On Sunday, May 6th was the kick off of a three city velodrome tour where bike messengers compete for tickets to the world championships in Dublin Ireland. Messengers from the East Coast came out to race on the Kissena Park Velodrome in Queens.
Congratulations to Kym Perfetto (NYC) and Peter Bradshaw (Boston) for wining first place and getting two tickets to the Ireland for the worlds in August.
Just to clear up a few things…Kym is a working NYC courier, I rode around with her on Thursday for a few runs in between teaching two spin classes at NYC Sports club…this is why she won, because if she is not riding her bike for work, she’s training on her bike or teaching on her bike or just plain on her bike.
Also the picture of Team 6 racing was not taken at Sears…duh…it was taken at JCPenny.
and there will probably be a reality show about messengers soon beacuse atleast 3 production companies are trying to pitch the ideas to the networks, so hurry up and get your team together and get your pictures at Sears Portrait world.
Here is a video we don’t like to see of a crash between Dagga and Beth O’Brien.
I hear they were ok…here is a picture of Dagga smilin after the crash which I hope is a good sign. Riding on the track can be dangerous, so you have to wear a helmet and sometimes you crash and get right back up and buy a new helmet.
there was also an alleycat race hosted by Felipe which was a great way to get back to Brooklyn from all the way out in Flushing, near the track.
It looks like the Nations fastest courier, Austin Horse, won.
and here is a picture from the new reality show coming soon to fox…”Drunk Messenger.” The guy with the bucket won the prize for best bucket on your head during an alleycat.
A great art show is opening tomorrow, and it is great because it is all about bicycling in NYC! It’s the perfect way to start the summer. Why I Ride opens tomorrow and runs through June 3rd, and organizers Carol Wood and Elizabeth Stuelke say it is going to make the NYTime’s Friday events list. Woot!
The show has four locations throughout the lower east side: Lower Eastside Girls Club gallery/cafe 56 E. 1st St.
here is an article from Razor apple with pictures of last weekends Eastside Polo invitational.
Here is a report back from Angelo:
“The A-Team had a long drive home, long enough to lick our wounds clean. The ESPI’s in NYC, hands down the best polo tournament ever. If you missed it, you missed 14 teams battle for supremacy with some of the best ballers ever. The tourney ended up being quite the spectator event with rivalries beginning right from the start, from two teams that were slated to be in the finals together. The A-Team (Ottawa) and The Ratkillers (NYC). Then two big upsets. Both A-Team and Ratkillers lost in the semi’s which put The Broad St. Bullies and The Christ Punchers in the finals. Philly vs. Philly, ya know that’s going to be good. That left The A-Team and the Ratkillers to go to war for bronze.
The Christ Punchers took the whole thing. Congrats, the one team to beat the A-Team (defending champs) deserves to go all the way. In my opinion Dave from the CP deserves the MVP of the tournament. He also got the GWG. The Broad St.Bullies took silver with a valiant effort from Zach, Cory and Adam, but it just wasn’t enough. The A-Team and Ratkillers grudge match was just that…a bruiser of a game. It went to beer point (match point) but the Ratkillers fell short despite their bush league tactics. The A-Team edged them out with their skill.
The A-Team would like to thank, All of NYC…Trackstar crew and all other key organizers. Bill for his professional officiating. Josh for his floor. Alfred for his hospitality. Hodari for being in our corner the whole weekend and to all of our fans out there, we love you.
The now North Side polo Invite, formerly the Golden Ball Tournament, will be held this Sept. in Ottawa. This is going to be our 4th annual and probably the biggest so far. More info TBA.
ESPI 2008 will be held in Ottawa, maybe a pre-event to CMWC XVI Toronto, maybe an event unto it’s self, maybe an event at the worlds. One thing is for sure the Mallets of Mayhem are hosting it.
We like to keep stats on our tournament play….
The A-Team is 25 wins and 1 loss in 3 continental tournaments, that’s including round robins and finals….you better refocus your telescope Cory , the centre of the polo universe is a little bit more north.
Gabe Morford and Mike Martin really set things off with their 40 minute video MASH about track bike culture in San Francisco. They opened eyes with their coverage of tricks one may have never thought possible on a fixed gear bicycle all beautifully displayed on the intensly pitched hills of this West Coast gem of a city.
It set things off with many riders trying to better their skills and invent new ways of riding and better tricks.
Here are a few more videos from San Francisco…by Colin Arlin and Colby Elrick.
promo part 2
San Francisco is hosting this years North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC 07) Memorial Day weekend and invite all to come and see the city. This is a great time to be on a bike with lots of alleycat races, parties, racing and events.
Fred has sent this message out looking for volunteers to help out:
My name’s Fred and i’m in charge of recruiting volunteers for the various events like the main and qualifying races and parties during Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
So, I’m asking. If you are coming to sf to race and feel like helping out when you’re not racing then i’d love to hear from you. Maybe you’re coming with a friend who isn’t racing but is down to help out- please direct their attention towards me.
Or if you find yourself milling about during or after the race and you see some folks cleaning up or schlepping things around that look like they are having a hard time (or they’re having an easy time and you just want to meet someone cool), then you could just help for a second and have some new friends.
We’re trying to work out some perks to being a volunteer. We have a ton of sponsor gear…..
If you want to talk about any of this or see what’s available to do, i’d love to hear from you. write me back at this address Or just find me or any of the other race organizers and volunteers during the events.
