Track Attack Denver

April 7, 2008

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Denver Lacks a velodrome, so on Good Friday we met up near the Millenium Bridge. About 30 people turned up, for matched sprints, PBR pick up, longest wheelie, best trick, and a slow race. All events where free to all comers, and they even provided free PBR.

I lost my sprint in the first heat to some one who made it to the finals. I watched some of denvers finest spin their legs off, and caught up with some old friends.

I split off for a beer run, and got back in time to roll out for the PBR pick up. Cans where laid on their side, and the rides circled around them, on “go” we moved in, and tried to grab some beer. There was some pushing for position, and i rolled up to can I like the look of, leaned over for it, and fell. I looked around,

most people had done the same and only 3 rides remained on the feild, each had a few cans, but the court was still littered with them. The winner had over ten cans tucked under his hoodie, after getting his prize we head the first one hit the ground and burst.

There where some good wheelies, and tricks, one guy spun a wheel on his head while track standing, but the highlight for me was the slow race. At the line I teamed up with the guy next to me, he had his left hand on the outside of his drops, i put my left on his stem, his right on my stem, and my right on my drops. This worked really well as we balanced the other, we were a good 3 feet behind the pack, when my partner slipped, and I went the other way.

I didn’t leave with a prize, but I had a good time.

Just like London, must be not-organized by the same person or group of people.

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Earlier this week two messengers in London where hit by lorries in one day. One had his bike totally destroyed, and ended up in hospital with a foot injury. He will be out of work until he heals up.

The other was dragged by the lorry, and is recovering after 12 hours of surgery, it is doubtful he will ever ride again. I knew him, we road for the same company he was always smiling and having the time of his life, this could not have happened to a less deserving person.

Paypal donations for both couriers can be sent to bill.chidley(anti-spam replace with @)mac.com, mark all donations ‘EC Donation’.  Please give if you can.
Also please support the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund.

Sunday 6th, April 2008 1pm Speakers Corner (north east corner of Hyde Park) London W1

A short ride for all cyclists through central London

Come out and honor the captain

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If some one wants to help make, print or distribute fliers for this get in touch. Chris.crashblog@gmail.com

Stolen Bike London

February 7, 2008

London is a unique city for riding, it has a great messenger scene (read its messenger zine moving target), the mayoral candidates campaign around cycling, there are posters in buss stops and on the underground encouraging people to comute by bike, and the evening papers are filled with columns on how dangerous cycling is.

London also has a huge problem with thieves, one the police ignore in favor of doing what ever it is that they do. Some london cyclests, encluding me (in exile) have decided to do something about this, we are hosting a website with a list of stolen bikes in London. We will also be posting photos and details of thieves or sellers of stolen bikes, and going to where stolen bikes are sold in an attempt to recover them. check out the project Stolen Bike London