say don’t get mad at the subway fares going up to $2.50…I want everyone to get up out of your chairs and dust off your beater bike and scream “I’m as Mad as hell and I’m going to ride my bike!”
Maybe we should start group rides again for daily commuting…hmmm.
Just in time, the New York Times is launching a new section to their City Room blog called Spokes. Check out the first installment with a a video on some simple bicycle maintenance and some shout out to places to get bikes fixed or fix them yourself.