Look out, they’re building a pump track in the Fat Tire Farm parking lot. Show up on December 7th with $5. Bikes and helmets provided, winner takes all the money and one of the race bikes. Rip it.
Read more about the evolution of Cranksgiving in our feature story from earlier this year in Urban Velo #35, From Cranks To Food Banks.
For Bay area riders the SF Bike Expo has become an important date on the calendar to check out vendors from across the country and deals from shops and other riders in the swap section. I had the good fortune of making the expo a few years back, but unfortunately can’t stop through this year. You shouldn’t miss it if you’re in the area on November 16th, free admission and free valet bike parking, see more at www.sfbikeexpo.com
The Lord of Griffith alleycat top honors were taken by State Bicycle Co rider Tyler Coplea, who had a few things to say about the event below. It’s nothing outside of the usual post-race glory, but it’s good to be reminded of the fun of competition.
“The Lord of Griffith race is an all out suffer fest up to the Griffith observatory in LA. Consisting of a steep climb straight up to the top, followed by an awesome fast decent, all on one gear 3 times around! I rocked my awesome State bicycle Undefeated with a way to big 48×14 gear ratio that made me choke on regret up that crazy steep climb.
After riding for 2hrs in LA, we pulled up to the race along with hundreds of other riders. Everything was set and ready to go, that is till the park rangers showed up and wanted it shut down. So we all immediately went to the start line and just like that the race was on!
I drilled it as hard a I could to get to the front and spent the next 3.5 laps grinding up climbs and burning out quads on the decent with our newest teammate Hern. The climb wasn’t the issue, it was try to skid stop as well as those guys on the downhill. Man they are talented bike riders! Going up the climb for the last time, I put it all out there and got a gap which I was luckily able to finally hold on the decent and all the way to the finish to get the win! My legs totally felt as if I had done 1000s of squats for the past few hours. I was stoked to turn around and see my teammates Michael and Hern come in for 3rd and 4th!”
Track or Treat 7 went down in Minneapolis this weekend, with Bike Jerks sharing a few images and results.
The eighth annual Supermarket Street Sweep is scheduled for December 7th, with riders heading all over San Francisco to collect food for the local food banks. Help add to the over 118,000 meals collected over the past seven events. Cargo race, speed race and plenty of folks just along for the ride… see more at supermarketstreetsweep.blogspot.com