Hosted by Kurt Boone, the author of “Asphalt Warrior.” (Kurt will be on hand to sign his book from 5:30-6:30pm)
Meet some of NYC’s top personalities involved in the new wave of urban sports, running, track bike racing, skateboarding and BMX riding.
Panelists: Stone Tone–Bicycle Messenger and alleycat organizer. Tony Marrero–Owner of Post BMX, bike shop. David Trimble–Red Hook Crit and Trimble Racing. Micheal Cohen –Owner of Shut NYC skateboads. Michelle Sauer–Homage Brooklyn.
One of the panelists is David August Trimble who is throwing the Red Hook Criterium. (March 24th)
Here is an essay by past event winner Neil Bezdek, about what it takes to win that event.
How to win and lose the Red Hook criterium
March 21, 2011
By Neil Bezdek
–In racing, I wanted to be a winner and to be a winner, you have to be willing to roll the dice.
-Bobby Rahal, IndyCar driver
The 2009 Red Hook Criterium stands out in my memory as my all-time favorite race. Like Dave Trimble’s other events, the second rendition was one-of-a-kind, set apart by an artistic flair and cultural appeal that only a former racecar driver could produce. The crowd was enthusiastic, the prizes were creative, and the after-party rivaled any celebration I’ve seen. While there’s a long list of reasons to love this race, a general theme emerges: Red Hook takes conventional bike racing and turns it on its head. Everything from the race format to the marketing is unique and surprising, and the race always unfolds accordingly. In its first year, a woman outsprinted a field of all men for the win. Last year a lapped rider crashed in front of the leaders and completely interrupted their approach onto the homestretch. In my case, crowd energy and slippery conditions enabled me to ride in a solo breakaway for the entire race, a feat I’ve never repeated elsewhere. The outcome was a surprise, and winning has never felt so good.
Fast forward to the Red Hook Crit Milano in the fall of 2010. With a full season of professional racing under my belt, I was the obvious favorite. Event sponsors had paid my way out to Europe and provided me with clothing and a bike for the race. Needless to say, my mentality had changed since my first Red Hook Criterium, and I was sure I had the race figured out. Confident that the race was mine to lose, I was content to cruise along conservatively, waiting for final moment when I would launch my sprint and bask in the glory of my inevitable victory. The odds were in my favor.
Not surprisingly, the only “inevitable” result was a reality-check: Jon Ander Ortuondo of Basque Country, Spain snuck away with a brilliant late-race attack, a move that almost certainly would have been doomed in a conventional crit. Ortuondo, an impressive cyclist in his own right, raced aggressively all night, and his performance left no doubt as to who was most hungry to win. Sure, Ortuondo showed up to the race with the right equipment and the fitness to use it. He also rode intelligently and exploited two of the race’s unique features – traffic from lapped riders and the limited gearing of his opponents. But what truly earned him victory was his aggressiveness and willingness to gamble on a risky move that ultimately worked out in his favor. Like the winners before him, Ortuondo triumphed in a grand, unlikely fashion.
There’s no shortage of useful, universal advice about bike racing: Train hard, but show up fresh and rested. Familiarize yourself with the course. Be smart about how you use energy. Spend as little time in the wind as possible. Carry momentum through corners. Get to know your competition. Exploit their weaknesses, and capitalize on your strengths. If people around you are struggling, take advantage. If you’re the one hurting, try not to show it.
And there’s a good deal of strategy that applies specifically to this race: The rough pavement means you’d better choose the right tires. Open registration means riders of all ability will share the same course, so you can’t just coast along in a group of 80 without paying attention to who’s riding up the road. Being limited to just one gear means you must choose carefully; use an easy gear if you’re concerned about being efficient and simply keeping up, but choose a hard gear if you want to have an ace up your sleeve. Remember that the best line through the cobbles along the finishing stretch is wide enough for only one rider, so the race will likely come down to a sprint into the final corner.
I could go on and on, but writing an exhaustive how-to manual for this race would be pointless. After all, the outcome at Red Hook is always a surprise. No amount of precise strategizing or thorough preparation will win you a famed cobblestone trophy. Convention has never ruled the day at Red Hook, so why would it this year? This isn’t a run-of-the-mill Central Park race or routine alleycat; you don’t get to make minor adjustments to your equipment or strategy and try again next week. The best advice anyone can give you is to throw caution to the wind, try something crazy, and hope that you can make this one count.
Injured in a crash with a motor vehicle on your bike? Now you can carry your very own accident report card.
In Fort Greene, one shop is staking it’s claim in the injury market by providing a form, cyclists can carry around, just in case.
Here is a recent article from the local Fort Green, Brooklyn section of the New York Times.
Injured? Cyclists Get Help Staking a Claim
By: Jesse D. Leon-CUNY J-School
Published: March 5th, 2012
Finally, an ambulance chaser for injured cyclists!
