Crazy Weekend-Crazy Week.

I can’t believe its already almost been a week since Monster Track TEN. This week started with a real test of the cyclist with a massive snowstorm Sunday Night.

Diablo of Callejeronyc has some nice pictures of how NYC’s couriers get it done, no matter what the weather.
Check out this video too of fun in the snow.


Meanwhile the race results are in officially:

Here is a statement form the CK, the organizer:

“Big shout to the 2009 Monstertrack Masters: Crihs Thurmann (NY Minute)
and Heather Muller (Mess Collective).

Crihs turned out 37 miles, 19 stops, including two trips around
Manhattan and a pair of direct rushes across Brooklyn in roughly 2
hours and 25 minutes.

Heather is a TWO time women’s master of Monstertrack – she won last
year and has a custom Squarebilt to prove it!

Both Heather and Crihs took home some cash, a fully built Affinity Low
Pro track bike (matching white frames), a Monstertrack jersey and some
other goodies from our sponsors RELoad, DQM, Boundless NY, InCase, and

Big shout to JUMBO from Copenhagen as well. Jumbo finished seconds
after Crihs to convincingly prove who was 1st Out of Town. Jumbo took
home some cash, a jersey and a dope DQM SAG bag loaded with goodies.
Nice work!

Top Threes:
1. Crihs (NYC)
2 Jumbo (Copenhagen)
3. Dan Chabs (NYC)

1. Heather Muller (NYC)
2. Dagga (NYC)
3. Mary Tyler (NYC?)

Out Of Town
1. Jumbo (Copenhagen)
2. Jonah (Philadelphia)
3. Donnie Green (Providence)

Full results are up at Monster Track

Photo roundup coming later today.

Thanks to all who helped keep monstertrack alive.

from Outlaw to Outlaw

Joel Peterson form Outlaw Print Company used to be a courier in Philadelphia. Now he’s making sweet t-shirt designs.
Check out the bike related themes:

Here’s a bit about this duo from their site:
“Pete Whitney and Joel Peterson are the dual operators of the dual operations Outlaw Print Co and Magick Outlaw. Like a couple of iron wrecking balls covered in human flesh, these two gentlemen have been unstoppable following their creative dreams into a breathing reality. While by day they run the Outlaw Print Co. screen-printing outfit, nightfall provides time to work at their own apparel line Magick Outlaw. Both of which are based out of Philadelphia with inter-stellar appeal.”

See Reverend Billy this Weekend!!

Sunday, March 8th. 2pm. Highland Ballroom.

**the Reverend had a great interview along with Savitri D, on my favorite Hacker radio show… Off the Hook.

Learn how they won the right to publish their website: and helped defend the people’s Union Square.

You can download the podcasts of all archived shows. word.

Bikeblog’s got a mayoral candidate.

I proudly endorse the Reverend Billy of the church of stop shopping.
picture by: Katie Orlinsky for The New York Times

Article from Monday’s NYTimes:
by Rebecca White.
Backed by Green Party, Comic Pastor Runs for Mayor

Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping is — to say the least — not your typical candidate for mayor. With his blond pompadour, cobalt blue suit, black shirt and white collar, he made his announcement in Union Square on Sunday accompanied by a choir in green robes.
But he has the nomination of an actual political party and might have a spot on the ballot in November, something Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has yet to secure.

read the rest of the article here.

Reverend Billy is running on the Green Party Ticket

Find out more:
picture-3 (may be under construction)

From the fights to save our public spaces, the exorcisms of Starbucks, battling the places we hold sacred and not the big box monoculture we don’t need any more of.

Reverend Billy is my hero.

Quick Video from the Start of Monster Track 10

Monster Track 10 from Michael Green on Vimeo.

hmmm, sounds like a fake.

In case you were loosing any sleep over this:
According to Joshua over at this Youtube video I posted about a kinetic sculpture in Budapest is only a concept. It was a nice editing job.

Open Bicycle is not a fake and neither is this video of wall riding…

Open Bicycle Opening Soon! from open bicycle on Vimeo.

Here is a brief mission statement:
OPEN is a forward-thinking, culturally responsive bicycle shop. We recognize that the bicycle is more than mere recreational tool – it is a simple, responsible, and healthy solution to many current economic, environmental and sustainable living issues. The goal of OPEN is to introduce and promote the use of the bicycle as a central element in fostering a more sustainable community in Harvard Square and the greater Boston metropolitan area. Oh, and everyone is going to have a hell of a good time as well!

