Take a few minutes to watch this video for a super hard but fun race that happens right over in Washington County. Stockwell Media did a great job with the video.
The 2013 Albany Cranksgiving alley cat will be held on November 23rd at 7pm at the Henry Johnson Monument in Washington Park. Bring a bike, backpack, lock and about $25 for shopping.
An alley cat is a typical bike messenger race, but Cranksgiving is a bit different. You are given four or five manifests and on those will be a few simple turkey dinner items. You ride to the market and pick up those items. Come back, show your receipt and then get the next one. The finish is always at the local watering hole and the food from the race is donated to Albany Homeless Action Committee.
If this is your kind of thing, come out and have some fun on your bike, all for a good cause.
This weekend, Prospect Park in Troy played host to another year of NYCROSS.com’s hometown race, the Uncle Sam GP. The weather was absolutely beautiful and although I didn’t race I had a blast spectating. There were a lot of tense moments in the last few laps of every race and it was awesome to watch. Especially since it was 75 and sunny in the middle of October.
I’ve seen many of these bikes getting built up on instagram and elsewhere online so it’s especially cool to see them show up in real life when you know they were just finished a few days ago a few hundred miles away. I’m sure almost all small communities are the same way, but when it happens it’s always neat to see.
A very worthwhile petition. It’s insane the only way to get a bike to NYC is to drive or risk your life on the chinatown bus. Or completely disassemble your bike and box it up, which is what Amtrak recommends.
To sign it, head to change.org and let’s make this a reality.
Last night was the first of a three week series of grass circuit cyclocross racing put on by NYCROSS. Thrown at Prospect park in Troy, this short circuit was awesome to spectate and there was some awesome racing and throw downs in each race.
The series is a fundraiser for NYCROSS and awesome for beginners to get their feet wet, or for racers to get some early season practice races in. The next race is Thursday, September 5th and there will be food trucks! Come out, heckle, race or just spectate.
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Serotta, a Saratoga-based manufacturer of high-end custom bicycles is set to close permanently. After attempts to save the company, they were recently acquired by Divine Cycling Group and DCG has quickly decided to pull the plug.
This is such a bummer. A long time coming, but a huge bummer nonetheless.
For the 9th year in a row, America’s toughest road cycling race will take place just outside of Albany, in Cambridge, NY. This year’s event will take place April 12-14. If you’ve never been to a road race, this is the one to go to first. There’s tons of vendors and all sorts of things happening on the finishing strip and it’s crazy to see how fast these dudes actually go for 100 or 200km at a time. Also, you have to hit a few of the crazy climbs to see everyone suffering up the hills.
From the copy:
Cambridge, NY USA – Organizers of the annual Tour of the Battenkill announce the schedule for event which returns for the 9th consecutive year on April 12-14 in Cambridge, NY. Internationally known as America’s toughest road cycling race, the event will feature amateur races, a school outreach program, an event expo, kids races, and a new ‘gran fondo’ (open) division to replace the Men’s professional race. The Tour of the Battenkill continues its tradition as North America’s largest amateur cycling race. Up to 4,000 participants are expected for the 2013 event.
For more information, including schedules, sponsorship, expo, and volunteer opportunities, please see tourofthebattenkill.com
Previously on Keep Albany Boring: Tour of the Battenkill 2012 Recap and Photos