A Boston lawyer’s campaign to make biking safer — and, yes, drum up some business for his personal injury practice, has made its way to Fort Greene.
(photo caption: Mike Rodriguez, owner of Bicycle Station, holds an “accident report card” that he distributes to cyclists. Photo by : Jesse Leon)
Bicycle Station, a shop at Park Avenue and Adelphi Street, is the first in the neighborhood to stock lawyer Josh Zisson’s “Bicyclist’s Accident Report” — free, wallet-sized cards that remind cyclists to collect vital post-crash information, such as contact information for the driver or any witnesses, the time of the accident and the car’s plate number.
“I was having clients come to me, and
they didn’t have the right information to make a claim against the driver’s insurance company after they got hit,” said Mr. Zisson, 29. “I realized there’s no real protocol for when you get in an injury on a bike.”
Mr. Zisson started distributing the cards in October and has already handed out more than 10,000 around the country. He’s handled 15 and 20 bike crash cases so far, on contingency, of course.
The cards are especially useful because most cyclists are in a state of shock after getting hit, said Bicycle Station owner Mike Rodriguez.
Unique cycling event from DC’s courier community, hosted by AZ.
Crystal City Diamond Derby
March 10th, 2012
Here’s more info:
This unique cycling race is born from the idea of an alternative, competitive cycling event that is free spirited, fun and imaginative. On Saturday, March 10 riders of all abilities will be able to test their skills on an indoor cycling course in a transformed underground parking garage. Our River Ride will cruise along the Potomac and into Crystal City for an adventure that celebrates our love for style, bikes and great times. The Diamond Derby Lounge will feature art, music, food and drinks where folks can take part in the fun and watch riders take to our underground course. Corehaus DC has agreed to curate a gallery show inside the lounge and to build custom furnishings for the lounge and bar. Featured artists will include Brandon Hill, Peter Chang, Truth Among Liars, Asad “Ultra” Walker, James Kerns, Gregg Deal and others.
Well-well, Geekhouse bikes are ready for NAHBS. Or what? They are gathering their powers at the basemnet, but unfortuanetly not in Sacramneto, they are in Boston preparing for their new shop! Check the Geekhouse bikes photstream on flickr!
Fat Tire Farm
by: James Wilson
the skinny: (from Urban Velo)This video was sent to us via Amanda Sundvor from 21st Ave bicycles who seem to be doin’ it all right, so much so that Fat Tire Farm, their “sister shop”, took a page from their promotional book and made this shop video. Granted, it’s not necessarily urban-centric, but I’m diggin’ bike shops using the availability of video to get their name out there. Imagine how difficult it would be for our favorite shops to promote themselves if they were still relegated to buying television commercial space.
#legendaryride; Bicykillers take Santa Monica
the skinny: In this video, Blackburn teams up with the @Bicykillers as they take a legendary night ride through the streets of Los Angeles and the Santa Monica mountains. Not deterred by darkness but rather inspired by it, these cyclists step into another dimension along with good friends, abundant passion and of course, bright lights.
seen on: bikesnobnyc.blospot.com
Highway To Franco. A reckless journey
the skinny: ”..A trip from Milano to Barcelona on fixed gear bikes? Ready alè let’s go ! ! ! Go finding that punk of Franco!”
HighWayToFranco was born.
seen on: coolbikevideos.com
the skinny: A short documentary film directed by Roman Neimann and Andzei Matsukevits.
Produced by Risto and Mario Kalmre. Following the dream-come-true story of an aspiring local BMX-rider Kristjan Aasmäe, the short film brings out the contrasts between the world famous wintertime BMX- and skateboarding event Simple Session in Estonia and the country’s own BMX-scene.
seen on: trackosaurusrex.com/pblog
San Antonio Sessions
by: Nike BMX
the skinny: Drop the Nike BMX team off in a city filled with rad spots and you get a ton of incredible riding. Garrett Reynolds, Dennis Enarson, Chad Kerley, and Nigel Sylvester throw down lines in this video that you will not believe.
Danny MacAskill Insight 2012 – presented by Lezyne
the skinny: Profile of street trials rider Danny Macaskill. Using his new Lezyne Engineering tools, Danny Macaskill re-visits his old job, in the workshop of MacDonalds Cycles in Edinburgh Scotland and chats over his rise to success and how life has changed.
Some classic Giro d’Italia footage:
London International Invitational
the skinny: Highlights video from the 1st London International Invitational Bike Polo Tournament. A showcase of the best teams from around Europe, as part of the London Bike Show at the Excel Centre.
seen on: prollyisnotprobably.com
Underground sporting events are an integral part of the NYC bike culture and nothing exemplifies this in a more profound way then the annual Monster Track alleycat race. This event celebrates the fixed gear and is often called NYC’s track bike holiday. It draws riders from all over the world to test their skills in open traffic on a bikes with no handbrakes allowed. I’ve always been drawn to this race and wrote an in depth story for Urban Velo magazine back in 2010.
