LOCAL NEWS: MARK PETIMEZAS RECOVERY FUNDRAISER
The NYC cycling community is a large one, but small enough that when word gets out about someone involved in a crash that disables them from possibly walking ever again — everyone makes sure to spread the word about how to best support them and their family.
"On Saturday, October 26th, while riding North on 9W on a beautiful fall morning, Mark crashed badly when his wheel got tangled with another rider’s. Mark went down hard and landed on his head (he was wearing helmet) with most of the impact to the right side of his face. Injuries included severe damage to his spinal cord, a concussion, fractured cheek bone, and a fractured eye socket. Mark lost use of his limbs immediately after this accident."
I don’t know Mark personally, but have raced amongst his fellow CRCA/Foundation teammates this past season. I can’t even imagine what the road to recovery looks like, but I hope that it is a fast one. His teammates have set up a fundraiser on their website to help raise money for Mark so that he can reach his goal of walking hand in hand again with his wife and daughter. Donate here now. Healing vibes, Mark.
“RACING IN NEW YORK CITY IS A LITTLE BIZARRE. IN GENERAL IT’S A PRETTY DUMB PLACE TO LIVE AS A BIKE RACER, BUT I STARTED RACING HERE SO I’M USED TO IT. THERE IS NO GETTING AROUND HOW MUCH RACING AT 5:30 AM SUCKS, SO THE ONLY THING TO DO IS EMBRACE IT." - Dan Chabanov
Read more narration by Dan and images via Manual For Speed here.
BEAT THE SUN
As summer greets New York City, and the sun lays itself down at a later hour, we create for ourselves a new challenge. Forty something miles after a long work day, in a combined effort amongst friends, we race to beat the sun. Brooklyn to River Road and back over the GWB before we’re greeted by the nightfall sure beats laps in the park.