FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD PLACE, THESE GUYS WERE SOOOOOO FAR AHEAD OF EVERYONE ELSE, CONGRATS TO THEM AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO RACED, IT WAS AWESOME SEEING PEOPLE HAVING FUN AND BEING TIRED BUT HAVING A GREAT TIME.
So Monstertrack is the biggest, badest, most controversial alley-cat around,about 130 registered racers! it came and just as fast it’s gone, so what’s next on the agenda?
pulled this off the fixed.gr forum
3/14 Easy as Pi – Pi Day Alleycat - BOSTON!
3/14 NYC Fixed Gear Swap – Lakeside Lounge
3/20 Red Hook Criterium
3/20 – 3/21 Bench Minor Tournament (Bike Polo)
4/1 – Coney Island Velodrome exhibit – Old Stone House, Park Slope
5/15 – Reload’s April Fools Alley Cat – Philly, PA *
5/16 – Brooklyn Bike Jumble – Old Stone House, Park Slope
5/22 – 5/24 – ECMC Budapest European Cycle Messenger Championships
7/03 – Escape from New York
8/21 – Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2), Deerfield, MA (Reg | Details | Rapha ride report)
9/10 – 9/12 CMWC Guatemala
10/8 – 10/11 NACCC Atlanta
11/20 – Cranksgiving 12
So this is how it all went down.
* the only thing that went according to plan was friday. Why, we’ll there wasen’t that much to do but wait until Saturday. Saturday, the way it was supposed to be was after registration, we would mass ride to manhattan from brooklyn over the Williamsburg bridge car path. Of course there is a new law in NyC that says you can’t have more that 50 people at a time anytime, riding anywhere, and i had about 130 people registered . Whatever, a plan is a plan and we would give it a go. i had instructions on how to get to the first checkpoint where the first manifest would be printed out. i couldn’t tell anyone where that was since, nyc alley-cat riders would and do try to cheat,(thats just how it is in alley-cats,always is,always will be)and i gave half to jason from affinity with instructions. he was to start the race if the cops stopped us,and i would try and stall the cops,get a ticket if need be.A cop from NYPD 90 precincts reminded me that,potentially we could all get stopped.i figured the worst that can happen was me getting a ticket,like a couple of years ago when i got not one but two tickets,which i don’t even know where they are right now. Well we rode over the bridge and of course since no one listens or pays attention when you have a big crowd,everyone followed someone,and apparently,bumrushed jason for the instructions on how to get the first checkpoint. Well that would be the beginning of the a botched start.not much you can do. once the crowd starts, there is no way in hell you can stop over a hundred ppl once they get moving. the problem is i wasen’t sure if everyone knew where to go.as long as they followed each other to the first checkpoint,it was all good.but in hindsight, i should have just held on to the instructions and dealt with it,no matter whether the cops stopped me or not. but hey again,its an alleycat and shi*t like this happen. not good but thats the nature of the beast. so thats how the race started.
there were supposed to be 3 manifests. one up,one mid,one down.you were supposed to get number two at columbus circle.when ppl got there they got number 3,everybody got 3 instead of two . Thats was another botch job. didn’t affect the outcome of the race,the race just happened to be shorter than it would have been. people got manifest 3 and headed downtown. the first and fast pack stayed together for most of the race.
at the finish,well that was a controversey in its self.J.t was the first one there but he was never seen at attorney st checkpoint. Hugo was next but i already know his m.o, he claimed no one was at greenwich,when i had two ppl there.the only checkpoint person missin someone was massan,who was playing hookey instead of being at fulton st and water st. When that happens, everybody knows the deal you keep going. checkpoint people are volunteers ,who know maybe he wanted to take a leak,or a dump or whatever. Next came the first fast pack of austin,alfred,and dominican crihs not too far behind.austin was leading,and while walking to me,the finish,alfred ran and slapped his manifest on my hand. Felipe came in what we now know was 4th place. Everybody just started yelling and screaming. Hopefully the video can be posted somewhere. Jt was heated, austin threatened a boycott(not sure how you boycott an alley-cat) Alfred got in my face. its what you call in the heat of the moment.thats why riding an alley-cat in nyc is serious sh*t. people give ll they have ,ride harder than anyone. its fucking dangerous. you race and don’t get paid sh*t.its racing for the glory and so the finish is the most important part of an alley-cat. and when its a close finish after not to much went according to plan,then it gets very heated. and as organizer, well my word becomes final,and thats how you deal with it. i offered $500 for a sprint off. Felipe Hugo and Crihs and J.T who was looking for redemption,squared off. j.t won, but the winner of the main race was already decided. no one got hurt,or lost,which was a big plus. and i saw a whole load of cameras so we’ll start posting pictures. still have a sh*t load of manifest to go over.
Controversy was , who won
went to the video tape on a close finish,and declared Alfred as winner
So the time has come, again, for a beautiful,chaotic,sometimes disorganized,but yet a super great time of the year. Bikes will be ridden, friendships will be made, friendships will be rekindled, and a great time will be had by all. And isn’t it what all this is all about.Events like this are made possible by the generosity of sponsors. It takes more than one but all are equally important. Most are one-man or small operations, and most of what’s given is made by what i like to call love. Something to keep in mind when you happen to end up with a bag, hip pouch,t shirt,bike frame, or accessories that one received as a prize.Someone , somewhere ,took an effort to make it,and also make it happen, and in turn we owe them,if anything, respect for their support.After its all said and done, we would,again, like to thanks the following for coming through and making all this possible,(in no particular order).
