SWAMPLOCROSS!

CX is now. There is no more #crossiscoming, there is no more #therewillbemud. Cross is here and mud is being. On Sunday, October 12, Semi-Tough and Yeah You Ride officially launched New Orleans cyclocross with an unofficial swamp-jammin’, beer-chuggin’, bike-racin’, family friendly gnar-fest.

The course was comprised largely of the City Park Singletrack, and was familiar to Thursday night practice race attendees, except for a few added twists. A Le Mans start separated racers from their rides, and introduced an element of chaos as racers sprinted and scrambled to right their bikes and launch free amidst a flurry of mounting riders. Sections of the cross country running trail were utilized to change the flow and add some new turns. By far, the biggest curveball of all was the PBR sponsored Handup Shortcut at the final turn. Racers arrived at a split where they were forced to choose between taking and finishing a cold frosty beer before the end of the handup zone, or else navigate a tight chicane and barrier section. Racers were required to complete the barrier section a certain number of times, and few elected bonus barrier sections over surplus handups.

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Play Streets – Nola’s First Easy Streets Event

Many moons ago, New Orleans was a city with a great public transit infrastructure. Neighborhoods were compartmentalized and self-sustaining, requiring fewer long trips for goods and services. Streets were less clogged with traffic, and bicycles could move freely, as the Gods intended. Somewhere along the line, people got lazy, gas got cheap, streetcar lines got abandoned, and the RTA began a 30 year performance art piece challenging conventional concepts regarding “time” and “punctuality.” Saturday morning, October 26th, Bike Easy will transport us back to the glory days with their Play Streets event. (Though they will not be fixing the RTA.)

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The first event of its kind in New Orleans, Play Streets will close Esplanade from Broad to Claiborne, and Bayou Road from Esplanade to Broad, reintroducing the notion of street as a place for pedestrian and cycle transit, for socializing and public discourse, and most importantly, for fun. Easy Streets events have enjoyed considerable success in progressive cities such as Oakland, which actually bear more semblance to New Orleans than you may think.

From 9AM to Noon the streets will be filled with points of interest, provided by participating partners. You can look forward to:

  • Cooking demos/food samples
  • Bicycle parade
  • Instant recess
  • Skateboarding
  • Roller derby push cart races
  • Second line at Bayou and Esplanade 10:30am
  • Free bicycle mechanic
  • MINI-CYCLOCROSS Y’ALL (I seent it on the map!)

More info is available from Bike Easy, New Orleans’ finest bicycle advocacy group. Check out the event page to get involved or donate.

Take back the street!
Rich
Yeah You Ride

Nola to Angola: A Ride to The Farm

On Friday morning, October 18, our friend Katie (KDHL), recent alleycat winner and leader of Loose Bloomers Cycling Club, will be among 40 cyclists embarking on a three-day, 170 mile ride to Angola Prison. Katie has been crucial in getting this off the ground, but isn’t just doing it because she loves to ride. The tour will be a fundraiser for the Cornerstone Bus Builders’ Project, an initiative that provides transportations for those trying to visit loved-ones incarcerated at Angola.

Last year the ride raised over $14,000, surpassing the goal of 10 grand in a major way. This year Katie and the other NTA riders are aiming to top that figure. If they succeed, they will be able to completely underwrite a year’s worth of monthly bus trips to The Farm, each of which has an operating budget of about $1000. (Update: As of this morning they had raised $21,000!) Given that we live in the world capital of incarceration, this is a seriously meaningful social service. Best of all, it’s not too late to donate! If you feel like lending a hand, check out the Nola To Angola website.

Godspeed and good luck to all of you, y’all are awesome!

Yeah You Ride

The Way Things Are – A DSGP Update

You may have noticed we’ve been pretty quiet over here for the past week or so. Never at a shortage for words, there is clearly an explanation afoot. We’ve been hard at work trying to make this whole Delta States Cyclcross thing a reality, and we’re proud to say that there is significant progress. Although I could probably be more vague if I tried, I know you’re here because you want me to spill the Blue Runners. So without further ado, here’s what’s good in the world of DSGP.