Here is a little reminiscing from one of the races pioneers JC Ramirez (aka Track King 2012) and creator of the urban biking social netork: urbancyclistworldwide.com (photo: JC Ramirez-Left, Victor Ouma-Right)
“I did get a messenger job to my friend Johnny aka Snake more than a decade ago
We got our first track bike at the same time.
We talk about making a exclusive Track Bicycle alleycat after a July 4 race
In the year 2000 it became a reality with over 50 hardcore messengers riders, Monster Track was born
In the year 2003 I took over the race after Snake moved out of NYC; I did bring my best friend Victor to the game.
We created the base of a culture with the hardcore race and the freestyle tricks that evolve year by year after us.
Now there is racers all over the world and the track freestyle is stronger than ever.
What ever happen in the future, don’t forget the originator of the game, we made history in the Track Culture and freestyle.
13 years later here we are, come join us and have the best time of your life.
Be safe, Wear helmet and Stay Strong.”
Jc Ramirez aka Track King 2012.
Monster Track 13 will be, March 10th, 2012.
Registration is from 12pm-4pm @ Affinity Cycles 616 Grand St.-Brooklyn.
Photos will be taken by Takuya Sakamoto
Race starts at 4:30pm sharp Grand Army Plaza, Williamsburg Bridge-Brooklyn Side
After Party and Awards-TBD
There is a pre-event at the Chrome Store, March 8th.
Brendt Barbur, the illustrious creator of the world famous Bicycle Film Festival, is going beyond just curating great bike movies, he’s making one of his own.
The documentary project is called the Commentator and takes an in depth look at Jorgensen Leth who created the legendary sports film: “A Sunday in Hell.” back in 1976.
More about the project:
THE COMMENTATOR revisits A SUNDAY IN HELL, legendary filmmaker Jorgen
Leth’s 1976 cycling masterpiece about the Paris-Roubaix one-day race.
The original film followed the spring classic across the cobbled
French countryside. THE COMMENTATOR will retrace those steps and
follow the race with Jorgen as he announces the 2012 Paris-Roubaix for
television. We will also capture the race from the perspective of the
staff, fans and athletes.
We are fortunate to have a great crew for this project. We’re a team
of friends, and are coming together to celebrate cycling on one of its
biggest stages, as well as to honor the man who helped popularize the
Paris Roubaix. Jorgen memorably screened A SUNDAY IN HELL at a sellout
show for the first Bicycle Film Festival in 2001. Almost everyone on the
crew has participated in the BFF.
The team includes director Brendt Barbur, a producer, curator and
founding director of the Bicycle Film Festival, and famed
documentarian Albert Maysles who will be filming Jorgen Leth in the
trademark style that he lent to his films GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER,
and MUHAMMAD AND LARRY. Our team of photographers and filmmakers is
world class, featuring cycling and surf luminaires Brian Vernor and
Patrick Trefz, as well as former Colors Magazine creative director and
celebrated photographer Stefan Ruiz. Ace producer Laura Coxson of
Maysles Films is also on board. Our film will be scored by iconic New
York rock band Blonde Redhead.
To support this project and pledge funds at their kickstarter page, go here.
Joe Sharkey (@critmasspanic) of NYC World Naked Bike Ride and Time’s Up volunteer Monica Hunken were nabbed outside of the Phizer headquarters on 43rd and 3rd.
I salute your tired vigilance for fighting for local issues such as free assembly and the big scale battles of corporate greed of the OWS movement.
Today’s action is reported here. in the New York Times cityroom blog.
The main focus of #F29 is in solidarity with Occupy Portland who has turned its attention on ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) a non profit group made up of some of the largest profit making corporations.
Brooklynites question why not a flat out ban of cars rather than a reduced lane at last nights meeting about proposed changes to the Prospect Park traffic loop.
More from the NY Daily News:
We want a total ban on cars from Prospect Park, Brooklynites tell city.
Meeting considers redesign of traffic lanes.
By: Simone Weischselbaum
Published: February 28, 2012
(photo caption: Prospect Park Administrator Emily Lloyd at a meeting on the proposed redesign of park traffic lanes.Photo by: Anthony Lanzilote)
The city’s new plan to cut Prospect Park traffic doesn’t go far enough, lovers of the Brooklyn oasis complained Tuesday night — they want cars banned altogether.
At a public meeting, Prospect Park Administrator Emily Lloyd showed the crowd of about 150 pictures of a redesign set to come to the park in the spring. Rush hour traffic, now assigned to two lanes, will go down to one, creating extra space for cyclists and pedestrians.
But Brooklyn residents questioned why officials won’t ban motorists rather than cram cars into a 10-foot slice of pavement during the morning and evening commutes, the only time vehicles are allowed inside the park.