This is Harvard Square’s first independent Bicycle Shop, opening soon in the Boston Area. Bikeblognyc, wishes them lots of luck.

Three of the Top Three!

Crihs, Dan C. and Heather all gave me great profiles on Monster Track. I think it helped in their winning strategy.
A true NYC pro! Heather.
Pictures from Chris Ryan of Team Spider.
More Monster Track 2009 pictures at My Flickr Page

Amazing Race-Congratulations to the Winners

Wow. It was a jam packed 2 hour Monster Track Race with all the frills. Skitches on cars, near death experiences, lost in Brooklyn.

Picture by Christopher Ryan of Team Spider

Winner: Chris-NYC
2nd: Jumbo-Copenhagen
3rd: Dan Chabanov-NYC
4th: JT
5th: Kennedy
6th: Lincoln

First Female: Heather.

Nice work.

some more immediate pictures at

Monster Track Profile #7-Heather Muller

Representing for the Ladies…and fast has hell too.
Heather Muller (shown in the front) Dylan is in the back.
How old are you? 24
Where do you live? Bed-Stuy
What bikes do you own? I have a custom Squarebuilt track bike, an IRO, a Cannondale road bike, a Specialized mountain bike, and a Surly Travelers Check.
What got you into track bikes? When I moved to the city in 2002, I had only owned 2 bikes in my life. I used to ride everywhere on my mountain bike that I’d had since I was in third grade. It was way too heavy for city riding and way too small for me. One of the security guards at my dorm used to ride track bikes in Jamaica and he started telling me about them. I knew it was time for an upgrade, and two of my friends helped me build a conversion out of an abandoned Atala frame that I found.
Have you been a messenger? How long and for what company(s): I worked for Breakaway for about a month and a half after graduating college. I’m currently part of Mess Kollective, which is an entirely messenger-owned and operated co-op.
What got you into alleycats? My first alleycat was King of the Fucking Streets in the summer of 05, during the Worlds. I don’t remember how I first heard about the races, but I used to look on for info and decided I wanted to race.
What do you like about them? Racing in alleycats has exposed me to a lot of great things about cycling. Most of my major bike purchases have been because of an upcoming race. I upgraded my Atala conversion to an IRO before Monstertrack ’06 because the frame was bent and I was afraid it was going to break during the race. I bought clipless pedals before racing in Rumble. It has opened up a new community to me and has been a really positive experience.
What was your first Monster Track? 2006
How many Monster Tracks have you raced? How have you done? I think I came in 5th female in 2006. I was happy just to finish. In 2007, I came in third, and won it in 2008.
What is unique about Monster Track? It’s the only race in which you can’t have a brake.
What does it mean to you that this race is 10 years old? Double digits! This race has been around a while and I’m glad to have been a part of it.
Who should race alleycats? Messengers Only? I think any skilled city rider can come out and race. I have never felt excluded from the alleycat community in New York because I wasn’t currently a messenger. I think that’s a great part of the community here, that it is so open to messengers and non-messengers.
What do you think about the liability issues? People need to take personal responsibility and know their limits. There are a lot of different flavors of alleycats and Monstertrack is not and should not be for everyone.
What is the future or alleycat racing? Will we see it in the X games 2020? I’m sure there will be some presence of track bikes in the X games, but an alleycat is in live traffic and I don’t think that lends itself to something like the X games. Maybe they’ll have a closed course like the main race in the NACCC’s and World’s.
What do you think of the rise of popularity of track bikes and all these people coming out to race? It’s great that bikes are getting more popular. The more cyclists on the street, the safer our city will become.
What are your future cycling goals? I want to do more touring. I was on a 2 and a half month tour in Europe this summer ( and loved it. If I can find a way to turn touring into a job, that would be a dream. I might get into road racing this year and definitely want to take my Squarebuilt out to Kissena.

Today is a “Track Bike Holiday”-Monster Track 10

get your alleycat skills on:

video from Diablo at

He’ll be having photos up throughout the day of the race on his site.
otherwise go to continuumcycles 199 Ave. B. Register to race.
Around 1:00pm

Happy Monster Track 10