Wards Island Circuit Trac3 race1

Sup peeps, what better way to spend a Saturday morning than racing bikes? Even better, racing bikes less a mile away from where you grew up. Thanks to Distraction Circus and Verrazano I and several fixed gear heads were able to take part on the first ever official Wards Island Fixed Gear Criterium. The determined duo of Wade and Alex Koch were able to get race permits, race officials, and even a motor pacer.

You couldn’t ask for a better back drop than Manhattan’s skyline. The race was 50 minutes long with a 10:15am start time. It was a bright sunny day with a bit of a headwind. The course was amazing as it was a good mix of speed and technical turns. Oh did I forget to mention the occasional sand pit and huge rock decor setting as a barrier to protect the grass. .

The race started with a pace/rolling start. Teammate Shawn F. decided to put a hurt on the field with an early 25mph average. Shawn strung out the field in the first two laps as people struggled to make bridges and regain a reasonable peloton. Two laps in, the field recovered and we now had 7-8 riders.

I decided to break early to test the field and see if anyone would respond. Shawn was pulling the field at 23mph when I made my move and brought his pace up to 27/28mph. Mike told Avery to bridge up to me but unfortunately Avery over cooked a turn (I did this myself in the final turn) and went into the grass. This forced Shawn to speed up even more. The pack responded and caught me a lap later.

Now back in the pack, I stay towards the front to see if anyone was going to counter attack. As I suspected, many counters were tried including some from myself. None of these had any serious break away potential with the headwind that morning. Conrad made a valiant effort as he put in some work for two laps which set up D. Spellman to counter and try to gap. Matt had none of this as he chased these down.

With the field back in a lull I decided to break again this time bringing Shawn with me. I burned a few matches trying to work for Shawn but unfortunately we were caught 2 laps into that break. We didn’t have a good rotation going. Field reassembled again and we had a good pace.

Matt decided to break heading into a straight that had hella headwind. Great time to go because if you didn’t want to work or you were tired from the headwind you were not going to catch his break. I decided to go and brought Spellman with me. The rest of the race Matt and I put in efforts to make sure we held podium.

Heading into the last lap I felt super strong. It didnt matter that I had dead legs from winning NSFL Summer Series the night before. Matt took the lead I held second wheel and Spellman held 3rd wheel. Heading into the last turn I held too much speed and overcooked the turn. There was a random guy that got on to the course but I dont want to blame him or take away from Matts and Spellmans sprints at the end. Even though I didnt get the results I wanted, I was happy to share the podium with those that gave it that extra to chase me around. It was a great day for fixed gear crits in NYC. Special thanks again to all those involved and to those that support. See you 8/11 for the next one 💪🏽

All photos cred to Petra (Mikes partner) and Verrazano Bikes

Videos by Avery and Shawn

https://youtu.be/JIJT5-S5RZg

BFF Presents Stars & Watercarriers

It was a muggy New York City night, and people were quickly filling every inch of a small church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It was a sold out show with every seat occupied by the time the lights began to dim. BFF Founder and Organizer, Brendt Barbur was dressed in all white while fulfilling his duties as host, ensuring everyone felt welcome. Mandy was the first person I recognized walking into the church. For those that don’t know, Mandy is one of the driving forces behind the Bicycle Film Festival, like a pro she told me she is the first to arrive and the last to leave.

As I looked around more familiar faces started to appear. Shoutout to Crihs, James, Brean, Ashley, and the great Karen Overton. Short claimer I Jason owe everything I have done so far in the bike community to Karen and Ramelle Anderson at Recycle A Bike. Five years ago I walked into the shop in Queens with a women’s Peugeot road frame and was laughed at in a good way when I told them I wanted to turn it into a track bike. (Check out Cat6chismes podcast Jason and Gabe for more of this story)

It was show time as the Pace Brothers from the band, Blonde Redhead started to play. This was the third in a trilogy of Jorgen Leth films the brothers have re-scored for the festival. STARS AND WATERCARRIERS chronicles the 1973 Giro d’Italia. (Tour of Italy) http://cat6chismes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/img_2164.mov

This was my first time ever watching a live band provide the soundtrack to a film. What an experience, the band definitely set the tone and the movie gave you the visual pleasure. It was really cool to see these men from back in the day race on what would be entry level parts for us today. Wool jerseys, friction shifters, caged pedals, and not to mention no carbon at all.

This was definitely one of my favorite cycling events I have ever attended and can only thank the wonderful people involved at BFF. You have another chance to catch it tonight. Head over to 129 Russell street at 8pm and tell them Cat6 sent you!

New Team Kit Day

The 2018 C6 Racing kit made it’s debut last night at Kissena’s Twilight Series. Dawgs, let me tell you, the boys not only looked sleek, they were also fast thanks to Champion System and some powerful legs. The new kits were definitely a fan favorite at the track yesterday as there was no shortage of compliments! Thank you, the support feels just as amazing as the new kits do!

It was a team outing as Jason and Lester were able to help Avery gain valuable points and experience. It’s extremely exciting for us to see our young gun join the ranks of the pro field at Kissena. With State Championships this weekend, look out for a strong presence from us! C6 Racing is more than a club, and more than a team, we are FAMILY!

All Photos courtesy of Robert Lai and Mikki Moone

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!