Looking forward to meeting all y’all. fred ________________________________________
LA is preparing some pre-events for NACCC with “City on Lockdown 2.”
The NAC3 Pre-Events in Los Angeles is going to be rock solid and funtastical!
FYI – “City on Lockdown 2″ is probably going to be way better than “City on Lockdown 1″ and “City on Lockdown 1″ had me convinced that LA rocks harder bikes-wise than most places I been.
x ashira ——————————-
U- Lock Mob presents: CITY ON LOCKDOWN 2
May 18th: Registration, Group Ride and After(Pre?)Party
May 19th: Mural Alleycat (LA has got some of the best murals of all time – including many by LA messengers like Cache). The Battle of East LA (the first one was INSANE! LA River here we come!) and a killer afterparty.
May 20th: BBQ, Fixed events and Big Lebowski Bike Bowling
THEN – May 21st – 25th
Join us for THE CALIFORNIA BREW TOUR!! 5 days of riding up the coast with The U-Lock Mob towards the NACCC’s in SF. Camping, alleycats, LOTS of beer, etc etc
Sponsor list includes:
PBR, Orange 20 Bikes (owned and operated by Jim C from Richmond), Swobo, REload, Level, Chrome, BaileyWorks, Timbuk2, New Belgium Brewing, iMartin, and DTLA’s very own Megan #2 who has promised custom handbuilt bikes to the winners! —————– Here is another example of LA on lockdown…
The cops turned on a crowd of peaceful demonstrators at the Tuesday May 1st rally for immigrants rights using teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the people.
So Bike month means all kinds of things… the 7th annual bicycle film festival bringing you a ton of movies made about bikes, bikes and um…I think Bikes.
I am happy to have my 3rd project in the festival, a tale of two Japanese bike messengers coming from Tokyo to race in NYC’s most intense fixed gear only alleycat race…Monster Track. premiering at the festival, Saturday May 19th at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00pm
Noah Budnick, of T.A. wanted me to post this about bike month:
Throughout Bike Month, the Parks Department, Bike New York, the DOT, the Department of Health and T.A. will be partnering to teach kids how to ride bikes!
This is quite exciting, not only because it’s getting the next generation on two wheels, but because the Parks Department is really committing resources to these events. There will be “teach your kid to bike” events in every borough on Saturday, May 12, Saturday, May 19 and on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day).
What the Parks Department could use are a few volunteers who love bicycles, know a thing or two about bikes and can lend a hand checking parents and kids in and with the odds ‘n’ ends that always come up at events like these.
So, I’m ask for everyone’s help to please help out at one of the 15 “teach your kid to bike” events and to spread the word and try to drum up others to help out. Parents and others who have taught people to bike are definitely desired.
If you can help, please e-mail Rich Conroy (cc’d here) at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring him at (212) 932-2453 x.159.
Thanks everyone! Please forward and post this to others who may help.
Details on where and when the Parks Department is hosting Teach Your Kid to Bike events are below and at: http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/events/output_pages/bike_mon th_nyc.php
_______________________________________________ Noah S. Budnick Deputy Director Advocacy Transportation Alternatives 127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002, New York, NY 10001-4010 Phone (212) 629-8080 Fax (212) 629-8334 Direct (646) 873-6022 Mobile (917) 684-2912 Email: email@example.com . www.transalt.org
Our mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.
=Bike Riding Lessons for Kids =Saturday, May 12, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM * Victory Field in Forest Park; 96th St. near Myrtle Ave. (Queens) Getting there: J,Z to Woodhaven Blvd.
* St. Mary’s Park; St. Ann’s at St. Mary’s (Bronx) Getting there: 6 to Cypress Ave,; 2,5 to Jackson Ave.
* Marine Park; Flatbush, Gerritsen and Fillmore Ave. (Brooklyn) Getting there: Q to Ave. U
* Marcus Garvey Park; Madison Avenue between 120th and 124th St. (Manhattan) Getting there: 2,3,4,5,6 to 125th St.
* Midland Beach; Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field (Staten Island)
=Bike Riding Lessons for Kids =Saturday, May 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM * Equity Park 90th St. and 88th Ave. (Queens) Getting there: J,Z to Woodhaven Blvd.
* Van Cortlandt Stadium Broadway between W. 242 Street and Putnam Trail (Bronx) Getting there: 1 to 242nd St.
* Brownsville Recreation Center; 1555 Linden Blvd. (Brooklyn) Getting there: 3 to Junius St., L to Livonia or New Lots Ave.
* Tompkins Square Park Ave. A and 7th St. (Manhattan) Getting there: L to 1st Ave.
* Wolfe’s Pond; Cornelia, Holten and Luten Aves. and Raritan Bay (Staten Island)
=Bike Riding Lessons for Kids =Monday, May 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM * North Rochdale Playground; Baisley Blvd. & Bedell St. (Queens)
* Behagan E. 166th St. and Union Ave. (Bronx) Getting there: 2,5 to Simpson St.
* Commodore Barry Park; Flushing Ave. and N. Elliott Pl. (Brooklyn) Getting there: F to York St.; B,M,Q,R to DeKalb Ave.
* Inwood Hill Nature Center; 218th St. and Indian Rd. (Manhattan) Getting there: 1 to 215th St.; A to 207th St.