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01 / 19 / 2011

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07 / 23 / 2010

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I race at Kissena velodrome this summer. Kissena is NYC's only one velodrome.
This is history of Kissena.

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I introduce my race bike.
Frame is Tiemeyer, aluminum, it has huge sloping top tube. Leader carbon fork. Sram crank. Look predal. These wheels are for street, I use Vittoria Corsa Evo tubular tires with Mavic rim and Dura Ace hub.
Gear ratio is 50 X 15, 90.0 inches, This is not big gear at track.
I wish I can win.

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04 / 25 / 2010

Hip to be Squared 3

Stoned tone organized alleycat race yesterday.
There were 8 check points in Manhattan and 1 check point in Brooklyn,Total about 16 miles.

Start was Tompkins Sq. park East Village. After hanging out at park for an hour, race started.
More than 20 racers sprint on 7th street. On the corner of Ave.A and 7th st, a pack was broken. Some people went to downtown first and some riders were heading to midtown. My plan was taking midtown first.

Going 14st to west, there were about 10 racers, Jun, kale, Pavel, and victor was just ahead of me. 14st was little tough, pedestrian and traffic broke the group, I was following victor.
I and victor got 1st and 2nd CP together and I think we are first one who get 2nd CP, Jun and others arrived just a minutes later.

Then we were going to Herald Sq. for 3rd CP. I wasted few minutes here to find CP and a group caught me. When I got back 6th Ave to go up, I saw Victor was still looking for 3rd CP.
We were going up 6 Ave to 4th CP that is 3 times sq. I was watching Jun's wild riding from just behind him.

4th CP was easy.
5th CP was 57st bet. 11 and 12 Ave. Jun, kale and I went 43st to west. At 9th Ave, Jun stopped to wait for light.
"Are you serious? It's race, don't stop"
I went up 9th Ave against traffic for few block and up 10th Ave to 57st. I got 5th CP and caught Irain(spelling in not sure,he got 9th?)
It was strange that Jun and Kale didn't come, I was sure there weren't big difference, but they were not in sight.

Anyway, 6th CP is varick and leonard. I was going down 11th ave, I saw Irain was in sevral block ahead and victor and someone behind me 10 blocks. 11th Ave met West St, going car path, a fat woman shout me from her car.
Do exercise. Stop eating fast food.

6th CP guy was Izumi who is old school and fast. He said me in Japanese.
"What are you doin? mother fukker, you are fucking slow, "
OK, I got know I was in good position, not so late.

I got 7th CP with few races and Pavel. Heading to 8th CP that was last one in Manhattan. Going up Pearl st, I tried to follow Pavel, but he was strong and taking off.
At 8th CP Chatham Sq. I couldn't see Pavel and I and Irain, Jason was in a group. We talked little and decide to go Manhattan bridge car path.

It was my first time for Manhattan bridge car path. There ware huge gaps on bridge joints. Jason was ahead of me and he slowed down around top of bridge. When I was passing him, he said he got flat. I understand he got pinch flat at gap. Flat tire on the bridge, it is terrible
However it was race and nothing I could do for him. I took him off. I am sorry Jason.

In Brooklyn, I was keeping Irain in my sight, but he was more than 10 blocks ahead. My leg were fucked up, I didn't think I can catch him.
Last CP was 868 Myrtle Ave. Squarebuilt HQ. It is handmade frame company. When I got CP, there was nobody, it was 868. Yelling "Check Point" then poeple called from basement. I carried bike to basement to get sign, He gave me plus one for carrying bike. Thanks dude, but I don't know how plus one work.

A guy with Kissena Jersey caught me at last CP and I followed him. We were going Flushing Ave to finish.
He did final sprint, my leg had no more power.
He finished 10th and I got 11th.
It took 59min for 16 miles.

1. Raph
2. Austin
3. Doug D
4. The king
5. JT
6. Crihs
7. Pavel

Finish at Wreck Room, Bushwick, Brooklyn
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03 / 23 / 2010

Red Hook Criterium

I rode Red Hook Crit.
It was my first time to ride criterium race. Crit is a race held on a short course and run on city street.

I felt that I couldn't do anything at this race.
The first turn was everything for me.
Then race started, 50 races sprinted to first turn. It was about 200M from starting line to the corner.
I was riding inside and more than 20 racers were ahead of me.
The turn was tight and racers came from outside to inside, I couldn't find a line that I must go.
I was scared to high speed, mass racers, tight turn.
After the first turn, my competitive mind never come back. I stop racing at 7th or 8th lap to clear course for competed racers.

There were lots of learned lesson for crit race.
The course was brutal and volunteer street marshals worked great.
Thank you for everyone.

1. Dan Chabanov
2. John K-Tel
3. Al Barouh
4. Chris Thormann
5. Pavel Maneson
6. Matthew Arleck (Tio)
7. Brean
8. John Taki
9. Izumi
10.Joshua Robot

1st girl Kacey Manderfield











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03 / 08 / 2010

Monster Track 11 pt2



2枚目のマニフェストはミッドタウン。1)55 st & 9th ave 2)45th St & 12th Ave 3)450 W14th st 4)747 3rd Ave 5)42nd St & 2nd Ave
マニフェストには「これは3枚中2枚目のマニフェストです」って書いてるわけです。

最初の2つのCPは無事にこなし、14th Stへひたすら下ります。
ここが大問題。CPの人が誰もいない。
周りをぐるぐる15分。しかも他のレーサーの誰もここにやって来ない。そういえばコロンバスサークル以降、他のレーサー見てないぞ??そこでChari & CoのKENに電話してみると「何やってるんですか??もう皆Chari & Co来てますよ」、ええ??
Chari & Coがチェックポイントってのは聞いてたけど、自分のマニフェストにはまだそこは出ていない。なにが起こってる?
とにかく他のCPに行ってみるがやっぱり誰もいない、そしてChari & Coへ。ここで最後のゴール、Canal St & 6th Aveへ行けとの指令をもらって、大渋滞のCanalを抜けてゴール。

もう既に大勢の人がフィニッシュしてて、自分は最後のほうっぽい。
なんでなんで???ですよ。こんなに大勢走ってたのになんで誰もいなかったの?

ホントはマニフェストが3枚あったんです。1枚目はアップタウン、2枚目はミッドタウン、3枚目がダウンタウン。しかし、1枚目終了後に、2枚目を飛ばして3枚目も配られてしまったのです。自分は正式な2枚目をもらったけど、ほとんどの人は3枚目をもらった様子。それが分かった時点でCPの人も撤収したんでしょう。
Victor曰く
there were supposed to be 3 manifests. one up,one mid,one down.you were supposed to get number two at columbus circle.when ppl got there they got number 3,everybody got 3 instead of two . Thats was another botch job. didn’t affect the outcome of the race,the race just happened to be shorter than it would have been.
http://nycmassive.com/mt20101/

そうです、どうでもいいんです、楽しかったから。

winners

1. Alfred
2. Austin
3. Crihs
4. Felps
5. Dan
6. Craig boston
7. Epic boston
8. Izumi

women

1. Heather
2. janessa
3. nona
4. (dfl) heather

Thanks for all CP workers, organizer and racers.
Who got ku necklace?

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