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Who is the next tv star…

Perhaps its squid and the crew at cyclehawk.

They’ve got a new trailer for a tv show.

Took a ride around town tonight…4th of July race recap.

I took a ride around Manhattan tonight for a little exercise. It was such a beautiful night, with the warm air. I finally got to see those waterfalls at night and I have to say I was pretty impressed.

I had no idea you could get that close to them.

My one little burst of physical fitness has inspired me to train for my first century.

September 7th. NYC Century Bike Tour

So here are the results of Friday’s 4th of July alleycat.

20 racers, 16 checkpoints.

The race started at: 2:45pm (the numbers located on the right are the finishing times)
1. dan 359
2. crihs 404
3. drew (red) 404
4. spencer 404
5. rafael 405
6. link 411
7. zep! zep! 412
8. lucas 414
9. fernando 416
10. andras 419
11. gabe 419
12. jc king commie 423
13. no name 424 (went to 41+5 then 60 and fdr)
14. ryo 429
15. bianca 426 (1st girl)
16. harvey 428
17. gus 429 (nicest manifest)
18. markus (?)
19. andre (?)
dq- yatika
patrick (?)
i think im missing two.
thanks for putting the times cj and rob

Here is a helmet camera from Joao.

and some pictures:

Congratulations to Dan Chabanov and Bianca, first place male, and female…true patriots.

Tour coverage, as it comes in.

So if your into the Tour De France and don’t have cable, but can get online, like me…there are a few options for viewing.

First is the
Versus Network online

They have some live feeds and recaps including:

Thor Hushovd, from Norway, winning stage 2 today.

Another good source for live feeds is: cyclingfans.com

and for print news: velonews.com

if you want maps of each stage you can go to this google maps page

For viewing in NYC, the Lakeside Lounge is airing coverage on Versus, located at 126 Ave. B. between 10th and 11th st.

I believe it is coverage during happy hour, starting when they open around 4:00pm. So for all of you who get off work in time or aren’t working…this works out great for you. At least it shows they are a cycling friendly bar.

Personally I prefer downloading coverage of ITVN broadcasts of daily recaps. Its a one hour show on British TV, that has just enough of the stages along with insightful reporting and color commentary. Hopefully it will be available on torrent sites like
btjunkie.org but I wouldn’t know anything about that.

Its generally a day late, so if you can keep you head out of the headlines and wait, its worth it.

Calgary is hosting a bike polo tournament

September 12-14th

Check out their website for more info.

Picture of CMWC in Toronto, by Yohei Morita, who has tons of great pictures up on flickr.

Tour De France starts tomorrow…and hopefully finishes clean.


After some shameful bouts with doping, the 95th Tour De France is set to take off tomorrow, under the close eye of the pro cycling community.

Here is an article from the NY times sports section which does a good job of explaining some new rules and procedures for this famous race.

Download issue 8 of Urban Velo


Urban Velo out of Pittsburgh, has its latest issue available for download.

Get it here.

Contents includes:
Cycle Messenger World Championships, World Naked Bike Ride, Bicycle Film Festival – NYC, A Special Place In Hell For Bike Thieves, Sustainable Fuel, Residue, Fastest Man On A Bicycle Honored At Last, Share… And Share Alike – Examining Vélib, One Car – Family Living with Less Cars, More Bikes, Bike Threading Explained, A Simple Way to Measure Chain Stretch, I Love Riding in the City and No Exit

Happy 4th of July

Results of CMWC 2008 posted


So the official site of the Cycle Messenger World Championships, held in Toronto this year, has posted the results.

Check it out here. (scroll down)

Some great photos of all the action posted on flickr by: Walter Lai.

His set

Once again congratulations to Shino…the world’s fastest messenger:

Found this video on line from the devil strip rollers.com

4th of July Race…NYC

This Friday is the 4th of July and that means…”alleycat racing!”

This has been an annual event in New York and perhaps one of the oldest races, which of course is always being debated in messenger folklore.

Its only fitting then that this race starts at Madison Park.

Squid, has a nice story about the first race:

“OK Kids, gather round. Old Uncle Squidly has been drinking a few Pappy’s and it’s time for a trip down memory lane..

the first NYC July 4 street race that I can remember was way back in 1996 (BEFORE MICROWAVE POPCORN!). It was organized by me self and some friends. The prize was a trip to the CMWC which was to be held in Frisco later that year.

We made our own staff shirts with blank red tees and sharpie pens. There was a prize for best shirt which went to Yac who had yet to start racing back in those days, long long ago, before Al Gore had invented the internet to my recollection I reckon.

The race started in Madison Square Park. All the checkpoints were listed on the manifests except for one mystery checkpoint which was to be revealed at the very start of the race (a nice little monkey wrench to challenge everyones routing skills.) ((Also my way of getting to race without feeling like I had insider info!)).

Seventeen messengers threw down $10 each, the high price of admission was to help with the travel money for the winner.

