This is a rant post. I’ve delayed posting anything because this has been going through my mind since LA. I’m going to outline a few ideas that surfaced this weekend.
When did alleycats turn into sanctioned street races? Alleycats have very few to no rules. Alleycats shouldn’t have 17 categories to win from. Alleycats are thrown by the Race Organizer, not a bunch of people who feel the race is entitled to them. Alleycats are going to be free or cost something; don’t bitch about how much or where the money’s going to. I understand it’s important not to alienate someone because they like to ride a road or track bike, but it’s an ALLEYCAT. They’re unsanctioned, dangerous, and if you don’t like the rules, don’t go.
If it ain’t your problem, don’t bother being a voice. Riders who feel cheated can stand up for themselves; not the pit crew, not a blogger, not the fuckin birds in the tree. We’re adults and we can act like adults.
How you act will showcase who you are. If you’re going to air out the issues on the internet, BE POLITE. Don’t mouth off because you didn’t understand the rules. “But he said…” is the dumbest repeat. Learn how to race right and you won’t have to worry about it.
Some people take this bike thing too seriously. It's supposed to be fun, right? So who cares if you came in 30th place because I sure don't. If you're using your alleycat winnings to pay for your rent or leverage for a bike sponsorship, you're doing it wrong.
All this has taught me a lot about my role posting and reposting other people's shit, my desires from photography, and community outreach. I'm taking a vacation until next week when I'll decide where I'm going with all this.
Until then, keep your eyes peeled, your knuckles white, and rubber side down.
Bidding a farewell to a friend last night means I will post one thing and one thing only. Premium Rush ride was fun especially with great friends. Check out the set here. Does anyone want to have Cheladas after work? My brain's killing me.
Last Wednesday, I cruised out to Oakland to meet FWOD for their Sadie Hawkins ride. Only by invitation from a lady/transgender, I was scored by a babe the night before. A chill ride that consisted of 4 (or 3. My date had Rebel Yell) parks where we got drunk and played small games. The ride, the alcohol, and the girls are a blast. I hope to be invited on the next one; it's the only time in Oakland I've felt safe?
Check the rest out here.
Saturday Labor Day weekend, those scumbags at Downtown LA's Finest are throwing a race. What is it about? I don't know, but there's wetness involved. start: HIGH NOON.
at where: START AT THE BIKE WASH FUNDRAISER (117 BIMINI PLACE, 90004)
required items: 5 BUCKS, EMPTY MESSENGER BAG OR EQUIVALENT and CLOTHES YOU DON’T MIND GETTING SLIGHTLY WET. PROCEEDS GO TO THE WEST SIDE INVITE LOS ANGELES 2012
note: THERE’S ONLY ROOM FOR 40 RACERS. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.
If you haven't heard the recent news about Lance Armstrong, he is giving up his fight with USADA regarding doping. He's retired at 41, is not racing, and has given them 17 years of compliancy, but they continue to torment him. Now they want to strip him of his victories.
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