Although it’s far from the spartan life of East Berlin, living in the west part of town is not always easy. The instability in world politics is constantly reminding the citizens of how vulnerable their city is. West Berliners stoically maintain a spirit of normality in their isolation. Their celebrations and manifestations of life before the wall serve as rituals that keep the absurdity of the surrounded city at bay…
The 2013 All City Championships in Polaroids
Words by John Watson and photos by Kyle Kelley
Parties. That’s what Minneapolis is all about come the summer months and I’m not talking about the “take over the bar with 20 of your friends and sing happy birthday” kind of celebration. What partying is, to me anyway, is grabbing a case of beer or a bottle, booking around town, hitting trails, sitting in a park and taking a dive in a body of water, nude, after the sun has gone down.
In the midwest, that’s the way of life come the Summer Solstice and in Minneapolis, the All City Championships mark the height of such activities…
Photo by Andy Bokanev
The 2014 Red Bull Mini Drome NYC
Words and photos by Chris Lee
This year’s Red Bull Mini Drome took place at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on June 28th. Unlike last year’s frigid race, this year took place in the middle of summer and brought a much higher (and more leveled) caliber of racing to the event. Racers definitely took note from the year previous and brought fixed gear freestyle bikes, fixed gear DJ bikes and a lighter gear ratio. This made for some really impressive bike handling and transition pumping skills to be shown off while each racer gained more speed with every lap.
This year’s Mini Drome featured a new “fastest team” category which Brooklyn Machine Works took home. And of course the individual fastest racer which went to Brooklyn local, David Rodebough.
This very velodrome is where Merckx set the only Hour Record that ever mattered. The Agustín Melgar Olympic Velodrome was constructed in 1968 for the Mexico City Summer Olympics. During the CMWC, Jake and the rest of the gringos got to rip around this iconic track…
Read all about it and see more photos at Mash!
I love photos from track racing in the 70′s. You’ve gotta head over to Bike Jerks to see more from the Shakopee Velodrome!
I love seeing people’s take on track racing, especially from an illustrative approach. Check out more of Gianluca’s work at his Behance profile.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Koochella track team? Well, All-City’s engineer Anna Schwinn spoke about them a little while ago on the AC Blog. Turns out, this Thursday (tomorrow) is the team debut at the NSC Velodrome.
Check out that kit and bike!
See the event flier below and more information at All-City!
What I’ve realized over time is that I end up with a lot of bike portraits of riders in my film rolls. This sparked an idea: a “ride along” interview series. We’ll start this off with Chris Lee, in NYC, where he interviews Brean Shea, a bike messenger and track cyclist.
When it comes to the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, I know where to go for photos: British Cycling. Each year they offer up a selection of moments from the weekend’s event that are too good to pass up. See more at the British Cycling Flickr.
One day I’d love to shoot photos at this event.