NACCC 2017 & Pre-Event


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The summer is as always an exciting time, work slows down, people find themselves with some free time, and everyone can make some excuses to skip town for a bit. This year two of my favorite events – Minneapolis’s “All City Championships” and The North American Cycle Courier Championships coincided within the same two weeks in the blissful late august Midwest. We arrived to mpls on a thursday built our bikes up and started what would turn out to be a pretty wild trip. ACC consists of 3 days of events – SK After dark (alleycat) Bike Jerks Bandit Cx and the Main Shindig on Saturday. Being the pre-event for NACCC many people were brought to mpls for their first time, and once seeing how those fools got down they will likely make it a yearly stop just like myself. After the weekend of events, the few if any hours of sleep, and stupid inside jokes already making the rounds through the group – about 20 of us geared up and started the Pre- ride to Milwaukee, WI which would be a 4 day 3 night 380mi~ adventure through the middle of Wisconsin. A few of us had done the reverse of this ride a few years back when the NACCC was in MPLS, and woah what a trip it was retracing our steps 3 years later. The scenery of WI is Beautiful- rolling hills for days, cows, bluffs, tunnels, and my favorite the rails to trail. Jeff Oneil did a fantastic job routing us and keeping the group together oh and of course telling us how many mile to go every 5 min. We finally rolled into Milwuakee and were greeted by everyone at Cafe with free beers and friends.  Turns out that same weekended was the Harley Davidson 115th anniversary so the streets of Mke were swarmed with two wheel Vehicles of all sorts, it was rad. After a long ride no way better to sooth the tired muscles with  an out of towner alleycat and Karaoke party which is exactly what we did.  The NACCC organizers somehow scored an entire elementary school campus to use as the course for the main race which we spent many an hour at over the next few days. Siting atop a small hill in the Hay-market district, they provided a challenging course with elevation sharp turns gravel and alley ways. By far my favorite course to date.

Just wanna say thanksthanksthanks to all of the Organizers for giving us one hell of a Mess vacation and congrats to Allan Shaw for taking home the NACCC overall win, against all odds we could say.  I wish i had the words to describe how fuckin’ insane and fun the whole trip was but I just can’t, guess you’ll just have to see for yourself…


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MASH7187Bay Area racers woke up to rain on November 26th and that is a special treat for this part of California. The CX Nation Cup was a new race course in Sonoma and it was ripping fun. It had the standard long straight grass sections expected at these events but over half of the route was more technical and as the day went on, became a proper mess. Enclosed are some details from a day of racing the CX Nation Cup.MASH6873AdvertisingMASH6918MASH6876MASH6902MASH7004Chelsea changed her program mid-season this year, and is starting to see those results. It was a blast to see her dig in.MASH7102The new Santa Cruz Stigmata team bikes are ripping. The carbon is built up to create a more forgiving ride, with this same ripping geo. MASH7143File tread is a common tire pattern for our dry race season. Skinny mud tires with tons of clearance worked on this day. MASH7274Always fun to race with the Vive La Tarte team here in the Bay.MASH7365MASH7209MASH7447Red on the racers rightMASH7124MASH6974MASH7226MASH7517Chelsea took 2nd for the Elite Women.MASH7593MASH7606Pit bikes would be nice for these conditions, as mud added weight and resistance quickly to all the racers.MASH7563MASH7508MASH7572OakMASH7656MASH6895The team is racing on our new X-Grid tape. Rubberized, so it is super grippy in all conditions.MASH6869Dylan finding his own way of staying warm and dry. Time to get out of the van and race bikes.MASH6861Bike Monkey supported the event and ran the timing for all the races. Thank you.MASH7403MASH7856MASH7833Chas coming out of a wet rooted section that was ran more then ridden.MASH7612This section was made up of a series of rollers both up and down before heading back into the trees.MASH8146Crihs was in town for the holiday, so was nice seeing him in nature, where there are bugs and poison oak.MASH8307Lots of this all day.MASH8641MASH8628This was the first time Chas raced CX with disc brakes and he was so hyped at the end of the race with no mechanicals and brakes that worked in the wet and mud. Three years ago it was death before…MASH8590Sometimes the best line was on the grassy edge. MASH8576The faster line often put you in the bushes.MASH7802When one racer would bobble a technical section, it was a chain reaction slowing the next line of racers until the gap.MASH8170MASH8208MASH9061Found object.MASH8849Down + outMASH9142Out + backMASH9659MASH9484Chas is always so positive in races and his energy is contagious. Fully muddy tongue for an hour of racing.MASH9447MASH8795The oak leaves on top of the wet earth made for some very slippery sections.MASH8454Glasses did not help on this day, but once racers eyes filled with mud, it took tears to continuously flush them.MASH8223MASH8789MASH8048MASH8191Kell smashes but found a flat with only a lap or two to go.MASH7121As a photographer I love these course tape drawings in nature.MASH8543Brue is 40 and putting in some of his best racing of his carier.MASH9411MASH9439Ryan fully coated.MASH9671Cantis did not stop at all. You could tell the fixed gear riders by hearing the foot jam brakes coming into a corner on a descent.MASH9773Not recommended.MASH9764Thank for making this race happen. The proceeds go to help Junior development teams and their campaign to race at cx nats in Reno. Such an awesome reason to come out and race and support the kids.MASH9709WinnerMASH9716LoserMASH9812MASH9819Makeshift laundry rack.MASH9739Dylan is new to racing geared bikes but is learning what all the cogs and levers do. This day may have been better suited for a single speed.MASH9732MASH9789MASH9758That’s a wrap. Thank you CX Nation and Bike Monkey for making it happen and helping support the Junior program.