Affinity,R.E.Load,Bishop Bikes,Chrome,Square Built, Fyxation, Chari & Co, Volume Bikes, Archive Bags sf, Swerv cycling apparel store,Vittoria, M.E.R. Bags, Mission Workshop Bags, Hold Fast, Keirin Berlin,Timbuk2 bags, Laekhouse, City Bikes NYC,King Kog, Outlier,Grime Street, Fast Eddie Williams,Takahiro Kudo KU Jewelry,
This is what you call going above and beyond the call of duty. See you on March 6th,and lets have a blast!
All the way from Boston, getting 3 of these bottle koozies. For 1st male, 1st female, and 1st out-of-town. saw them at Bostons Pony up race this past weekend.
He’ll have other designs for sale this weekend, so keep an eye out.
holla at him at
Dirty Finger (Black Label)
C.lo (Bikes In The Kitchen)
KnifeFight: Button Collection Launch Party
@ 238 Mulberry St. (btwn Spring and Prince)
Friday, March 5th
66 Greenpoint St.
Fully Fitted endorses yet another Friday night at the venerable Coco 66 in Greenpoint BK.
Residents XXXchange and Ghostdad.
SPECIAL GUST ANNOUNCED FOR FRIDAY DJ DIRTYFINGER!
!!SUPER THRASH RAGE SUPER PARTY!!
FOLLOWED BY !!DANCE ATTACK!! W/
DJ DIRTYFINGER in between and till the end.
RATS IN THE WALL
FREE W/spoke card.
$5 with flyer (you can print it) $10 without.
$5 for ladies all night.
GALLERY BAR, Monday March 8
Superfresh set by GORDON GARTRELL (DirtyNerdy) + REV. MCFLY (Ninjasonik) + DIRTYFINGER (Black Label)
NO COVER, 10 till, $2 Beers from 11-12
120 Orchard St. in the L.E.S.
“Feelin’ the strength of the RUMP!…..”
Monster Track, NYC, 26 Feb 00
take your brakes and shove em’ up your ass…
Feb 26th, Start: Tompkins Sq.
225 Lafayette, 250 Hudson, 18th/2nd Ave., 601 W 26th St., 59th/11th Ave
Finish! 306 E 93rd St.
2. Jared (w/ helmetcam…)
3. Amy (you guys better watch out…)
7. Chris Bishop (Marathon Express, Baltimore)
9. Mike Dee (3 days on a track-bike)
they were about 30 racers… and 3 accidents, the cops showed up, cause Scott was setting himself on fire… “I’m an artist, I do that all the time…” afterrace party at the c-squad w/ some punk…
YOU could win this bag!!
Custom Messenger Bags
Made in USA
DQM is going to kick in some sweet a$$ accessories
From freshness magazine
Photos by: J. Martinez
Since its inception 5 years ago, Dave’s Quality Meat (DQM) has undoubtedly changed the concept of sneaker boutique. In the process of doing so, it brought a fresh take on design and brand themes, like itsbacon-inspired Air Max 90. In celebration of its 5th anniversary, the local hang out at East Village underwent an interior overhaul. The counter top is allocated to the side, with additional product display points. A new centerpiece was added as well – a L-shape seating station. To retain much of the “butcher shop” theme, both new counter top and seating station were crafted in the form checker style carving boards. If you are in New York next time, drop by and see the store the in person. Congratulation to Dave and DQM family!
Dave’s Quality Meat
7 East 3rd Street | Map
New York, NY 10003
TEL #: 212-505-7551
With this shit right around the corner, the only question being slurred around town is ” YOU RACING?” amognst other things, ha. with all the gloating and bickering, theres been alot of people are wondering who the fuck is taking it?! on paper Jt’ taking the lead, but will he live up to the expectations? or will Crihs take it for the 2nd year in a row?…..the questions go on forever perhaps an outter towner will take all?! ouch. NYC, can’t let that happen. ohhhh but the anticipation builds as the day gets closer. can’t hardly wait for the results…oh and the handle bar race should be a sight. HELMETS highly advised for the rider and the handle bar -uh sitter? rider? huh?…yeah….unless your a complete pro at it (freddy) ahah… nontheless safe than sorry . and nobody likes to be sorry…or have their face on the pavement ;p as far as the winner Iam rooting for
” THE JAKE”- yes THE jake….
Takahiro Kudo makes hand made, bike related jewelry. He’ll have some of his artwork at Monstertrack, and also a couple of pieces to give out. Again , we’re getting alot of support from grassroots, DYI, small shop type operations,and in turn we owe it to them to check out their pieces. Hand made = made with love ! Thanks Takahiro see you at MonsterTrack !
please check his website.
Thanks Takahiro Kudo ! see you at Monstertrack
THe guys(actually,guy) from archive was generous enough to send some hip pouches for MonsterTrack, god knows i need a fu*kin tool /pouch, I’m always misplacing my allen key and all my tire levers,and patchkits are scattered in my mess bag. Hopefully this can alleviate the problem. Now if they (he)can just fix my hangover problem……,but I guess that would be asking too much.
…from the Archive website
Archive Bags is a one man operation out of San Francisco, CA. I have been making handmade cycling bags and accessories since 2008. Archive prides itself on being locally designed with each bag being made-to-order. Archive is about functionality and minimal design. The bags are useful, first and foremost, and work in the way you need them to work.
+ Check the Shop page for products currently in stock.
by the way his name is Victor too!
Thanks to the urban cycling apparel guys at swrve, someone’s going to be a happy camper! MonsterTrack ,track bike alleycat race in NYC will be swervin’ with SWRVE on March 6. Cause god knows you can’t be stuck biking in a spandex all day,or on your day off,now can you?