For all intents, the park is ours. Permitting us underway. Like way underway. It is as underway as Wu-Tang is underground. USAC licenses have been obtained and negotiations with City Park are complete. We are literally a couple of pen strokes away from having the New Orleans race carved in stone. LAMBRA is helping out with the nuts and bolts, and we know that much of the nitty gritty is in capable and experienced hands. Which leaves our inexperienced, grubby mitts free for some heavy lifting.

Venues have been secured as well in Baton Rouge and Jackson, Mississippi. While I cannot yet testify as to what progress is being made in those sectors, I have very high hopes. I know from the time I spent in Baton Rouge that their cycling scene is healthy, enjoys a fair amount of solidarity because of how small a place BR is, and is full of great minds and strong backs. Trust, as soon as I get wind of their statuses, you will be quickly informed.

Here, in New Orleans, construction of the course is picking up. City Park recently mowed much of the area where the course is located, expanding the possibilities for exploring and developing new course sections and features. The current mission is to incorporate more of the former (soon-to-be?) golf course’s tee boxes, putting greens, bunkers, and other existing topography to make the course a little more interesting and exciting. Equipment is being amassed and tools are being stockpiled. Boedi and I just made a trip up to Baton Rouge to score a riding mower. Unfortunately it needs some work, but we are that much closer to building a top notch course.

Consider this your call to action: We need more tools; shovels, mowers, rakes, etc. If you got it, we want it. But slingblades do not themselves swing. We also need all the elbow grease we can get to make this happen. Course work days are frequently discussed and organized via the New Orleans Cyclcross group on Facebook. If you aren’t already in that loop, get plugged in.

Sponsors are actively being sought to help execute this ambitious mission of off-road racing. A beer sponsor is in the works, to ensure that the lifeblood of cyclocross flows freely for racers and spectators alike. Bayou Bikes has stepped up to the plate with some serious backing for the New Orleans race. Additionaly, several sponsors have offered up awesome prizes for podium climbers, hopefully dialing up the competition to 11. And while we are extremely grateful for gear, we are very much in need of financing. We’re talking dollars, clams, yams, duckets, bones, cheddar, wampum. Don’t forget to tell your rich uncle to cut us a check.

October 19th will be upon us before we know and we have great aspirations for this race, as well as the entire series. DSGP is going to outrageously fun, and we want you in on it. If you are at all curious, please hit us up and ask how to get involved. Working together, we will make a mark of Gorbachev proportions on the face of the region’s cycling scene. So there you have it. As of now, that’s the way things are.

Cheers,
Rich
Yeah You Ride

Going For Goldsprints – Guest Gallery by Christine Moser!

We kicked off 2 Broke 4 The Worlds with Goldsprints, everyone’s favorite way to cramp up and burn out legs before a big race. For the unacquainted, Goldsprints are stationary bike races. Two fixed gear bikes on roller stands, hooked up to a computer that tells the world who cranked out the faster time for a set distance. Geared at a 2.0 ratio (34×17, same as Rich’s singlespeed MTB!) these Goldsprint bikes were ultra-low-resistance spinning machines, designed to deliver maximum suffering, while being minimally impressive to onlookers. Imagine two goons at the gym going ham, spinning their feet beyond the speed of light, as spectators scream at and throw beer on them. Then, tell us which gym this is and sign us up for a membership. Stationary bike races may sound ridiculous, but add enough beer and – OK, beer is all you need – and the competition really heats up.

We got things rolling with open sprints matches, just for fun. We tossed up some prizes like PBR T-Shirts for prime rounds, to make things interesting. We did a few beer races, wherein both riders must drink a half-pint before finishing their race. Finally, we started a bracket and began running head-to-head matches for all the bacon. In one of the more exciting heats, Robinson Sudan and Roberto Puig actually tied, with times identical to 3 decimal places. That’s pretty much a scientific anomaly. To the delight of the crowd and the disappointment of those poor saps, a rematch was called. Rich was knocked out of the tournament pretty early on when Boedi decided to handicap him by demanding an entire PBR tallboy be pounded before even starting to pedal. Needless to say, Rich lost the match and nearly lost his lunch. For how absurd the whole shebang was, everyone seemed to have a blast, enough so that the neighbors called the bar a couple times to complain about maniacs screaming wildly in 17 second intervals. Sweetening the pot, rad prizes got handed out to top men and ladies. Thankfully, our good friend, Christine Moser was there to capture some of the action for you folks at home. Thanks for the snaps, Christine!

