Can’t wait for the Red Hook Crit that will be taking place next month (March 20th).
Its going to be thrown by the Bicycle Film Festival Crew and promises to rock!
Spread the good word.
A road map to Kristian Hansen and fun stuff.
Sadly but surely we sometimes go lazy. It has been the case for quite some time now that the Hansen Report has gone soft.
Through a new template design and customization I hope to reinvigorate this darn blog and pump some new blood, enthusiasm and happiness into the Hansen Report space.
For those not in the know, I have recently returned to New York City after an almost two year leave of absence. Its a wonderful feeling being back in my town of ole’ great towns. New York is truly the city that never sleeps, we have a really big Apple and there is a amazing pizza too - I suggest Lombardi’s Pizza if you’re curious.
Anyways, be on the look out for a new series of postings. Excerpts from my new book - that I am laboriously writing - and - pining from yours truly.
Truth is I have been slacking big time with the Hansen Report. But today I was happy to spot a news story worth publishing on the site. It reminded me of my Eagle Project with BSA and how it is becoming harder and harder for fledgling Life Scouts to come up with interesting projects.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
Out here in San Francisco we are celebrating the weekend with QCR - Quake City Rumble Six. Three days of racing, bbqs and beer.
Tomorrow marks the Mountain Lion Alleycat. Lots of hills, speed and misery.
Stay healthy and have fun!
Won’t we all just miss the King of Pop?
Here is a video I made to commemorate this very fragmented individual.
San Francisco has doubled the number of bike lanes (or at least has gained approval for this action) through the lobbying efforts of thousands of SF cyclists. This is awesome.
The impetus for this great act was the rallying efforts of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
It was my pleasure to wake up at the un-godly hour of 7 am last Friday to lend my support to the community and this spirited project.
The resolution passed 45 projects around the city. Kudos to all the volunteers and citizens of San Francisco.
I took a few pictures, but they pretty much sucked, so please refer to the “official” flickr photos embedded by the SFBC.
Its taken a week of recuperating, but finally I am ready to start an actual recounting of the Anarchy of Berlin.
Here are some photos of the city.
Last week was spent cycling through Poland.
We began the journey with 12 riders representing Polish, Australian, American, Irish, British and Dutch messengers. The journey was incredible. Cycling 150km (not 130km) we made it to Poland in one cohesive unit.
The first night we had an alleycat in Gorzow and approximately 35 people came out for the race. I came in 7th overall, which considering the 150km from earlier in the day, I was quite proud of.
The next day we rode some 40km to a small village town of Podogze. There were literally 6 houses in the entire village. We partied in a barn.
Day three we drove cars 300km South to Wroclaw. This town is simply amazing, beautiful and scenic. This was the first night of the PCMC - Polish Cycle Messenger Championships 2009. The crowd swelled now from our small group of 12 to 150 people.
The accomodations for Wroclaw were in these shitty five person bungalows. The walls would creak and shake if you simply placed your back or hand against it for support.
The main race was held in a park nearby. The checkpoints were in the shape of a fish, with each checkpoint named after a part of the fish - dorsalis, fin, etc.
Harry Potter (David) from London got 3rd place, which considering he was from our original group of 12 was really awesome. That night, the disco monkey (Said) got stoned out of his mind. He was insane (lots of video footage to prove it).
Following this we went to the velodrome for individual sprints and Australian racing. Our very own Aussie in residence, Brian Wagner, stole the show and won a brand new track frame. Stavo won the Australian scratch and took home a frame for himself too.
This was supposed to be the end… or was it?
The Warsaw Car Killers Crew - Kaspio Couriers wanted to take the party home. Seeing that a couple of us still had time to kill and zlati to burn we decided to head further east.
The last two days have been spent exploring Warsaw and its nightlife. Its an awesome city, good food, cheap beer and a nonsensical sylabic language.
te hu ya ya bunny!
Photos and Videos to follow.
The pictures and videos that accompanied this portion and the ensuing mayhem will be made available in short order.
Yesterday marked the end of ECMC 2009 in Berlin.
Amidst all the chaos and fun of the race emerges another amazing opportunity, Poland.
There never were any real plans for this trip. It was quite simply done to get a better idea about the European Track Bike/Fixed Gear scene. I wanted to find out about new companies, emerging trends and gain a better ‘global’ perspective on the state of the scene.
Trackstand is in its most raw essence a company devoted towards remaining on the edge in terms of everything track bike related.
So, yesterday I was invited to join a gang of messengers on a 130km group ride/race from Berlin to Gorzów, Poland. From Gorzów we will take a train 200km to Wrocław (Breslau). This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of the first alleycat in Poland. It will include a 5 day party in three cities. This will culminate in the Polish Bike Messenger Championships. 10-5-3 is their motto.
We will have a support vehicle carrying our bags. There will be tents for us to use and the race entry fee is only 6 Euros.
The expectation for this leg of the trip is to explore the great unknown with a mötley crew of messengers spread from throughout the globe. Supposedly there are some guys from Japan, Germany, maybe some Americans and the Polish messengers.