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!
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.
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.
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
Yerrrrrr, yesterday was race day here in Queens, New York thanks to Keith Garrison as well as King Kog/Sun&Air. I’ve only raced a handful of CX races over the past couple of years, but from what I understand there hasn’t been cross racing in the city since Hurricane Sandy. Yo, that sucks b. When I think of sports and their accessibility it always makes me shed a single thug tear. In order for folks to develop their skills they need to be provided with facilities that accommodate their goals. Cyclocross is easily my favorite kind of cycling at this stage in my life, but I’ve always been a BMX’er. Part of riding bmx when I was growing up was recognizing the limits of your locale. Not having a car meant you couldn’t develop outside of your immediate city or town. To be a cylocross rider in NYC means virtually the same thing. Not having a car severely reduces your odds of racing should you live in NYC. Now of course I know about the one or two races a year you can take the bus to, but the only problem is when you’re a beginner like myself, your race is often the first of the day. Talk about a rough start! So to get back on track, no cx in the city since Sandy, along comes local bad ass, Keith Garrison, who I’m pretty sure worked with Austin Horse on the inaugural Rainey Park race last year on New Years Eve. I’ll never forget it, I was on the island of Coron out in the Philippines when it all went down. Enough about last year, I know why you’re here.
Yo I love the race predictor! If this is how we determine call ups, I’m with the shits. After yesterday I only need one more CX race and I can voluntarily move to the 4’s. I actually applied for an upgrade prior to this race because I wanted to race both single speed and a standard category. Since I’ve only done 2 races there’s no way they would upgrade me. This meant I’d be racing a 40 minute race at 9:30 with the single speed group and a 30 minute race with the category 5 group at 10:15. I wanted to race the ss because I knew I’d be in there with guys who race on the pro level, but I wanted to race wit the 5’s so I could have a chance of getting on the podium. Well, I got everything I asked for. And the muthafuckin’ race predictor got both races right. I’m starting to think there’s some brujeria going on over there.
As I mentioned the single speed race was set to begin at 9:30AM. I linked up with Young Pedro around 8AM and we rode over to Sal, Chris & Charlie’s in Astoria for that good jelly & cream cheese roll n a coffee. When we got to the park the course was already taped off and a couple of brave souls were having at the frozen snow covered path. Totally manageable but surprisingly difficult. Regardless, by the time 9:30 rolled around there was a clear line. The defined line was 18″ wide max, meaning any sort off passing was going to be done out in the unforgiving snow. What a game of tactics, I always forget about the casual contact in cross racing, especially during the beginning of the race. When you don’t expect it you might feel like you got the puck in a game of hockey. All things aside, I knew I was in a race with some savages. I stayed in the top three for the first two laps then slowly fell off. I was kind of over dressed but I refused to wear less clothes in that kind of cold. The barriers were right after a quick u-turn and insanely difficult to ride. I don’t know if anyone else tried or succeeded in riding them but it wasn’t happening for me. I rolled the dice on maybe the second lap and tried to ride them. I made it over the first successfully but had to stop and dismount before the second. The section on the backside was a true test; after the barriers there were two off camber climbs, followed by a stair climb, then a gnarly curb at the bottom of a decent which led you into a long climb with Belgian barriers. Sheeeeeesh, that shit was tiring bruh! Long story long, race predictor was correct, I took 6th place.
I had big hopes for this race to say the least. Everyone likes to put on for they squad. I know that my team went super hard at Kissena this season and did they thing so I just wanted to do right by them and their efforts. Before the decision to split the 4/5 field into two separate races, I was on the waitlist for that race and registered for the single speed. Knowing I was going to be racing this race, I think I held back in the SS a little. Not like that would have changed the result, but it made the SS a warm up for the 5 race, n boy was I warm. Came out of the prologue in the 2 position and never looked back. By the time we got to the back end of the course I was already in a fluid rhythm with the course. I knew how fast to take certain turns and where to conserve energy. As soon as we made that first left and started the climb towards the Belgain barriers, I knew that was my feasting ground and I was going to eat up all the seconds right there. I finessed those barriers so clean spectators started calling me a sandbagger.
Dude, thanks for the compliment! Honestly, I think that’s beautiful, someone thinks so highly of you they believe you should be in a higher category than you are. As I mentioned, I applied for an upgrade before the race and was declined because I’ve only raced twice prior to Sunday. So there I was, way off the front and relentlessly pushing myself to see what I was made of. I got some great advice from my teammate Gio, “Give a hundred two times… Show Cisco what Cisco’s made of.”
It’s amazing what the human body is capable of. In the single speed race all the homies and my teammates were cheering me on but in the 5 race, the sideline was pretty silent, I guess they didn’t think I needed any help with that one, haha. I ended up finishing with a 55 second gap.
By the last two laps I was the guy lapping people getting the wave by from other competitors. That shit felt amazing, you know, hard work and focus paying off. Shouts to the race predictor for holding me down yet again.
Much love to the lil homie Young Pedro for racing the SS race as well as winning the junior race! Mans never raced cross and did two races back to back on a Brooklyn Machine Works, running long reach road calipers. Keep your eyes on the next generation people.
Which brings me to my final note, do it for the kids y’all. I hope more kids like Pedro become involved in racing and more racing is organized in metropolitan areas like New York City. The more we get these kids outside and connected the better communities we’ll build. If you don’t take the time to teach them something good, someone will take the time to teach them something bad. Each one teach one, let’s build!