and in Boston:
Seattle’s getting down with tricks comp.
A big part of this whole scene has been previous organizer and racer: Carlos “Diablo” Rameriez.
Read more from Diablo at his blog: Callejeronyc.com
Just wanted to keep it going so here is my profile from this years Monster Track organizer:
The Mighty Chin-Organizer
This has been updated. Dave August’s Red Hook Brooklyn Night Criterium is Saturday, March 28th.
Here is a bunch of info on the race:
The .75 mile 10 turn course in Red Hook is tight, twisty and dangerous. The course is haphazardly closed (with volunteer street marshals) and lighting is dim at best. A fast cobblestone hairpin requires teeth chattering grit to transverse smoothly and a wide open and brightly lit finishing straight offers a perfect runway for a chaotic sprint finish. In order to do well in this race youâ€™ll need street tuned handling mechanics and an engine to match. Brakeless fixed gear bikes are required (as are helmets). Gearing is recommended to be somewhere between 85 and 90 gear inches. Lapped riders will be allowed to stay in the race but will be shown a blue flag when the leaders are approaching and must get out of the way. The finish will be video tapped for accuracy and scoring provided for at least 25 places. I will also be posting a chart with a run down of each lap time. The entry fee is $10.
Last year the race had 25 entries and 5 made it to the end to contest the sprint. Kacey Manderfield made good on her trash talking and dusted the field in the final sprint. A former national collegiate champion and a current National track champion she played her cards perfectly. She is rumored to be returning to defend her title. I (the race organizer) finished 2nd last year barely squeezing out Shusaku in the final sprint. Young prodigy Cooper Ray was 4th and ever imposing Prentiss 5th.
This year the competition is expected to upgrade. Many top local road and track racers will see if they can control their brakeless track bikes and compete with the best street racers. I will be compiling and updating a list of confirmed race entrees in the run up the event. The prize for first place is $300 cash ($150 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd).
The race will be 30 minutes plus 3 laps. The final race course design will posted in the next week. I am expecting a tighter and more technical layout which will include the same cobblestone stretch on Columbia St but avoiding the highly residential street of Dikeman. There will be (3) primes. One at the end of the first lap, one at the end of the halfway mark and one with 3 laps to go. The prizes for the primes will include homemade granola and booze. There will be a bell indicating primes as well as a board counting down the laps with 5 to go (based of a time calculation to determine how many laps the race will be).
More info check out: Trimbleracing.com
From Single Track Recumbent riding in Toronto forests.
April 11th, 2009.
Get down and dirty at tracklocross.blogspot.com
Time’s Up, has opened a new space in Williamsburg, with an excellent location at the base of the Williamsburg bridge. Its mainly for the mechanics and for bicycle maintenance workshops.
The space is 99 South 6th St.
On Sunday, March 8th, there was an opening party. Here is a little report from Time’s Up volunteer, Liane:
On Sunday night, March 8th, the environmental group, Times-Up!, celebrated the grand opening of it’s new Brooklyn space conveniently located right under the Williamsburg Bridge. This new space signifies an increase in NYC bicycling and the sustained commitment of Times-up! volunteers who celebrated their 700th workshop.
Green Party Mayoral Candidate, Reverend Billy blessed the space and led a community cake candle blow-out with a wish for many more workshops. Hundreds of people flooded the street, dancing to the music of the full brass band, Rude Mechanical Orchestra. The neighboring bar, East River was packed with people enjoying the great weather and the potluck food and BBQ. Times-Up! volunteers led tours and introduced new members to future plans for the space.
Rude Mechanical Orchestra…getting down.
Whats with these messenger events and Proms? Is this implying that most couriers never completed high school and missed their chance at a legitimate prom? Let me tell you, I went to my senior prom…you’re not missing anything. Why not call it an office party for people who don’t have offices? I dunno.
Well, DC, April 25th.
more info will be coming to lesdemoncats.blogspot.com
I’m not sure who I should be more pissed at? The author of this long winded out of touch article on the current state of cycling in NYC or the NY Times editorial staff who some how deemed in their infinite wisdom it would be a good idea to give a page and half of realestate to this article. First off, this is not journalism, but rather one opinion, from one cyclist who doesn’t talk to anyone else. Why is this not in the op-ed section along with the other random rants about people angry about cyclists riding on the sidewalk, as if that were the biggest thing the rest of us have to worry about everyday on the streets? This would be much more suited for the NYPost and their columnists who every now an then have a near-death experience with a food delivery person and want instant legislation banning all cyclists from the 5 borough area.
