Words: Matt Watson [Team Pedlas Pursuit] Photography: Jevgeni Repponen [East London Fixed]
Recently the MashSF crew were over in London to premiere their new film. Over the course of the weekend, there was an alleycat race on Friday night, bike messengers’ games on Saturday and a social ride on Sunday. Fixed Gear London organised the alleycat, with everything kicking off from Cycle PS in Camberwell.
Manifests were given to the riders before the event, enabling everybody to plan their route. There were 13 checkpoints in total, with two evidently fastest routes – clockwise or anticlockwise. Myself and Kris Snell (both from team Pedlas Pursuit) chose to go anti-clockwise with the help from Leo [Mr D’Menor bikes]. Like most alleycat races, the starts are chaotic and this one was no different.
The race was a lot of fun, with Leo, Kriss and I riding the majority of the check points together. There was a short police chase, going down one way and all the usual shananagins. It wasn’t until the final two check points that the race really heated up. There was about seven of us riding in a group until our second to last check point at the Oval. From there it was a mad dash back to CyclePs. Luckily I had the legs on the night, beating Kris to the line (he even rode the last bit with an ever increasing deflating tyre!) and Ovadryve came third. Which makes it all the first three places conquered by pushbike couriers !
Shout outs to all the riders that took part, MashSF for a sick weekend and the whole cycling community that came together and shared what was a fantastic weekend.
Special thanks to Pedlas, D’menor bikes, Fixed gear london and Cycle PS.