Track is back! This past Saturday saw the return of the annual track series called 6Days at Kissena, thrown by Jason G. owner of Affinity cycles and Host Title by Lucarelli and Castaldi. It was really great to see everyone back in skinsuits and on track bikes. Seeing the Zwift videos on ig were beginning to bore me. The program for the day was short and simple a bunch of scratch races to start the 1st day.
It was a cold, mostly cloudy day with a bit of wind to contend with. First up on the program for myself (Jason) and the rest of the 1,2,3 field was a 6 lap scratch. It was fun getting the legs going on the track again and everyone’s adrenaline was pumping. A lot of attacks happened early in the race but none stuck. I stood patient in the pack and waited for the bell lap to make my move. I was fortunate enough to take 1st.
From there we had a 5 lap scratch. Those who know me know it takes me sometime to pick up my speed so quick and short is not to my advantage. Especially with the spinners we have in the pro field at Kissena. Again I stood in the pack till the bell lap but this time found myself boxed in. I came away with 5th.
The last race was the best and most fun I have had racing with C6Racing. Lester, Shawn and I planned to surprise the field with two to go and make our break. Describing it would not do the justice and watching so here is the video:
We were told that it was some of the best team work every at kissena and we were damn proud! It was great to be back with my mates and back to competing. We were able to hold off the break and get 1,2,&3 respectively. What a proud moment!
Finally I was able to make the A feature which was a 16 lap points race. At this point everyone was on lactic legs and depleted, but I felt like I had just a lil more in the tank. It started fast right from the whistle and I let the field take the first bell lap. From there a breakaway consisting of Jeff (Pink Rhino), Parker (H&H) and myself formed. Now it was just us three left to battle out.
Again I was lucky to take the final 3 bell laps. That gave me 1st place in the Main Feature as well as 1st place overall for the day and series.
Thank you to miki who provided the video and some of the photos. Day 2 recap on the way!
The Tracklocross Nationals series kicked off yesterday and that shit was a blast! A bandit cross race being held in multiple cities around the country on the same day, followed by an actual championship race out in Minneapolis. Shout outs to the homies Resistance Racing out in the Bay Area (Yeeeee, I see you Jean) & Cobra Racing over in Portland!
James Macay is organizing/hosting the NYC series, and killing it thus far!
The flyer said 12PM start time pero we all know that means 2-2:30 in bike time. I arrived at twelve on the dot to find James and Mario finishing up the course markers. We had a lil nor’easter earlier in the week so you already know the conditions were PRIME for CX racing. The course was .74 miles of work multiplied by 5 laps. Literally 3.7 miles of brakeless, fixed, heckled, muddied, tracklocross manuvery. Yeah, I said it, manuvery.
We had a bunch of heavy hitters pull up and run the gauntlet. (Snowballs included) Fixed Gear Cyclocross World Champion, Corey the Courier came through fresh off the Biking Man Oman race. Bruh, you already know the competition was stacked! I’ll never forget the first time I went riding out at Cunningham park Corey, he pulled up on a fixed gear with no brakes. I’d heard of people riding fixed off road but had yet to see it, and here he was killing it. So I already knew this was going to be a legit battle if I wanted get anywhere in near the podium. My man Corey straight up told James he wasn’t going to wear a number because he’s the world champion. (He wore stripes)
Right before the race started James announced that Track or Die NYC would be flying the winner of the series out to Minneapolis for the finals. Stakes is high y’all. James gave us our final instructions and then hit us with the super casual-monotone, “You can start now.”
Quick le mans start and just like that, the race was underway. I’ve always been pretty quick on my feet and was out front with John and Ryan from Bad Luck Racing when we got to our bikes. I went for the cross mount and had a false start! I completely kicked the back of my bike and had to run it off for a second attempt. It was really bad, borderline embarrassing. In the video Lalo shot you can hear me say, “ohhh motha funker.”
Video by Lalo Reynoso
Second times a charm though. Approaching the first turn I opted for the wide line around the tree. I think I was the only one because you had to hop a curb into a section of grass covered in snow. From that point on I knew I just had to ride my ride and stick to my lines. Some of the log features were super hard to manuver, muddy root sections made for sketchy climbs and troublesome chicanes. After about the second or third lap, I stopped looking back. All the encouragement from the lively spectators kept me in the zone and I knew it was in the bag. Put my head down and kept working.
When I first started racing I think I was afraid to push myself. I felt like I needed to race with the pack and shoot for some kind of sprint finish? I don’t remember what I was thinking. Now I know that it’s okay to burn a couple matches to separate yourself and from the group and keep it moving. It’s cross, what, are they going to work together and catch you? Cross is a different animal. Handling and conditioning are everything. If you have both, you numero uno. I kept at it till the end and was fortunate enough to come away with the W.
Video by Lalo Reynoso
I’ve been playing this all by ear but I’m going to make an effort to hit up the whole series. I can’t overstate how dope this event is, come hang if you’re around! Check out www.TrackXNationals.com for dates and news in your city!
Post Race Ride
Spring has sprung and the people were out. After the race a big group of us rode over to Cunningham were things got a little out of hand. So many people sent it! Super fun to hang out and crush some beers in the woods while folks were getting LOOSE.
