About Krista Carlson
A regular contributor to the print edition of Urban Velo, Krista Carlson is a cyclist obsessed with bike polo, baking, pickles, and all things bike-y. She is a native Angeleno and is madly in love with the city and everything that makes it the beautiful, crazy place that it is.
SPF put this video together just about as fast as the races happened. This is a good look at what happens when Wolfpack takes over city hall and the streets that surround it in Downtown Los Angeles. Great video of a great day of races.
Amateur and pro racers will compete on the sunny streets of downtown L.A. in the second Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit on July 12. www.wolfpackhustle.com.
Sean McElroy had only known about the Civic Center Crit for a week, maybe two, before coming to claim the dog tags in the men’s road category in 2013. None of L.A.’s local bike racers had seen him before, and none of them had any idea that their biggest competition that day would be a 14-year-old from Palmdale.
“It was really last minute, to be honest,” said McElroy, who had found out about the race from his friend and mentor, Rich Bartlett. “He told me it was going to be a pretty big turnout, and it was in L.A., so I just decided to go do it.”
The young cyclist may have been a last-minute entry, but he was prepared nonetheless: With three years of road racing under his belt, McElroy was already gearing up for the Junior National Road Racing Championships that would be held just a week and a half later.
“I was definitely fit, but I didn’t really come expecting to win the race,” he said of the fateful day he joined the elite ranks of dog tag holders on 2013—Jo Celso, Willo Juarez, Kathryn Donovan, Veronica Volok, Craig Streit, Evan Stade, Walton Brush, Nate Koch, Shelby Walter—and Sean McElroy, the youngest among them by nearly a decade.
And while there was much surprise to see a 14-year-old even entering the race, his performance is ultimately what blew everyone away. With Barlett in the race with him, the two were able to work the peloton and split the field.
“Rich told me that there’s going to be people just going off the front, and the guy that went, Jon [Budinoff], was right in front of me so I was on his wheel, so when he went I just went with him, not really with the intention of getting a break,” he says. “As soon as we saw the gap, I just started working; when people tried to close the gap Rich would chase them down and slow down the pace of it. He really helped me to win, it was really just a real team thing. Read more →
A cyclist was struck and killed by a police officer in Mexico City over the weekend, and another is in the hospital in critical condition. A sedan carrying two adults and two children was also hit by the police car. It is reported that the driver of the car, Federal Police (Policia Federal) officer Brenda Barrón Magali Rivera, attempted to flee the scene, but was was stopped by witnesses who became hostile towards Rivera and the other officers in the car. More than 100 officers in riot gear came to the scene to assist Rivera and her passengers.
It is alleged that the police officer was intoxicated at the time of the crash, which occurred on a busy street outside the Mercado Sonora in downtown Mexico City. Rivera has been released on bail, and according to District Attorney Rodolfo Rios Garza, may face manslaughter charges; today it was announced that the results of Rivera’s toxicology report are negative for alcohol.
Tonight cyclists in Mexico City will ride in honor the fallen rider, and will install a ghost bike at the site on Saturday. Local activists are seeking legal resources to aid in ensuring justice for the fallen rider and his partner.
Read more about the crash in Mexico City here (in Spanish)
Bicycle R & D – Best job ever?
Experience the California sun and scenery with Emi Brown and Luke Binder as they take the Leader EQNX through the Golden State’s golden roads.
Jacob Landis rode 10,666 miles and had hit almost every stadium in the country by the time he reached Polk County, Florida last September. With 180 miles left to reach the last one, Marlins Park in Miami, he was struck by a semi truck that kept on driving. The accident took him off the road, bringing his tour to a grinding halt. But it didn’t end his mission. This weekend, he’ll finish Jacob’s Ride, his cross-country tour to help others overcome hearing loss in the same way he has.
“Without the [cochlear] implant I couldn’t talk to you,” he tells me. Landis was 10 when he heard his brother’s voice for the first time, or anyone’s for that matter. He had just received one of the first cochlear implants. A decade later, Landis would have another life-changing experience when he visited his brother in Los Angeles.
“Noah didn’t have a car then and he gave me his road bike,” says Landis, who rode bikes as a child but, like many people, left them behind with the playthings of childhood. “He took me on one of those group rides – Taco Tuesday – I just had so much fun riding a road bike for the first time that when I got back to Annapolis even though it was so cold I went out and got my own single speed. Then I got a $500 Jamis and I started putting a lot more miles on.”
After fifteen years with his cochlear, Landis is making the same come true for others, and he’s doing it with his bike. Last year, he raised more than $160,000 to help others who cannot afford the implant. Supporting established nonprofit organizations such as the Gift of Hearing Foundation and the Hearing Loss Association of America, the donations have helped fund implants, which can cost from $50,000 to $100,000, for five people. The first went to a 24 year-old male, same age as Landis (at the time of the procedure).
By working with Major League Baseball teams, Jacob’s Ride has been able to raise awareness and support for cochlear implants at each stadium. 500,000 Americans suffer from severe hearing loss, but only 7 percent have benefited from cochlear implants. Unlike a conventional hearing aid, which amplifies sound, a cochlear implant sends electrical impulses to the the auditory nerve, bypassing damaged parts of the inner hear. Contribute to Jacob’s Ride and learn more about cochlear implants at www.JacobsRide.com.
Bike polo at its most brutal. Warning: this is the best of the worst, or the worst of the best. You decide.
In February of 2013 Damian Kevitt was hit and dragged by a car before being dislodged on the 5 Freeway on-ramp. This Sunday Damian will finish that ride. Join him at Finish the Ride and support safer streets in Los Angeles. Find out more about the ride and how to be a part of the movement at FinishtheRide.com.
Lane Kagay is the owner and fabricator behind CETMA, and builds racks and cargo bikes in Venice, California. He recently took in his first apprentice, to share his skillset and improve his own production process. It all began 8 years ago when he built himself a rack to ease his work as a bike messenger. Since adding cargo bikes to his line, they have been embraced by parents and business owners to make their lives go a little smoother as well, including the University of Kentucky’s mobile bike shop, a bike rental and delivery business in Austin called Bikes on Bikes, and a coffee delivery business in Montana.