MASH3189An email message can lead to nothing or something. One was from an old friend, Yohei Hanazwa, who produces crazy events in Japan now. You might remember him from the friends chapter of our 2007 video. He let us know that official Keirin had tracked him down and asked if he knew how to get in touch with MASH. To promote the 2020 Olympics coming to Japan, Keirin was organizing a large event at the Izu velodrome, inviting national and international racers to compete and wanted to invite us. Incredible! Track Party was a one day event that encompassed a fixed criterium, a box jump demo,  a flatland demo, live music, comedians as announcers, gold sprints, vendors, and a ton of track racing. Enclosed are details from this special time in Japan getting hyped on bikes.


The Izu velodrome is a magnificent structure. Modern indoor tracks come at a steep cost, but are a requirement for a nation applying to host the Olympic games. The Izu velodrome is five years new and is perfect. It is built on a cycling campus that includes multiple velodromes and a Keirin school, which hosts training and racing for the state and national level teams. Programs like this are crucial for the future of this sport community.

It was a massive rush to be invited to race on this Olympic level velodrome. MASH was born on the street, helping adopt bikes intended for velodrome use and contributing to the fluidity they bring to the streets. Over the past 12 years, the velodrome has been a part of our community, but admittedly, a smaller piece than other cycling formats. It could be location, with the closest track an hour away by car, but a core group from SF have made the pilgrimage year after year to train and race at Hellyer.

Ever wonder what those high speed cameras that record photo finishes look like?

Track racing has been part of the Olympic games for 120 years and with the rise of urban cycling feeding into fixed gear criteriums, there has not been a spike in track cycling that reflects the rise of the bikes born from the velodrome.

Happy to have been able to bring Duke on this trip. He raced, explored, soaked, and ate some new stuff.
MASH2024Outside the velodrome, several events, displays, vendor tents, and a fixed criterium all happened in the rain.

A bento tray carrying race

Meet the press

The women’s Keirin racing program is growing in Japan. It still feels a bit sexualized, but we hope to see this component mature in the coming years.

Who’s ready to go back inside?

Beautiful Seiko lap timer for the fixed criterium
MASH2048Nickolas’s Kalavinka street bike

Traveling around the world to race bikes is an incredible opportunity. Rainier and Chas have found themselves in so many inspiring moments together over the years, and this trip was one of them.

Qualifiers required putting in a fast lap. Sub 10 second laps transferred you to the main events.

Ultra-high-performance sports speak less and less to the new generation, and this is a concern for its organizers. A skateboarder has a low buy-in to their sport. They can roll around in the area they live and progress. Cycling has a more expensive entry that can come easier to some. Velodromes can offer youth programs and loaner equipment to help those who show potential, but do not facilitate a support system that can fund the required commitment and expenses. The facility and the equipment seem to be limiters for growth to the sport.MASH3801




This Derny had a live camera feed to the projection screens offering a live view of the first few laps in some of the events.MASH3314

Theo Bos is really fast.

