TWTW: Top Tens Galore
As was the case in last week’s TWTW, it was another pretty low key weekend of racing in New York City. As we spent the weekend off the bike watching Road Worlds and the Jinglecross World Cup there were also a few smaller races on offer including a new event called Lucky Charm. Close enough to NYC to be nearly local this is where the team managed to snag three of the top five spots. So with that success front of mind, the week that was in New York City cycling:
The Week That Was (TWTW) On the Bike
In a bit of last minute decision making we had four riders head out to Newfoundland, New Jersey for the brand new Lucky Charm Cyclocross race. Named for Michael "Lucky" Lukowiak, who passed away after a cross race last year, we were happy to support this new addition to the cyclocross calendar. It also turned out to be a very successful day of racing as Ted led the team home in second, followed closely by Travis in third, Daghan in fifth and Clark a further three spots back. All in all, a pretty swell day of pedaling bikes. Stay tuned, we may have a race report from this one later in the week (Lucky Charm Cyclocross Results).
Sadly outside of the races it was another moist week in the city. This meant Wednesday night cyclocross practice was cancelled and we were forced to get in our Daily Grind CX intervals on pavement. But thanks to a brief spell of beautiful blue skies - and a flyover by some military helicopters - it was a memorable afternoon on the bike.
Otherwise it was mostly par for the course for this time of year in New York City - we got in a variety of low key rides, keeping the mood appropriately tranquilo.
The Week That Was On the TBD Journal
Links: Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia Gala (Sep 28, 2018) - we’re huge proponents of youth cycling programs and Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia is one of those programs that seems to get it all right. Their annual gala is coming up and they could use your support.
Weekend Forecast: Rainey Park CX (Sep 27, 2018) - it may be early, but for New York City’s only local cyclocross race we won’t hesitate to start the #hype cycle many weeks in advance.
Airshot Air Canister Review: A Possible Business Expense? (Sep 26, 2018) - with the team increasingly adopting tubeless tire solutions for both road and cyclocross purposes Travis took a look at the Airshot Air Canister.
2018 TBD x Garneau Steeple CX Bike – Pink Build (Sep 25, 2018) - we’re slowly but surely rolling out galleries of our whole assortment of brand new Garneau Steeple CX bikes. Last week it was Clay’s pink beauty that was featured on the Journal.
TWTW: Cyclocross Season in Full Swing (Sep 24, 2018) - a look back at the week that was, with more of a local racing flavor.
Reading, Links and Random Facts
Residents Urge Parks Department to Reopen “Nightmare” Washington Heights Bridge During Repairs (The Uptowner) - close to home CityMD’s own Liz Marcello was in the news as she helped lead a push in recent weeks to have some critical uptown bike infrastructure repaired.
The Most Dangerous Place to Bicycle in America (WSJ) - from our home base in New York City we often write about our at times frightening experiences on two wheels. But in a hard hitting piece the Wall Street Journal examines what is statistically the most dangerous place in the country to ride a bike.
Why the Riders Who Don’t Fit In Are the Ones We Can’t Do Without (Bicycling Magazine) - having encountered Army Jay a few weekends ago at Nittany Cross we couldn’t agree more with the entire spirit of this article from Bicycling Magazine. Its well worth a few minutes of your time.
US road racing is in a downward spiral — what comes next? (CyclingTips) - we have written about the ongoing NYC USAC Officials shortage that continues to threaten the local races calendar, but at the top level of the sport the outlook is, if anything, far worse following the collapse of some of the best races and teams in the country. Over on CyclingTips Neal Rogers takes a deep dive into the state of the sport.
Daghan was front an center this past weekend at the Waterloo World Cup. We will be sharing some of his images in the coming week but this one may be our favorite as he perfectly captured one of the most climatic moments in the race:
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Her new sponsor @redbullbike inspired @ellenlikesbikes to be more "extreme". This was the first time she revealed her signature cx trick: somersault over the barriers. She ended up having an amazing day and finishing second to Marianne Vos at the first World Cup race of the season. @trekcxcup #redbullgivesyouwings #lookscoolaf