MO 2014 State Track Time Trials

The first MO State Track Championships happened on 5/24. Here are some shots from the race taken by Ernesto Pacheco.

Respect The Cat

 

There is a strong history to Alleycat racing. I most definitely wasn’t aware of the roots when I threw my first race three years ago. For me it was just a really cool race structure (or lack of) that I thought St. Louis’ urban cyclists would appreciate.

A lot of alley cat races are popping up around the country. Some are run by large beer and energy drink companies or other corporations who want to sell product using a checkpoint scavenger hunt. These races aren’t run by messengers nor are they put on for the benefit of the messenger community. Is it wrong to call this an alleycat? I guess that depends on who you ask.

I attended the CMWC‘s a few years ago in Chicago. There’s no doubt that I felt like an outsider. I had a great admiration toward these guys and girls. They were crusty, tattered, drunk, but fast as hell and could react in a split second. I was just a fixie foo who was drawn to the whole culture.

I, with the help of a few SpokedSTL dudes, launched Spoked Couriers on January 1st. When I made the decision to give it a go, I reached out to TCB Courier. They are no doubt the largest and hardest working courier service in North America running over 400 dels a day. During my first phone conversations with Trevor from TCB he tole me, “Your never going to make money. If that’s you motivation, give it up now.”

My messenger experience isn’t notable. I do spend more time in the saddle on a daily basis than most, but that doesn’t make anyone a messenger. My goal is to make enough money with my bike to pay my bills. I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone – except myself.

-Matt “wrangler” Hartman

Goldsprints Are Out of the Closet

NPR did a published a story today about goldsprints. SpokedSTL has been doing these stationary bike races few years now. Recently they have been taking place at A&M Bicycles about once a month. We’ll be announcing them here and on our FB Page as they pop up.

 

Hills!

Death By Hills is this Sunday. Team Seagal has posted a very important update regarding the ride and etiquette. Read it. The short summary is “don’t be the guy that fucks it up for the rest of us.”

In other news:

Keep an eye out for this one. Should be out this summer. “The Accidental Death of a Cyclist” is brought to you by Rapha. Go crush some hills. 

Stream the 2014 UCI CX Worlds

It’s cold and raining outside. Well, not nearly as cold as it’s been, but definitely sloppy. If you don’t feel like going out this morning you should call up Melt, Shameless Grounds, or Atomic Cowboy and have a bike messenger deliver you some breakfast in bed while you watch the 2014 Cyclocross World Championships.

You’ll have to stream it from a Google Chrome browser with Hola, a free plug-in.

The 2014 Track Season

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is almost here. The Mr. Bumpyface Track Series starts the first week of May — that’s only three months away.  2014 is the second year in a large fundraising initiative to rebuild the Penrose Park Velodrome. Over the years, the black-top surface of Mr. Bumpy Face has deteriorated. Recently the ground under the pavement has become unstable causing the track to begin sliding down the hill. The city of St. Louis has awarded the Penrose Park Velodrome Steering Committee a gracious sum of money for improvements to the track and it’s facilities including new bathrooms and a parking lot. Construction is planned for the year 2015. Support Penrose Park.

SpokedSTL will be running another free pre-season clinic. This clinic is ideal for newbies and anyone who wants to see what it’s all about. Nothing is required except a bike and a helmet. You can ride any bike you want — no need to buy that track just to try out the sport. These clinics run every Thursday in April. SpokedSTL Pre-Season Clinic on the Penrose Park Velodrome site and of course the Facebook Events.

2014 Track Schedule

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