Wednesday Night ‘Cross Practice on Randall’s Island, New York City
Photos and interview by Chris Lee
Ride over to soccer field 70 on Randall’s Island in New York City around 7 pm on a Wednesday and you’ll be met with bikes rolling around in grass and dirt, someone yelling “come on you can do it!” and a group of 15 or so racers running drills around cones and trees. This is the home of the weekly ‘cross practices in New York City.
Evan Murphy, a cat 2 cyclocross racer, runs these weekly practices with his teammate, Kyle Murphy, a cat 1 racer, every Wednesday on Randall’s Island. The Murphy “Brothers” bring cones and homemade barriers to run drills and mock races. These practices not only build the skills needed to become a better racer but also helps build a community of racers in a city and in a sport where stepping out of your comfort zone is the name of the game.
Track bikes in New York City never get old!
Manual for Speed, Castelli, Garmin and Phil Gaimon put together a book-signing event this Saturday in NYC. If you’re in the neighborhood, swing by and check it out.
NYC’s John Campo posted this on his Facebook yesterday and I had to share it. These Keith-Haring designed City Cycles jerseys have always been my favorite. A pristine example of less is more with no visible sponsor logos, or flashy colors. Just white space with an original Haring illustration.
It seems some of the original City Cycles members have gotten back together, formed a Facebook Group and have made commemorative t-shirts. I’m not sure when or if they’ll be selling to the public, but I felt like it was worth the share, regardless.
This Thursday, House Industries is having an exhibition of their new Velo Font at the Rapha Cycle Club in New York City. I wish I could make it out and see this collection in person, it looks really great.
Here are the details:
Opening Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m.
With a panel discussion PEDALING DESIGN presented by AIGA NY
64 Gansevoort St, New York, NY
Exhibition runs October 16 to October 26
Here’s a video from Crihs:
“Francesco Martucci is a cyclist from Italy who has been coming to the Red Hook Crit for the past 4 years. Every year Martucci comes to Red Hook with the expectation of winning the race and every year he has fallen short. He came very close in Milano No. 3. Late in the race coming into the final turn before the finish with a few laps to go, he slid out. We follow Martucci through his preparation for Red Hook No. 7 in Brooklyn.
In Milano No. 3 he crashed on the first lap. Got back up and later attacked off the front. Rainier from Mash bridged up to him with only a few laps to go and they held a gap over the peloton. The peloton caught them finally with less than 2 laps to go. He still finished 4th that year.”
Best of luck to everyone racing the Red Hook Crit Milano!
The Radavist’s contributor, Chris Lee, teamed up with reporter Peter Madsen of the NY Times to cover the East Coast Messenger Stage Race and launch a full gallery and report on the newspaper’s online site.
Head over to the NY Times to read all about this grassroots race!
Back in the 90’s Squid threw a themed event called the Warriors race. Just like the movie, it was a team event and took people all over NYC. This year, he brought the event back, in the form of a fun ride and Takuya Sakamoto was there shooting video.
I can’t wait to see more from this!
Here’s another great video from the 2014 Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn.
“Heavy rain brought a tense day leading up to this year’s Red Hook Crit. Threats of cancellation and worries of increased danger on the course were relieved when the race finally started, 2 hours before its scheduled time, with a modified course and a shortened number of laps. Nevertheless riders came out in full force to battle the elements and each other.
Now in it’s 7th year, what started out as an informal birthday party for organizer David Trimble has become an international event. Hundreds of competitors from over 20 different countries descend on the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook to race on brakeless fixed-gear track bikes, and this year in the rain. The race is fast and intense, with only the strongest and smartest of riders able to overcome the fury and seize the title.”