We got these bikes on loan from Beaux Jones and Bike Baton Rouge, who are hosting a series of Goldsprint tournaments this summer. Their next event will be August 28th, check their Facebook for more details. We will definitely be doing more of these in the future, and we highly suggest you attend. We also highly suggest you clear your schedule for several days afterwards of any activities that involve walking normally.

Cheers!

Yeah You Ride

YYR’s Guide to the Seedy Underbelly: New Orleans

To all our guests from near and afar:

Thanks for coming to 2 Broke 4 the Worlds and welcome to our fine city. The Big Easy, The Crescent City, The City Sobriety Forgot, The Dirty Dirty. We call it many things, but most of all, we call it home. We are stoked to have you here in our city, on our sofas, and thrashing our streets. Hospitality is what we do and we are glad to host and want this to be an awesome time for everyone. Let us know if you have unanswered questions, or need anything. It can probably be arranged, no matter how depraved or illegal it is. Remember, New Orleanians love having guests, but we hate tourists. So have fun, mind your P’s & Q’s, and be a good guest, not an obnoxious tourist.

If you are still reading this we assume that you are not a local so, let us start by saying how much we appreciate you traveling to participate in the first (annual?) 2 Broke 4 The Worlds! As you know we aren’t your mom and we aren’t your lawyer. Even if we are friends we’d rather not have to bail you out of jail, visit you in the hospital, or hold your hair out of the toilet so here is the quick 411 on how to do things right down here. Continue reading “YYR’s Guide to the Seedy Underbelly: New Orleans”

CX In the Swamp – New Location!

New CX Meet-Up Location

New meet up location and new course. Just off the intersection of Harrison and Wisner.

We’ll be out there again this Thursday at 6pm. Loose agenda: practice some technical aspects, parade lap around the course to show obstacles/dangers, a few times at easy pace and then a four lap race for bragging rights.

Bring:
Bike suitable for offroad riding. A CX bike is best, but a MTB will work. Fat tires on a road bike would even cut it for this grassy riding.

Water – It’s really hot out there. There will be cold beer provided for the express purpose of fueling friendly competition. Be sure to bring a couple bidons of cold H2O, though, or you might not last to beer’o’clock.

Helmet – Duh.

Bug Spray – We’ll be standing in tall grass, in Louisiana, in the dead of summer. You’ve been warned.

CX Skills – Bring any experience you have riding CX or off-road in general. This can range from absolutely none all the way to pretty much everything. Although those with more experience should be prepared to open their mouths, and those with less to open their ears.

We are going to get rad on the old golf course. Come mash in the grass with us and put away a couple cold ones.

Cheers,
Yeah You Ride

CX In the Swamp

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We’ll be out there again this Thursday at 6pm. Our ‘cross guru won’t be out with us, but we’ll run things in a similar format as last time: practice some technical aspects, ride the course a few times at easy pace and then a four lap race for bragging rights.

Bring:
Bike suitable for offroad riding. A CX bike is best, but a MTB will work. Fat tires on a road bike would even cut it for this grassy riding.

Water – It’s really hot out there. There will be cold beer provided for the express purpose of fueling friendly competition. Be sure to bring a couple bidons of cold H2O, though, or you might not last to beer’o’clock.

Helmet – Duh.

Bug Spray – We’ll be standing in tall grass, in Louisiana, in the dead of summer. You’ve been warned.

CX Skills – Bring any experience you have riding CX or off-road in general. This can range from absolutely none all the way to pretty much everything. Although those with more experience should be prepared to open their mouths, and those with less to open their ears.

We are going to get rad on the old golf course. Come mash in the grass with us and put away a couple cold ones.

Cheers,
Yeah You Ride

Where we’ll be. West of Pan-Am, head into the park towards the lake off Zach Taylor.

CX Location