Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Xmas Alleycat results
Thanks to everyone who came out to race last night, I know it had been a tough day in work and the weather was awful.
1st: 25 Sean
2nd(after arm-wrestle play-off): Daz
We had a nice night in Feile afterwards and the raffle was a great success.
We managed to raise €570 for Aware, thanks to everyone for digging deep.
Thanks again to all the sponsors: ThinkBike, Swrve, Cyclelogical, South Ink, V Piercing and RSD.
Have a great Christmas everyone, and remember to ride safe and watch out for taxis :) (I've had too many close calls with the fuckers in the last couple of weeks).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Lycra Lunatics!!! Apparently...
From quality rag the Sunday Mirror, July 14th 2002:
LYCRA LUNATICSFIONA WHYNNE
THIS is an insight into the shocking world of illegal courier racing in Ireland.
The elite group of racers risk their lives for the thrill as they swerve on bicycles between rush hour traffic, only stopping for red lights when they see fit.
The young daredevils often race after dark - when a few drinks have given them some Dutch courage.
Dublin courier Gareth is an "Alleycat Racer". He appeared as part of RTE's new youth series Sampled, but wouldn't reveal his full name because of his involvement in the illegal races.
He said: "Courier racing is definitely to some degree a manifestation of the competitiveness that you see when you are working during the day."
Organiser Neil warned that nobody can tell the racers what to do: "We have no permits, no insurance, no permission, we just do it."
But this form of racing is not just happening in Dublin. Thrill- seekers in several countries around the world co-ordinate the race so thousands of cyclists take off at the same time.
Gareth said: "The race involves thousands of couriers all over the world starting simultaneously - so when we start in Dublin at nine of clock they'd be starting in New York at the corresponding time.
"It has to be the same race all over the planet to make it fair.
"When the race is over they post the results on the web and somebody wins."
Last year the Global Gutz race took place in 43 cities, including Perth, Toyko, Budapest, San Franciso and Katmandu.
The Dublin part of the race involved three checkpoints for 'tagging' cyclists along the course which ran from the quays to Pembroke Road.
But an early halt was called to the race when one speeding racer was knocked from his bike by a jeep.
The accident and the discovery of the antics of the Irish racers ultimately led to their disqualification from the world competition.
Gareth said: "When traffic is coming two ways and you want to get across it you sort of go one way with the traffic and then swing back across the other lane.
"One guy got nudged by a jeep and was knocked from his bicycle, but he was OK."
But this dangerous craze is still only getting started here and Irish racers haven't yet made it onto the world stage.
Organiser Neil agreed that Dublin's racers were only "small fish": "Everyone in Dublin is a small fish in a very big pond.
"We might think we are great but then we sent ten people to the World Championship in Budapest and not one of them made it through."
Monday, December 15, 2008
Final Reminder for Xmas alleycat
FRI., DEC. 19TH, 7PM WILTON PLC.
RACE START AT 8PM SHARP
AFTER PARTY UPSTAIRS IN FEILE (FORMERLY CARNIVAL)
RAFFLE!!! TICKETS €5 OR 3 FOR €10
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO AWARE
RACE ENTRY €10, INCLUDES RAFFLE TICKET
AFTERPARTY FREE WITH RACE ENTRY, OR €5 (INCLUDES RAFFLE TICKET)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Race of Champions
If you don't live in the land of tv then you may watch the whole shebang streamed here:
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thanks to TrackosaurusRex via HKFixed
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Calgary courier Zombie flick
Monday, December 8, 2008
BERLIN KEIRIN AD from Danny Baarz on Vimeo.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Race will start at 8pm sharp at Wilton Plc. So be there by 7.30.
*DON'T FORGET YOUR YELLOW PAGES*
Race entry €10. This includes a raffle ticket.
Raffle tickets are €5, or 3 for €10.
Remember all proceeds are going to Aware.
Entry to After Party free with race entry, or €5, which includes a raffle ticket.
We have some savage prizes so far:
€300 voucher for Think Bike, thanks to John.
Honey Leather Brooks B17 saddle, dvd's, thanks to Cliff in Cyclelogical (don't tell Dave...)
Merino base layer, T-shirts, Cycling Hoodies, cycling caps from Swrve. Big thanks to Chris.
There will also be some more prizes from the endless Dublin Messengers schwag bag.
If anyone else would like to sponsor this worthwhile event please get in touch.
After Party tbc. but probably, upstairs in Anseo. Also, Kerr is playing a set in the Blue Note on Capel St. the same night.
Please come out and support this event. A fun night for a good cause.