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!
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!
Victor Martinez of Skid&Destroy decided to fly someone out to The Mission Crit. 3laps in Central park would decide who would get that flight!
Cordell the video genius he is, dropped this gem! Go check it out!
A small edit of us on the way from the city to the podcast
I had the chance to catch up with Clyde on our way to work
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Our second Superbowl Sunday Doughnuts and Dumplings ride was held last Sunday. Thanks to all that came and braved the rain and cold temps to get good food and great miles.
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.
Dazie Carla and Dana
Thanks for reading!
Jason aka Buckets