Like a skate park, a velodrome can be a community center – a place where those interested can meet, share ideas, train, learn and race together. This trip was challenging to digest as a high performance sport. It felt like the future of these spaces and this level of competition could be less exclusive – opening these spaces to after school programs, maybe using the infields for mixed use like skate parks.

View from the top of the bank looking down

This is Yohei, you might know him from the friends section of a video we released in 2007. He is an event organizer in Japan, and helped bring us on this trip. Thank you for helping make it happen!MASH2928

The flatland demo went on throughout the day, making a fun use of the infield.MASH2764

A racer changing his gearing between race formats.MASH2755MASH2955MASH3090MASH2526

Roller race set up for adults and kids

Duke warming up in a quiet spotMASH3793MASH3119MASH2894MASH1973MASH1960MASH1880MASH1691MASH1670MASH2909MASH2884


Chas raced on one of the frames he hand painted


The equipment can make a difference. If you are fast, you simply are. When the races come down to a fraction of a second, the technology matters. A $7,000.00 wheelset makes a difference at the line, and the list goes on. The clothing can shave as much time as the bike and when you are defining winning and losing by a fraction of time, it all adds up.MASH3969

Duke traveled from London to race bikes. This was his first time to Japan.MASH4662MASH4730

He won his race, and felt good about his effort.MASH4525MASH4559

Rainier MASH4550MASH4436MASH4465Chas on his last of an eight lap individual pursuit.

Hirotaka MASH4762MASH4822MASH3898

The Black Socks Bicycle Club had 2 racers make the podium in the fixed crit, then racing on the track. These guys do a ton for urban cycling in Japan.MASH4880MASH4897MASH4921MASH5145MASH4992MASH5150MASH4392MASH3882MASH3834

With the Summer Games coming to Japan in 2020, we hope to get back to the Track Party again and celebrate cycling with this community. Thank you for making it happen!


DFL 3 2017

MASH0402DFL is a longstanding tradition in San Francisco. This group of friends have organized underground cyclocross races in the Bay for 23 years and have helped shape the community here, no question. As members grow and have families of their own, the turnout is a mix of new racers learning about these traditions, racing side-by-side with the founding members of the hush-hush race series. It is perfect.
MASH0298The following moments capture the energy and spirit of the series, found by word-of-mouth, on a week night in an empty park, Hunters Point, SF CA.

MASH9504Drag race

MASH9551Ride the snake
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The next generation

Wild fennel often dominates this dry landscape

East side of the courseMASH9605




This part of the city was human made by filling the bay to create more land.



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MASH0311Thank you to the DFL family for keeping SF fun.




why does my neck moan with stiff pain after *only* fifteen hours of sitting still
and yet the burning scratches and punches all
over my ass and shoulder –(ripped clothing i packed in my bags anyway)–
bring me joy and cockiness; honor.
leaving for home through a well-lit funnel, self-corralling into groups
(Did i forget anything?)
how much for the fridge magnet?
I hope the memories stay with me forever
why did the road smell like the sweat of all my nervous buddies playing
war games with their skin and toys
— eating and drinking —
re-checking, tighten this, tie that, clean, wipe, walk, sleep.
a small set of ticks and distractions****** ***** *  *   * **  *** ** *
how will all the other visitors experience Barcelona? those three thousand tourists a day?
Not lucky enough to come around the world to choose pain and exhaustion
over shopping and mojitos and more pictures of those old churches
five hundred “Brave Knights,” no swords, no armies, no fight for survival,
find only results on a piece of paper
ripped or maybe the tape failed
(at midnight it will be piled up with the rest of the advertisements and beer cups)
Why can’t I feel the same emotion when I visit Sagrada Familia? that i feel when I see
friends and acquaintances and strangers
*rip muscle fibers and convert glucose*
on a pavement beach north of the city?
Why is it more meaningful to hear banging and whistles and a man on the microphone shout my name (!!)
why does the fear of other people’s desire to win
put me higher up than the roofs, give me more than artworks made two thousand years ago?

