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!

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

DeadEnd Alleycat 2

Welcome to the DEADend Alleycat

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

Jason Hot Line by Terry Barentsen

As many of you know I (jason) am a hypebeast for cycling videos. Ive gone down a pretty deep rabbit hole when it comes to it. Enough to say I think I have seen everything cycling video related since 2013. Anything you can think of I seen it from alleycats to documentaries.

Thanks to Cisco we got to have Terry Barentsen on the podcast and talk a little about cycling and what Terry is doing to keep our sub culture alive. Well after the interview Terry and I got together to shoot! This is what came out as I got to spend the day riding around with Terry from El Barrio to BK. Thanks so much and deff go subscribe to Terrys Youtube channel to stay up to date with the hottest street cycling!

BFC3 Black Friday Crit recap!

The third Black Friday Crit took place nov 24th. For the third straight year the race took place in Central Park! Meet up was at Naumburg Bandshell and race fee was $10 bucks! It was a chilly night which meant it would be even colder in the park. Registration started at 8:30pm with race start time set at 9:10pm. With everyone registered and the people in attendance picking spots to view the race it was time to line up.

Course Layout

As tradition goes gabe leads out everyone for a rolling start. As we come in from the warm up lap Gabe pulls off and the race begins! Andre is hot off the gun everyone is playing catch up now! This year the race was 12 laps so Dre deff tried to put a hurt on the field from the jump. Quickly during that first lap the race was determined for podium and honorable mention!

Playing cat and mouse for the first few laps Andre, Gio, Lalo, and I (Jason) were putting in a good effort. As the pace started to steady I felt this was my chance into the 5 lap to break from the group as Andre signals with his elbow that its my turn to take the lead of our peloton, I went. Head down legs burning I lit my match not taking one look back. If anyone was on my wheel they deserve it with the effort I just put. I take a peek under my left elbow no one.

7 laps later I come in crossing the finish line still a lone.

Jason 1st Lalo 2nd Gio 3rd

I want to thank everyone that came out. Especially Carla who didnt race but still donated. Big ups!!! Also to Francisco Borrero @terkpla

Who came out and covered the race. Here is his recap to BFC3

Photos by