Do many of you guys participate in alley cat races? If you do, please feel free to share your experiences with these so called “bicycle messenger races,” and be verbose, your one line answers are not distracting enough at work/school (I would like to point out that I am not, in fact, at school or work right now making this post).
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I have done ok racing on the track and on the tarck. It’s fun as shit and i would like to do more, so I’m thinking in a very noncommittal way about getting a proper track racing bike and/ or getting a lighter cross wheelset for my crosscheck.
I did one yesterday that was pretty friggin’ sweet. Almost 45 miles (43.8) with a LOT of climbing. 54 racers started, 30-something finished. I got 16th, and I honestly believe a few of the “finishers” ahead of me spent a little time with their bikes on bus racks. Not that I can’t be beat, I was actually going pretty slow, but you know how when you look at these little twerpy kids (who’ve never even shown up at a race) and just know there is no fucking way. My goal was to finish, and I did so I’m good. It was awesome though.
Sounds like a blast, a 45mi race would kill me though, holy crap.
Edit: Getting the route from stop to stop down correctly is worth more than just going real fast, I always mess up my route though so I try to go fast instead. I would feel pretty damn lame riding a bus during a race, unless I got multiple flats and didn’t have spares.
Yeah, I just asked for water and mixed them so I could knock the shots back fast.
The Bikes and Rec crew is really upping the ante in the prize/after-party category.
I had a great route for hustle and grind, and was doing pretty well yesterday until I forgot to check if it was west or east Boise ave for the finish.
It was only the first stop that burned, all the others I got some ice tossed in. I was doing really well in the hustle race until the 2nd to last stop, went to the far side of the grove for some retard reason, got passed by two guys.
Yesterday though, I was hauling some serious ass with a couple other guys, but we fucked up and didn’t realize lucky 13 was past barber park, so we lost a lot of time backtracking after that screw up. I’m hoping there’s gonna be another race before the halloween one.