how does the floaaAAT FEEL WHEN YOU got to… slow it downnn, (ouch. ouch. ouch. the twing*!shin!* in my long tendons

or the strain of my legs and back–like the scratching of a rope as he pulls the lobster catch over the edge
<We pay for the opportunity not to ride anywhere we want
but inside a metal cage>
–screaming at each other to GO! (WOAH) fuck you–GO *shit* (holy shit) OoahH!–fuck.
meanwhile, the asphalt waits to catch us if we slip.
once all the light is gone, we force ourselves into spaces
not large enough to fit our desire to be the first out of corner 8.
–who chases us? —Where are we going? —-What is wrong with you? —–What the fuck you fucking asshole?
There isn’t even enough time to look up to see when it will be over.
I walk off full of the minutes I just lost to the complete focus on making wheels spin.
The absurdity of the race sprints up to my face faster than we were ever travelling.
I already can’t remember why I tried so hard to find the front when I did.
I will do this again and again as long as they will let me.MASH6401

Velòdrom d’Horta RHC 2017

MASH3920With no rain in the forecast, racers visiting Barcelona for the Red Hook Criterium met at the D’Horta Velodrome to spin legs in preparation for to tomorrow’s main event. With clouds helping keep the temperatures low, a solid group took turns putting down laps on this historic velodrome. It had been years since visiting this track, and was happy to see the remodel wearing in nice. Enclosed are a series of photos from the morning.



MASH2739Resistance Racing gathered up the crew and headed to the Port of Oakland for stop three of their Track-X series. Racers met on a warm Sunday afternoon, ate tacos, enjoyed a coffee or beer, registered, and lined up to race mostly brakeless track bikes in the sandy landfill that is the port. Enclosed are some photo details for the day. MASH2592Massive cargo ships unload fidget spinners and whatever else as a backdrop for some bike racing.MASH2602Tacos and coffee reg was so nice. Thank you!MASH268553 for the dirtMASH2684MASH2625MASH2611UCI testing some road disc options for the 2018 road seasonMASH2681Quick negotiation MASH2765MASH2770MASH2850GO!MASH2785stopMASH2691GO!MASH3180MASH2953Jeff made a good showing having not been on a track bike in the dirt maybe ever.MASH2975Chas so was hungry to get out front eary and hold it. He won, and is in the lead for the series.MASH2804MASH3023MASH2950MASH2903Kel is a beast. He chased Chas on this day, but there is always tomorrow. 2nd for the day.MASH2884MASH3066MASH3093Drez was the only kid out there, and did the entire race. You inspire us!MASH3310MASH3364Wild lifeMASH3140Hand up recipient MASH304340 minutes of brakeless ripping in the loose sand and dirtMASH32433MASH3233Ferda BoysMASH3227Nick and Jean counted laps, and placed the podiumMASH3241MASH3333PodiumMASH3342Wet PodiumMASH3381Rolling cargo keg stands. Why notMASH3383Thanks for organizing, and look for Golden Gate Park next!



