Friday the 13th Alleycat in NYC

Next Friday, March 13th…NYC.

More Media from Monster Track X.

Great pictures from Kevin Dillard of Demoncats.
I’m partial to this one…
Thanks for taking amazing photos and really capturing the moment.

here a photo set from Freddy
Some video from Andrew Excess

More photo sets:

Monster Track Wrap Up and Photos

I wanted to follow up with my Monster Track profiles so here are a few question and answers form the Racers themselves:


“Hey Michael, it was nice meeting you and your family in person. Can’t believe your son was so calm in that cold.
The whole weekend was great, I met a lot of really nice people and had a blast joking, freezing, riding, and drinking for three days. I’m glad I tried the gold sprints on Friday as well as sprinting up the Williamsburg bridge on Sunday, it was a lot of fun.
When it came down to the race I can’t say I’m disappointed with my back of the pack finish.
As soon as i got the manifest all I could say was “fuck”, even though I pretty much grew up in NYC i felt like a tourist, not knowing where any of the checkpooints were besides the few that were like “303 east 33rd”. I was gonna follow a guy that I knew was a messenger and was quick, I put my bike next to his but he must have moved it after I almost knocked his down, heh. So when we got started I didn’t see him at all.
My first mistake was following John Prolly who had some sort of plan to lead whoever followed him the wrong way…..great. I had a hunch that something was up when we rode to a dumpster but I was too naivee I guess. I laughed about it after though. Without even looking at the manifest I found a group to ride with and we rode at a good clip to a bunch of check points, not really thinking them out, ohh well. It was a real good time though, just riding, talking, laughing, meeting new people as we rode through traffic.
Towards the end I was with a guy from Canada who lost his manifest but could ride well, the guys who knew the streets were beginning to slow a bit but I couldn’t go off on my own since i had no idea where to go. I didn’t really care because the group I rode with was great, I think we all had a great time.
All I can say is that all the fitness in the world won’t get you ahead if you don’t know how to find the checkpoints.
I got sick that night an lost my voice but still came out for the sunday events which were cool to watch. Great weekend overall for sure.
Being around this many bikers was definitely motivational. I got my trainer out and blew the dust off my road bike so I’ll be training even harder now that the weather is becoming nicer. I’ll also be studying up on NYC street addresses like an out of towner,and riding around more often through the parts I don’t know well. I really want to be competitive in alley cat races in 2009 and perhaps try out some road races, and the longer track events.

Thanks agaiin for letting me share my thoughts and experiences!

ANDREW-the Outta Towner
Picture from Kevin Dillard of

How did things go? Well. I placed 25th overall, and I’m not sure what place I came in for the out-of-towners. I also made it to the semi-finals for Gold Sprints which was unexpected.
What was your Monster Track experience like? Awesome. It kind of makes me upset for not racing last year, but super excited for this years alleycat ‘season’.
What was the best and worst part? The best part was being handed the #60 spoke card and then realizing that it didn’t correspond the the place you came in, and the worst was getting a cramp in my calf and thigh at the same time and hauling up 10th ave with my right leg only.
What were your expectations? I didn’t have any, so I was greatly surprised.
How did things change vs what your expectations were? I knew I wouldn’t know the city so I just rode with my other friends from Albany. I was able to hang on up to the last check point where I got dropped sprinting down 2nd ave because of the traffic.
What would you do differently next time for MT or for Alleycat racing in NYC? Get faster!
What did you learn about yourself as an athlete in alleycats? I’m bringing water with me next time. It was nuts not having any.
Whats next for Andrew on a bike in 2009? Road racing, cross racing, alley cats, swing bikes, and more tall bikes.

Picture from Kevin Dillard of

Hey Mike,
Thanks again for putting this up on the website!

What was the best and worst part about this years race? This race was awesome. I really had a fun time doing it. The best part was coming to Continuum at the end of my first manifest and seeing my friends (Dylan even made it out on crutches!), and hearing them yell that I was First Girl.
It’s always great to see a big race like this come together. The organizers put so much time into planning it, the racers push each other to go faster, the sponsors are always so generous, the checkpoint workers stand out in the cold for hours to make it all happen, the photographers are so skilled and give us great images to remember the race, the bloggers make this race known worldwide, and our friends come out and support us. It really is an amazing display of our community.
The worst part was not having any chapstick! My lips were so chapped by the second time I got to Continuum, I wanted to ask someone from the crowd for some but I forgot when I was there.
Any specific tales you want to share? I’m coming up from 100 Old Slip, and only have the Trackstar checkpoint left on my first manifest. As I’m going north on Water St., I see Lucas Brunelle following Dan Chabanov, going to the checkpoint that I just left. For a brief moment, I think ‘oh my God, I’m in first place overall!’ I quickly realize that they must be on their second manifest and there’s no way I’m ahead. It was a nice feeling for a second, though.
How was the course? The format of this year’s race was completely new. We got one manifest with 12 checkpoints on it and were given about 2 minutes to look at it before Mike Dee yelled ‘GO!’ I wrote down ‘E’ and ‘W’ on my manifest to try to make quick sense out of the checkpoints. I went uptown first, hit the checkpoints on the east side, and crossed through Central Park to finish the checkpoints on the west and then headed downtown. The second manifest was another 5 checkpoints from the original 12. I was glad that I already knew where everything was and didn’t have to figure out 5 new addresses. We didn’t know how long the race was going to be, though, and I started thinking that we would get a third manifest with the remaining 7 checkpoints, which would send us back up to 98th street. This definitely made it hard to pace myself but I liked the challenge and thought it was a good twist that the organizers threw in. When I finished the second manifest, I was relieved to be sent to Affinity in Brooklyn.
What does it mean to win MTX? Monstertrack is one of the biggest races of the year. I’m proud of myself for coming in 14th overall. I really want to thank Lance from Squarebuilt for building me a custom track bike as last year’s Monstertrack prize. This bike is probably the nicest thing I own and is amazing to ride. I was honestly a little nervous to race this bike on the street, but it handled phenomenally through traffic and I felt really good on it. I also want to thank Alex Farioletti and Affinity Cycles for holding roller training classes throughout the winter. Alex is so knowledgeable about fitness and cycling, and is so willing to share that knowledge. Taking his classes definitely helped my recovery speed and made me able to push through this long race!
Whats next for Heather Muller on a bike in 2009? I can’t wait to get my prize bike from Affinity out on the streets! I also want to race my Squarebuilt out at Kissena, and maybe try road racing. I would love to do more touring this year, and am thinking of biking the Western Coast of the U.S. from Oregon to California.

Dan Chabanov-Third Place
picture by Kevin Dillard

What was the best and worst part about this years race? Best: Blasting up the west side highway with Jumbo and Lucas Brunelle. Worst: Watching Crihs blow by me on 14th st.
Any specific tales you want to share? I just keep thinking about when me and Crihs raced our first allycat together four years ago. It was the Allykitten and it was a raced that was geared for first timers and occasional racers. I think we came in like 6th and 7th. Its pretty awesome to look back on how we got started in this mess.
How was the course? Much longer then expected.
What does it mean to be in top three of MTX? I think it means more to me that one of my good freinds won the race.
Whats next for Dan Chabanov on a bike in 2009? I’m racing my first road race of the season next weekend. It will be my first time in the 1/2/3 field so that’s going to be a whole new experience. Track season is starting up soon as well. My first big goal of the season is Battenkill Roubaix and then after the road season really gets rolling. The occasional allycat allong the way.

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