It was a hellish thunder and lightning sheets of rain alternating with 98 degrees type of day. I was tempted to call it off at one point but weather be damned we shot out of that park on a quest for unmatched skill and glory.

I still remember clearly two glimpses of that awesome blitz. One was crossing paths with my brother on 57th st.
We chose different routes and blazed by each other heading the opposite ways yelling and laughing at the same time.
The other was flying down the west side highway and seeing an incredible bolt of lightning reaching down to touch the city, it really captured a moment for me some how.

In the end I placed 3rd (First Fix:cool:) With Flail coming in 2nd and my little bro James claiming the top spot! This did not go over well with some of the XMen who were still around back then. Besides the fact that they did not win, seeing the organizers brother take the money was a bitter pill to swallow.

We threw the afterparty on the abandoned elevated tracks near Little West 12th St. and as far as I know you can still rage in some of those old forgotten places.

In the following year the ‘Alleycat’ scene was starting to blow up in North America (Thanks mostly to CMWC Toronto 95 and CMWC San Francisco 96).

In 1997 I was an LES Squatter (Dos Blockos:ugly:), and as a hard working kid with no major bills or responsibilities I managed to hit all kinds of races in cities all over the US and Canada. I had an apocolyptic vision of an ultimate July 4 event with all the major east coast cities battling it out on bikes and then watching the fireworks and getting loaded of course.

I made the race course a fairly simple route with all the checkpoints clearly marked months in advance.

With the help of Slacker Tim (who also still messengers, he got his own company now called Advanced Direct) and Denser Dan of Serenity House we came up with a color poster:

Thanks to Fly who was working at Kinkos at the time we got mad hookups with the printing and mailed them all over and brought them to races as far as Chicago and Montreal and all points in between.

Ended up with more than 100 racers from 8 cities!! Other firsts for that day were the modern debut of ‘spoke cards’. I bought two decks of Tarot cards from that good witch shop that used to be on 9th St. and had the Philly kids number them and write Apocolips on the back. The idea for the cards in the wheel came from wanting to have race numbers but not wanting to pin them to people. Besides it was a bit of a take off on baseball cards in your spokes going flap flap flap when I was a kid way way back in the 70′s.

Also we had best checkpoint prize which turned out to be these three awesome ladies who loaded up some polaroid cameras and took a picture of each racer and gave it to them as they came thru their spot.

The male winner was from Toronto and the female winner was from Minneapolis!! I was happy to have been able to present a level playing field to all comers. They got R/T airfare to CMWC 97 Barcelona courtesy of Manhattan Portage.

The finish was in Willyburg on the waterfront way back when it was still wild and free.
My Buds Ryan and Dave (RIP BROTHER:metal:) home brewed 300 bottles of beer!!! We even had labels made that said Apocolips brew. Shane provided an ounce of fungus and we had a veggie BBQ while watching the fireworks.

After that we went to Johenios squat on S1 St. for a bunch of bands, fights, and more fireworks (mostly M80′s). Some of the bands I remember playing were: Down Low, The Wives, The Dregs, and Booze Ass from Toronto was supposed to play but they ended up getting in a fist fight with the Dregs during the Dregs too long set.

There was a big crew from Chicago (some who relocated here including Bald Mike and Jack Blackfelt) and my homie Ash later told me a funny story:
Apparently someone dropped an M80 too close for comfort to the Chicago crew when they were outside towards the end of the night (total asshole move, I am no fan of stuff like that). Ash was close by and one of the Chi crew pointed at him and said ‘Don’t Mess with Chicago!’ then they all road off. Ten minutes later they come back and the same guy asks him ‘Do you know how to get to Flatbush Ave. from here?’

Also a big crew from Minneapolis who were inspired to start their own annual jam the following year called Stupor Bowl!

AND the following year (in Montreal?) was the first ‘official’ NACCC.

Damn I am rambling now but we also did skids, sprints, and track stands at Coney Island on the Sunday of that weekend.

OK, just wanted to take a little walk down memory lane and thought some of you would enjoy the story!

Ride Safe this year and maybe I will bring my family out for a checkpoint or something…”

The Checkpoints for this years race:

elite couriers 22 w 27
- city bikes 315 w 38
- 9th st + stuyvesant st.
- 41st + 5th
- 60th + FDR (dog park behind the playground)
- champions bikes 896 amsterdam
- 199 avenue b
- flash 215 e 5th
- ny minute 15 w 28
- a to z 106 ridge
- laight st. pedestrian bridge
- liberty st. @ liberty place
- castle clinton national memorial (in battery park)
- 500 grand
- jack or valaries house (spanish harlem)
- 68 st. + freedom place

Heather is Travelin…

Cyclehawk informed me that our own bike messenger and alley cat champ from NYC, Heather is traveling through Corsica and Italy on bicycle.

Check out her daily exploits on her website and her flickr photostream with daily pictures.