FLOYD MAY THE 3RD

Yerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr its ya boiii my first time doing one of these wasn’t expecting it so soon[or at all]. Season started off a bit rocky but… HERE I AM. iight so May 2nd is Kissena Twilight Series which is track racing and I was feeling GREAT.

SO GREAT I GOT 1ST PLACE IN THE OMNIUM.

Podium lol; Me, Dan Spellman & Ben Noble ! Photo by Robert Lai !

BUT IM HERE TO TALK ABOUT ROAD SO…

Tres de Mayo, May the 3rd.

Floyd Bennett Thursday Night Series Sponsored by H+H Racing. First time i raced here was early April I got SPAT 2 laps in a move went and there were a good number of people in there i was off the back of the pack and issa windy course so blah…. But I’m digressing.

iight so BOOM. We line up for the race, I just got a bottle of water from Mr. Taylor (much thanks) a star track coach, we line up with the Mens 4/5  and older Juniors, they were deeeeep. I got some people I know from the racing scene near me yung Anthony, Babalola, Jimmy and Anton. Race goes off pretty uneventful an okay pace nothing too fast a bit slow for some but i felt good i was maybe mid pack, we hit the turn and its a bit windy so the pace slows further then the next turn i belive some guys go out front and they get some distance nothing crazy tho, im technically solo and i know this course can easilyyyyy spit me out so i’m chillin tryna conserve energy and all that smart shit so im chilling the pack tryna sit in and eat as little wind as possible, we get to the home stretch which is WAYYYYYY longer than it seems im somehow in the front and and I end up chasing in a tailwind so im doing 35+ not forced like just geared down and spinning it up theres a group of maybe 5 in the front a couple of strong dudes so i guess i was motivated to chase if not to bring it back to hop on and work if my legs let me. So im chasing at this point kinda solo but theres people behind me in like a line but not really drafting so as im about to catch the front group near the first turn i feel myself burning out so i move to the right and luckily the pack followed me in the tailwind and rev’d it up so they catch the front group in the turn, im swarmed by like 40 or so dudes i struggle a bit t get on the back and just recover luckily i did the work before the headwind section and the pack slows which is great for me I manage to latch on the back and “chill” , so as we get into turn 2 i realize theres a slight cross wind as well so i click it up and get to spinning which i excel at i notice a couple dudes i know are strong i see the Verazzano guys at the front or near the front controlling the pace, one of my original goals at the start was to get on the verazzano train and stick with them they’re all strong and they have biggest team presence besides the cuevas junior team, aiight so back to the race. Everytime we hit turn 4 into the finishing straight the pack sped up INSANELY im not used to surging like that, it went from 19-23 ish in the headwind to 35+ EVERYTIME but by this point i know i just have to stick on long enough for the pack to slow it down soon as we hit the turn so a bit before turn theres like this section filllllled with pebbles and i guarantee you them shits hurt like hell you can hear the clanking of the pebbles hitting carbon wheels and frames and people lmao. So we hit the turn and i take it on the inside so im like guarded against the winds. I was a bit nervous to be not only near the back of the pack i have roadbikephobia  which is the fear of someone in front of me braking and taking me out so being near the back and on the inside didnt help this at all, but there i was at that point i had no choice but to get comfortable with riding in a pack so that I did.

So 20 minutes into the race (i looked at my garmin) i stopped feeling like i was dying but i also thought damn only 20 minutes??? Little did i know we only had 18 minutes left the rest is pretty routine I stayed pretty safe in the pack i drafted move up positions off the outside busted some bunnyhops over HORRIBLE FLOYD BENNETT CONCRETE….

Fast forward to the last lap bell goes off the pack is mostly together im not sure what was happening upfront but i felt really good i could feel myself getting antsy but i calmed it down im inside and midpack into turn 1 and turn 2 theres not too much shuffling fromt what i can remember it got a bit sketchy at turn 3 i barely got in on the inside theres this huge orange barricade i had to brake a bit nothing crazy tho. So were on the straigh before the final turn and i realize the pack slows the slightest bit its windy but not enough for them to slow down so im on the inside but theres more road to my right so i move over click it down twice and i go for it full effort

IM OFF THE F*CKING FRONT I DONT LOOK BACK OR ANYTHING I HAMMER THAT SHIT TAKE THE TURN ON THE INSIDE I WAS SOOOOOOOOO SCARED THAT ID SLIP OUT AND MESS EVERYONES RACE UP BUT I DONT SO IM ON THE FINAL STRAIGHT STILL NO ONE AHEAD OF ME AT THIS POINT MY LEGS TAKE OVER AND I STOP THINKING AND CHANNEL THE GOLDSPRINT MENTALITY INTO MYSELF SPIN TIL YOU WIN  SO IM SPINNING THIS SHIT FULLLLLL GAS AND I SLOWLY START DYING THEN ANOTHER DUDE THAT I SAW OFF THE BACK EARLIER IN THE RACE GETS INFRONT OF ME, LIKE A SPLIT SECOND DECISION I GET UP OUT THE SADDLE AND HOP ON THE DRAFT TRAIN AT THIS POINT I DONT THINK IM BREATHING JUST PUSHING THE PEDALS WITH WILL POWER SO IM GETTING PULLED BUT STILL HAMMERING AND WE NEAR THE LINE AND ANOTHER DUDE GETS ME BY LIKE A WHEEL SO I GET 3RD

A GLORIOUS 3RD THO. FIRST TIME FINISHING A ROAD RACE WITH THE PACK AND I F*CKING PODIUMED !!

SLO MO VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5IcKR1FWhc&feature=youtu.be

C6 RACING BABY

AveGawd OUT !

Lucarelli and Castaldi 6 Days of Kissena race recap Day 1

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!

Tracklocross Nationals 2018 Race #1 NYC

Tracklocross Nationals

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!

Switched up my commuter for race day. Photo by Cesar Macay

Kissena Park

James Macay is organizing/hosting the NYC series, and killing it thus far!

The man with the plan, beer in hand.

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.

Joe is an absolute beast on 23c’s and bullhorns.
Lucky number (C)6

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)

Let’s GO!

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.

This log was fucked. Super high on one side and angled in a way that made it a sketchier hop. Photo by Cesar Macay

Git’er Done!

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

This tape almost took me out after that last climb! Photo by Cesar Macay
2nd Ryan, 1st Me, 3rd Corey Photo by Cesar Macay

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!

Shouts to Sam for the Modelo hand up. Screen Grab from Pedro Zumba Video

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.

Crew deep out to Cunningham Park

Shout outs

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.

Much love to all my brothers on C6Racing, thank you for ripping my legs off on those training rides, love ya! All of our sponsors, The Gutter Bar LIC, Engine11, Rudy Project, Bonx, LIC Beer Project, XX2I, Primal Kitchen and Bicycle Habitat.

Much love to LIC Beer Project for helping get those calories back after the race.

That’s all I got, see ya at the next race!

Huge shout out to Kym for being the only Woman to pull up to race #1 of the NYC Tracklocross Championship Series. Beast Mode Gang Photo by Cesar Macay

PEACE!

The Trifecta (Season 3)

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.

Cordell (STAYALIVE)photo taken by @FREEAGENTFRANK

NSFL LATE WINTER EDITION

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.

Womens podium

Dazie Carla and Dana

Thanks for reading!

Jason aka Buckets