Posts Tagged "nyc"

Rain? What rain? Go ride your bike, it’s gorgeous out.


"To bike racers in New York City, there is no more mythical and challenging local venue than Floyd Bennett Field. Every Tuesday night during the season riders brave the traffic mayhem of Flatbush Avenue to reach the disused, crumbling airport on Brooklyn’s southern perimeter. Then they face the wind, the dust, the disintegrating tarmac, and each other in a merciless twelve laps over the former runways. When the race is over, there is still the ride back to contend with, in gloaming and then darkness, up Flatbush and to points beyond. Riders at Floyd represent the bike racing tribes of NYC. Their teams battle for the leader’s jersey and bragging rights amidst a cultural mashup; a slice of the Big Apple. Harry Zernike followed the 2013 races to make "Tuesday Night Special"."

Looking forward to this one.

Every week or so, NIKE NYC on Instagram features an athlete from the Big Apple who they feel #justdoit. I was more than honored, humbled, and privileged to be photographed and interviewed by the Nike NYC crew about training and racing bikes in NYC. Head to their Instagram for the full scoop: @nikenyc

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.