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 !

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!

PNW Pt.1 – MFG Cross

MFG Cross Moves

As much as I love Nyc, sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city. That’s exactly what I did this last week while out in the PNW for the Chrome Industries managers meeting.

Listo
Packing game on point.

Every year the Chrome store managers from all over the country come together for the annual managers meeting. We had a rad schedule set up starting with a night in Seattle. I seen this as a great chance to reconnect with some of my homies who have relocated to the PNW. I flew into Seattle a couple of days early and scoped the race schedule. Upon realizing the MFG CX Series would be holding their Magnuson Park race while I was in town, I had to do it. So I packed up my single speed and signed myself up for some of the most competitive cyclocross racing in the country. Seriously, the northwest SSCX races are the “main event,” bruh.

Commuter/Race machine
Homies laundry room is fucking tight.

Off to the races!

Soul train.
Pinned

I got called up in the last row and lined up against 64 other races all rocking single speeds. During my one practice run, I rode the barriers perfect! Going into the race, I decided I wasn’t getting off my bike for the barriers on any lap. On the first lap, I cleared both but came landed the second one a little sketchy and unclipped during my landing. Regardless, super confident in riding the barriers. Made lots of moves in the first lap and got myself into a decent position. I’d say I was somewhere between 10th-15th which is great going into the second lap.

Landing the second barrier. Photo by Woodinville Bicycles
Gettem on the inside. Photo by Woodinville Bicycles

I figured if I could at least stay with the lead pack, I’d be able to pick a couple of racers off every time we got to the barriers. This would have been completely true had I not stacked the second barrier on my second lap!

Sheesh, went over the bars, lost my water bottle and to top it off my stem became crooked in the crash. So there I am trying to straighten my stem only to realize everyone is about to stomp on my water bottle which is laying in the dirt right after the second barrier. Fuck it, get your shit together and get back on the horse!

Photo by Woodinville Bicycles

That’s exactly what I did, but only after losing a ton of spots and about 30-40 seconds. My strategy with cx races is to remain steady while racing. Keep the legs moving at a consistent pace. if you can achieve this, by the time you get to the 30 minute mark, you’ll usually start picking people off pretty quick. Combine that mentality with the ability to ride barriers and I’m getting a bunch of those spots back.

Magnuson park is hella pretty

I did my best and rode the barriers flawlessly for the remainder of the race. Every time we got to the barrier section I would end up passing no less that two people. I remember one lap in particular, I passed 6 or 7 people on the stretch right after the barriers.

Tape and light

MFG @ Magnuson park was hella fun! Sheesh, so happy I brought my bike on this trip. I ended up finishing 22nd out of 65. Good enough for me, of course I could have done better but I’m not going to beat myself up over a little crash. Huge shout out to the homie Deemer for blessing my ride and hooking me up with the dope Seattle experience.

Thurfbort

Riding across Seattle with a stuffed Warsaw and a bike box aka wind sail on my back.

Downtown arrival

I’ll leave you with this, the cycling community in Seattle is thriving and extremely fun, don’t sleep fam. -Cisco

 

PS stay tuned for my recap of my time in Portland, shao!