Never underestimate the power of family. My family back home in Gilroy has been going through a lot lately. While I was out there racing all I could think about is how strong my Mother an Sister have been through all of this. I’m dedicating this series to them, the real MVP’s. The people who made me who I am today by never letting me give up.
Yoooo it’s Gabe_Electronica, what’s goodington? Don’t answer that I can’t hear you. So let’s get to why I’m actually sitting here writing some shit. SEASON FUCKING 3 MY G!!!!! I’m hype as fuck I hope ya hype as fuck lol. Nah really it was nice to have that month off, but I’m really glad to be back. I missed the bowling and the immense shit talking that goes on at every podcast lol. And of course I missed working with my two brothers Cisco and Jason. So to start off we brought on Cordell (STAY ALIVE) to be our first guest for the third season. I’m not gonna get into detail about that cause you gotta listen to that shit on the podcast. Let’s just say there was a lot to talk about and it was a good one. Definitely go fuck with it when you get a chance. All in all I’m glad we made it to another season and I hope ya ready. We gonna have some dope guests and a lot of shit to talk about this year. Season 3 or the Trifecta as I like to call it has begun and is in motion. Stay tuned and stay true. And if you fucks with the vision, we fucks with you.
With the start of February came the start of Not So Friendly Laps hosted by Corey the Courier. If you dont know what NSFL is then you are clearly missing out. Its a unsanctioned race that takes place in Prospect and Central parks. Unfortunately we have yet to race in central park 🤔. Brooklynites not willing to travel I guess. Every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of February you can catch some of New Yorks best and realist cyclists racing it out in the frigid cold.
This Past Thursday we had the third installment of the series. I was on a mission. It was below freezing outside the park which only means its way colder in the park. 920pm rolled around and racers take the line. I was especially hyped when I saw two of my rivals pull up.
Corey said GO and they were off. First lap had Dazie Holt Jacksonville native pulling the entire field. Once the blood and legs started flowing constant lead changes were happening. I threw an early attack and was able to break away from the field. A minute into the break, I was caught by the hard working trio of Doug, a cop, and Vincent. I was displeased with this, started to work with them in attempts to catch them sleeping again.
On the third lap I time a perfect attack on the climb in Prospect Park. Not looking back once, I was able to build another gap but this time only Vince was able to catch a wheel. Vince and I started taking turns pulling and increased the gap with every lap. Lap 4 15sec gap, lap 5 30 second, lap 6 50sec, it didnt seem like that gap was big enough. Coming into the downhill I asked Tijon and Kenji how big the gap was? They yell back ya already won! This was not enough for me as I started sprinting. The race was now only between Vince and me.
Coming into the final lap Vince went for the Prime which left a slight opening. Knowing Vince would have to recover after the Prime, this was the opportunity to seize the race. I launched another attack and was gone!
Congrats to Vince and Doug for podium as well as happy birthday to Doug.
What’s really good peeps of the culture! Yesterday we at Cat 6 Chismes hosted the 2nd annual DeadEnd Alleycat. What a perfect day Mother Nature gave us here in NYC. The start took place once again by the bike entrance of the 59 bridge (Manhattan side). This year the crew did not play any games as it was a 2pm hard start. Gotta change the game if you know what we mean.
We had a great turn out as we had almost 30 people in attendance including those who raced, helped out with checkpoints and those there just to spectate and have fun with the chismosos. 2pm hit and Gabe sent them off. Racers in confusion went to Spokesman Cycles to get the manifest only no one was there. In what would have been a great April Fools prank, Jason was waiting with manifest at the Roosevelt Ferry. Racers finally saw and made contact with Jason and the race was officially underway.
Jason and Gabe planned the manifest together and made the checkpoints form a 6 in Manhattan. Racers dash and sprinted from Circles Lines down to lower Manhattan, back up to Harlem, and finally ended in El Barrios 113th and 2nd ave.
Photo from @hi8media
We had no idea when doing the manifest that the 2nd Women March would coincide with the date of the alleycat (shouts to all identifying women). This was mayhem for the racers as they had to cross the march twice.
We decided to hit the midway checkpoint to hangout and get a feel as to who were in contention. We get a call from Frank and Pedro who held down the LES checkpoint that Alex and James were 1 and 2 moving. As we get excited to see them arriving Jason checks the gram and see James upload a vid of him getting a flat. We are crushed to see young Macay get his second flat in back to back Deadend Alleycats. Come out next year, third time is the charm.
We see Alex pull up all a lone and with the ill lead on the rest of the pack. Routing and being lucky was the key to the victory. Alex is off for the second time to deal with the march.
The rest of the squad started heading to the finish to see when Alex will arrive. When Alex does show up he comes in with an incomplete manifest since his phone died before he could take the selfie at Riverbank State Park. Jason gave him the dreadful news of having to go back and take the selfie. Shouts to Tyler who lent his battery pack to an exhausted Alex and Alex was off again.
We start receiving news that more people are showing up to the check point before Riverbank. We start to wonder if Alex still has this in the bag. Minutes later we see Alex pulling up again this time with phone and photo in hand.
Alex is your Deadend Alleycat 2 champ. What an amazing day for the community and for those who participated. Super shouts to Chrome and Sun&Air/King Kog for hooking up the race with swag.
Photos by Freeagent Frank, Kyle Thompson, Jason, The Dropouts