How was tracklocross 2? What was the weather like? It was amazing! It rained all morning, which may have scared some racers away, but by the time the race started, the skies were clear, the course was extremely muddy, and the people who did show up were full of piss and vinegar.
Who showed up? A wide range of riders – alleycat racers, track racers, cyclocross racers, road racers. Seasoned veterans and “this is my first race” types. People from Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago came… all over. Sludgement Day and Tracklocross-style races are definitely catching on in a cool way.
Who won? Dave Trimble won for the second year in a row. He’s the guy who organizes the Red Hook Criterium, and who kicks ass in mountain bike and road races all over. Second place was Joe R from Philly (in his first unsanctioned race), and Joshua from Boston came in third. Crihs took fourth, Austin took fifth. For the women, Kelsey Crew was first overall. Brantley Archer took first track-legal bike, and Amanda Asteriod took first track-legal bike for the women.
Did the turnout surprise you? We had forty-five riders show up despite the weather. I know that a lot of people stayed home because of the heavy rain in the morning and most of the afternoon, but I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who weren’t deterred and who were still ready to come out and take on the mud and swamps of Randall’s Island.
Any stories of people getting facedown in the Mud? Absolutely. It’s nearly impossible to avoid it during this race. But plenty of people also hit the deck on pavement. Trimble slid out on the first lap going over the Marsh Bridge, and Evan hit a bollard at full speed and nearly destroyed his frame. Corey finished the race the muddiest out of everybody.
Getting lost? Yup. One of the hallmarks of Randall’s Island Tracklocross is that the layout and format is very challenging. Some folks from New Haven got severely lost and confused on their first lap, and it took them forever, but they put their heads down and motored through the rest of the race.
What was different about this year? We had a whole new set of checkpoints, but they still inscribed a counter-clockwise loop around the island, like last year. Most of the checkpoints were new, using new mud fields that have been created during the construction over the past year.
What kind of bikes came out to race? We had it all. Road bikes, ‘cross bikes with slick tires, fixed-gear commuters – some with knobby tires, some without. Dave, the winner, was riding a Pista Concept with a steel MTB fork and knobby tires. A few people were riding dedicated fixed-gear ‘cross bikes. Corey was riding a fixed gear mountain bike with a super-low gearing.
What did you learn from this event and what would you do differently next time? There’s always room for more courses, more checkpoints, and stranger routes around and through the island… Sludgement Day III is going to be bigger, badder, and muddier!
Check out his flickr set of the event.
April 18th was the Time’s Up, James Brown Bike Ride and Dance Party.
Stephen Arthur sent this report:
About 40 skaters and bikers departed Union Square South criss crossing the East Village with spontaneous dances breaking out at the Astor cube and at various other times in the street at red lights on the way to Reverend Billy’s HQ on a warm spring evening. Many by standers, including motorists, not involved in the ride joined in by dancing, clapping, and singing along, digging a great James Brown mix coming from the new sound bike. Arriving at the HQ, as the party was already underway, we were greeted by Reverend Billy himself and a large contingent of his supporters. Dancing in the street, on the sidewalk, and in the HQ continued. As the good vibes built up throughout the evening, Reverend Billy came to the podium and to a packed audience articulated his vision to rebuild NYC community, in the shadow of the current economic crisis. See www.voterevbilly.org for details on Reverend Billy for Mayor and his platform. Many donations to his campaign were made on the spot and, the whole night, many connections were made amongst his supporters, as the party continued late into the evening. After I left the party returning the sound bike to the XUP space, with many NYers still on the street the instant response to the O’Jays “Love Train” summed up the evening as hope takes another step forward and the rest of the city starts to hear Reverend Billy’s message!
So much going on.
and it’s not even bike month yet.
Our favorite (and only) velodrome is opening up this weekend in Kissena Queens. Affinity Cycles in Brooklyn, is leading rides out to the track this weekend.
Time Out has been doing this series on famous bike people and their favorite routes in their “Own the City” section. That’s right, we bikers, own this city.
Online there are PDF’s to download with maps.