On a dark and rainy night an unsanctioned bicycle race took place through the desolate streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Police arrived in full force yet an agreement was met to allow the race to continue. Host John Hoppin takes you through this exciting underground sporting event where racers speed past buses, navigate slick cobblestones and hairpin turns to compete for a podium position. This 16-lap track bike only race brought together Cat-2 racers, bike messengers, and urban cyclists.
BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL 2009 Screening Sunday June 21st. 7:00pm Anthology Film Archives, New York City
Coming soon to a city near you. www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
From their website: “At the tail end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, Thomas Edison filmed men doing bike tricks that seem surprisingly contemporary today. The description of this film at the Library of Congress reads: â€œâ€˜Neidert,â€™ of national fame, does stunts on his wheel that are simply wonderful. Makes his bicycle rear up, and rides around the stage on his back wheel; besides a lot of other easy things, such as riding on one pedal and riding backward, seated on handlebar.â€
I had a brief chat with Courier Marli Epp, whos working on Global Gutz Toronto.
Name, Age and where you live (ride)
My name is Marli. I am 25 and live/ride in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
What bikes do you own?
I own a nondescript black fixie with red detailing and an ’82 Marinoni road bike
What will be your next bike purchase?
Something red and light and fast.
What’s happening in Toronto for GG?
We’re having a race and having a party.
Is GG for messengers only?
How does it work?
GG is a race that happens in several cities around the world at the same time, it is all the same distance course so essentially you’re racing other messengers from around the world in a time trial. The top male and female racers win a ticket to the CMWC. It’s in Tokyo this year so there’s a large prize up for grabs.
Will you have any connection with the other cities during the race?
Other than the internet? We’ll see what happens. I’m volunteering not organizing so I’m not sure.
What is it like messengering in Toronto?
I get paid to ride my bike all day, what more do you need to know?
Other cities Global Gutz will take place in:
Cebu City, Philippines
New York City, USA
Norfolk, VA. USA
San Diego, USA
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Washington DC, USA
Tip to angry road rage motorists #234:
“When you drag a cyclist 200ft in the park with your SUV, don’t flee the scene of the accident.”
According to Gawker: “Don Broderick, the Fox News Channel news writer accused of hitting a cyclist in Central Park earlier this month, dragging him four blocks, and fleeing the scene, has been arrested, according to an NYPD spokeswoman.”
there is the bike ride with First Lady of New York State, Michelle Paterson.
“In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Dutch Discovery of the Hudson River we invite you to join First Lady Michelle Paterson on a bike ride from Battery Park to Harlem. The ride will highlight the 400th anniversary of the Dutch discovery of the Hudson River, and will begin with a brief explanation of the Dutch influence on NYC by a local historian. What better way to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the discovery then to ride the West Side Greenway beside it.”
Start: 3:00pm Friday, June 19, at the North Cove Marina in Battery Park, behind the World Financial Center
There will be a very brief talk from a historian, who will speak about the 400th anniversary of the Hudson, and the Dutch influence on NYC (including how Harlem got its name). We will then bike to 125th street, up the West Side Greenway bike path. (Approx. Ride time: 1 Hour)
Also Sunday, June 21st (Father’s Day) is the 36th Annual David Walker memorial Skyscaper Harlem Cycling Classic.
Come watch as Harlem is transformed into a real pro-cycling event.
2. Friday, June 19th-Time’s Up Coney Island Ride.
Location: Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St/Park Row) OR 7:25 in Brooklyn at the Carroll St Drawbridge (btw Nevins and Bond) OR 7:50 at the 69th St Pier in Brooklyn at the Shore Pkwy bike path entrance (take 68th St)
Summary: The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan.
Details: Bring locks as we plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. We usually spend about an hour and a half in the park, on the beach (and in the water!), and on the boardwalk. Some people return on the subway, and others ride.
We should get there in time to see the fireworks.
speaking of Coney Island,
3. Saturday is the unofficial start of summer with the 26th annual Mermaid Parade.
No matter what the state of this famous tourist spot as it battles developers vs the city…The Mermaid Parade is always a good time.
This years King Neptune is non other than the naked Bad Lieutenant and Reservoir Dog, Harvey Kietel along with his lovely wife Daphna as Queen Mermaid.
I hear rumor that Andrew from the poleriders will be there with a more kid-friendly pirate bike. He man need help getting his rig out there so if your interested in helping shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org