By now everyone should know this already. The King of All Alleycats, Monster Track, a brakeless race on the streets of NYC, due to take place today got cancelled 'cos "Our reasons are many but the overall factor was that the race has become unmanageable due to the large participation and our concern for the participant’s safety.”
Actually only the main event, the Alley Cat race got cancelled, not the side events so go there if you're in NYC, it will be fun anyway.
Here's the full press release:
"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The organizers of Monster Track 2008 have decided, after careful consideration, to cancel this year’s main race.
This decision did not come easy and was debated at length. Our reasons are many but the overall factor was that the race has become unmanageable due to the large participation and our concern for the participant’s safety.
As many of you know, Monster Track started as a race held for a small, close group of NYC bike messengers. It has now become an overwhelmingly all-inclusive event. This, on its face, may seem like a positive direction for a race but in the context of a solely track bike alleycat it brings many problems. First and foremost, the safety of the racers is compromised. We believe that this is not a tenable position for race organizers.
Although the main race is canceled, please join us for Gold Sprints on Friday evening, Fixed Gear Competition (track stands, skids, footdown, freestyle, sprints, etc.) on Saturday and the Velo City Tour, at Kissena Velodrome on Sunday.
Schedule of Events:
Friday March 7, 8PM Goldsprints at Third Ward 195 Morgan Ave. Brooklyn
Saturday March 8, 1PM Fixed Gear Comp and injured messenger fundraiser at Rocky’s South 5th St. at Kent Ave. Brooklyn
Sunday March 9, 12PM Velo City Track Competition at Kissena Velodrome Booth Memorial Ave near Kissena Blvd. Queens"