The article in the Sunday’s City Section of the NYTimes:
This is a photo of what appears to be a working NYC messenger, I think its Tone. But taking the time to find out who it is would have required the writer to give this person some just credit and find out what his opinion is about the rise of popularity of cycling. Then we the audience could get some other opinions of what its like out there everyday on a bike.
I won’t bore you with all the details of this opinion piece about how this cyclists remembers the 80’s and how rare bikes were and blah blah blah…you can read for yourself Here.
The idea of this piece is that more bikers are on the streets these days who have less experience of riding safely and the author poses these 4 points in ways to become more responsible. I’ve added some responses myself.
Which brings me to four sure-to-be-scoffed-at suggestions for better bike P.R.:
NO. 1: How about we stop at major intersections? Especially where there are school crossing guards, or disabled people crossing, or a lot of people during the morning or evening rush. (I have the law with me on this one.) At minor intersections, on far-from-traffic intersections, letâ€™s at least stop and go.
NO. 2: How about we ride with traffic as opposed to the wrong way on a one-way street? I know the idea of being told which way to go drives many bikers bonkers. That stuff is for cars, they say. I consider one-way streets anathema â€” they make for faster car traffic and more difficult crossings. But whenever I see something bad happen to a biker, itâ€™s when the biker is riding the wrong way on a one-way street.
There will be caveats. Perhaps your wife is about to go into labor and you take her to the hospital on your bike; then, yes, sure, go the wrong way in the one-way bike lane. We can handle caveats. We are bikers.
NO. 3: How about we stay off the sidewalks? Why are bikers so incensed when the police hand out tickets for this? Iâ€™m only guessing, but each sidewalk biker must believe that he or she, out of all New York bikers, is the exception, the one careful biker, which is a very car way of thinking.
Granted, many food delivery people insist on riding on the sidewalk…probably because they are undocumented workers who have low paying jobs without health insurance and have to be on a bike for 12 hours a day and would rather take their chances making short trips on the sidewalk then out where they can become hood ornaments by irate vehicles. This may change about the time NYC food vendors don’t have stale pretzels. Good Luck. I occasionally ride on the sidewalk and here are a few reasons why.
NO. 4: How about we signal? Again, I hear the laughter, but the bike gods gave us hands to ring bells and to signal turns. Think of the possible complications: Many of the bikers behind you are wearing headphones, and the family in the minivan has a Disney DVD playing so loudly that itâ€™s rattling your 30-pound Kryptonite chain. Let them know what you are thinking so that you can go on breathing as well as thinking
My suggestion to you Robert is: Stop and interview some REAL NYC cyclists. The really cool bikers like me who have been writing a bicycle blog for over 5 years. Get a bunch of their testimonials together…its called journalism. Then rewrite your article. You may be surprised what you find and how their are a whole bunch more factors going on in NYC. Things like, yes we have new bike lanes but some of them go right down Broadway into a esplanade full of pedestrians forcing us in dangerous close contact with each other. Like how the Manhattan bridge doesn’t have any German tourists on it taking pictures like the Brooklyn bridge but its almost certain suicide trying to get on the bike path on the Brooklyn side. Lets not forget to mention the 5 year harassment campaign by the NYPD against cyclists and not just during critical mass. Do your homework pal. I wish we could just talk about the current state of cycling in NYC in terms of just weather to ride on the sidewalk or not, but unfortunately it a much bigger picture.
From the LA Times:
The idea, as the name suggests, is to promote more cycling options. There are several dozen workshops covering everything from bike safety to how bikes fit into the big scheme of things in other cities such as Davis, Calif., Mexico City and Portland, Ore., where 3.5% of commuters pedal to work, according to the Census Bureau. That’s nine times the national average and city officials in Portland insist the number is actually higher.
For more information, the schedule of events and registration, go to: Bikesummitla.com