April 18th and 19th in DC.
for details check out Hotboiledp-nuts.com
Sorry for the delay. I was waiting on a picture of the bike itself. So it turns out the Bianchi Milano was stolen on Houston and Mercer in front of the Angelika theater in Manhattan. The lock that was broken was a Kryptonite KryptoLok U-lock
OH NO. Could be the beginning of bicycle theft season.
My bike was just stolen from the corner of Houston and Mercer, right outside the Angelika. Someone smashed the Kryptonite lock, which was twisted in a heap when I came out and found the bike was missing. Description: 18″ celeste green Bianchi Milano — older model without fenders with a non-standard WTB saddle (black with red details). Anodized blue aluminum bell on left handlebar, and possibly the vestiges of a lock attached to the crossbar.
please be on the look out for this bike.
After getting a good healthy buzz off of Gothamist and the NY Times I thought it would only be fitting to follow up with David August Trimble and find his personal insights to the Redhook Criterium.
1. Neil Bezdek
What were some of the challenges of putting on this race?
For about a week before the race I was obsessively checking the
The rest of the race organization while difficult was enjoyable. I
What was the turnout like from the racers?
How was it with the Roadies mixing it up with the Alleycats?
The roadies don’t give themselves enough credit. Before the race I
What was challenging about the course?
What was the cops reaction?
How did you go about getting sponsors?
My uncle Sam and I are forming the Trimble Racing entity and decided
Did someone really win a cobblestone?
What changed about your expectations? Were they met?
My only real regret was the amount of flats suffered by the field. I
What may change for next year?
What did you think of your performance at the Race?
Who came to watch?
what was with the video crew?
John Hoppin and Kalim Armstrong contacted me soon after I posted
What was it like getting in NY Times article?
Nice work David. Thank you for daring to promote competitive cycling here in NYC. I know it can be a stretch, especially when the safety of the Ikea parking lot at night might be compromised. (sorry I couldn’t help myself)
So for our bike blogger of the week we feature:
This originally started as a Monster Track profile for an out-of-towner, but Andrew wasn’t able to make it to race.
How old are you?
Where do you live?
What bikes do you own?
What got you into track bikes?
Have you ever been a messenger?
What got you into alleycats?
What do you like about them?
Why did you start the blog?
What Kind of people read your blog?
What is the scene like in Austin?
What do you think of all these fixed gear blogs? What surprises you? What bike blogs do you follow?
What was one of the most interesting experiences you had on a bike?
Any memorable posts or comments you want to share?
What are your future goals for the blog?
Hey I got a mention in the Times.
The old cobblestones on the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn have felt the weight of many kinds of vehicles, from wagons to tractor trailers to the snazzy cars and S.U.V.â€™s of the neighborhoodâ€™s newer residents. But as a soft drizzle fell on Saturday night, the stones felt something new â€” a clandestine bicycle race.
Read the rest of the article here.
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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)