MASH0114Red Hook Brooklyn has grown to become a cyclist pilgrimage over the past 10 years. A race that was born on cobbles, at night, lit by a few street lamps, with Dave Trimble’s long game vision, it has become the premium bike race for the 200 athletes who show up to qualify at each city stop. As the format has grown in popularity, so has the level of performance, drawing Olympians and pro tour racers along with messengers and working class athletes. The following series was photographed on April 29th 2017 at the 10th Anniversary of the Red Hook Criterium. MASH0921The quality of this series of races has surpassed what is expected at state-level bike racing. Dave, with a group of employees, and volunteers are able to take this show on the road each year, with stops in London, Barcelona, and Milano in 2017.MASH0968MASH1010Dylan began at Specialized as an intern, and was quickly handed the task of designing their RHC team identity for 2017. We met Dylan straight out of High School, and it has been a pleasure to watch him grow into his own person. MASH0852Jason supports his Affinity team members with saftey pins and emotional support. MASH0949Dan Chabanov has dismanted the men’s field at these races in years past. He has been creating some quality recap pieces for RHC with Cycling Tips.MASH0397We met Duke through his community efforts around street racing in London. It was rad to see him come out to New York and take a spot in the group 2 qualifier.MASH0646MASH0426MASH0122The event is shot from multiple broadcast cameras and sent to screens so spectators can keep up with the race. We hope this feed is pushed live online one day.MASH0892MASH0345Having come off a top 10 finish at Mission Crit the weekend before, Chas was excited to qualify and race with riders from around the world. The new qualifying format is far safer than years past. These shorter races keep the tempo up for the 20 minutes, which makes it exciting and less confusing. MASH0382MASH0322MASH0909MASH0884Appreciating each other’s bikes is a highlight of these large cycling themed gatherings.MASH0930MASH0865MASH0668Having had a strong showing at his only RHC race of 2016, Evan was looking forward to the 2017 Brooklyn stop. This is his seventh year racing this series on these brakeless race bikes, and he has a strong grasp on the psychology of racing in close quarters at night.MASH0767After painting some bikes for friends, it was fun to see Evan make one for himself. Check the full details and specs HERE.MASH0901Race updates are printed and posted for review by participants. MASH0778Our friend, Kosuke Masuda, created art by hand for the team skin suits and helmets while  Al Nelson also helped with the design for the 2017 race season. MASH0910MASH0834MASH0692MASH0871Racers who qualified for the main events had time to go rest and come back for some night racing.MASH0945There is no shortage of media at these events. In the past, there was push back from road racing teams not wanting their team members to race at these events in fear of getting hurt, but with high level of press that comes from these races, the road teams flipped and now want their racers out there in the mix.MASH0946Crashing is part of these races. It is a rarity to see a crash at a road criterium, and it freaks everyone out. It is not uncommon to have a dozen crashes with some major injuries at RHC.MASH0959The racer staging area in the cruise terminal is set up with care. Both cyclists and runners have access to equipment that could be cumbersome to fly with.MASH0941MASH1013MASH0942MASH0992MASH0956Legs up between qualifying and racing.MASH0928If you did not make the cut, you lined the course to scream for friends who became the night’s entertainment. MASH1027The Cruise terminal sits on the water, looking out at Manhattan, and this gift from France. MASH1161Barriers are set up on the outside of the course. The plastic sponsor advertising becomes a drum during the race and creates a rolling rumble as racers pass.MASH1268The women’s race started with a terrible crash on the first straight where the route narrowed to a single lane.MASH1215MASH1391Without an official live feed, online spectators could search for live feeds through social media.MASH1275Colleen Gulick took home the W for the women on this night.MASH1285MASH1363Dave keeps his cool through this massive production littered with complaints, injuries, victories, and celebrations. He started this race as a self-celebratory birthday, and he has grown it into a career.MASH1393The qualified men line up in pole position with the fastest qualifying race winner on the front row solo.MASH1624100 racers flood the final race with the fastest racers moving to the front in the first lap to avoid a chance of crashing in the congested field.MASH1462By the second lap through, it was clear to the spectators that this was going to be a ripping fast race.MASH1373Team support was littered along the sidelines if needed during the race.MASH1612Stefan and Colin break mid-race and with the support of their teammates leading the chase group, they were able to open up a 29 second gap.MASH1616MASH1696Chas in the chase.MASH1860MASH1575Evan was crashed out in the hairpin and then bridged back up to the chase group before the race was stopped on a red flag.MASH1769MASH1741The leadMASH1746The chaseMASH1773MASH1919Cesar Valenzuela dominated Colin Strickland at the Mission Crit the weekend before. On this night, Cesar was leading the chase group with 5 laps to go, but came out of the hairpin into a sprint. Without looking up, he put himself into the barriers resulting in a broken collarbone. He is healing, and we expect this young racer to come back strong.MASH1961MASH1695MASH1947The spectators alley wrapped by one of the hairpin turns.MASH1595MASH2010The front of the chase group was dominated by teams invested in racers in the break. Slowing, blocking, and whatever psychological game is going on in this photo continues with just a few laps to go. It takes a strong team to do well in these races in the modern age.MASH1828MASH2078Evan and Addison sprinted for 7th and 8th for the night.MASH1780Partied outMASH2102MASH2156Dan Chavanov for Cycling Tips.MASH1085New York, thank you for welcoming racers from around the world to put it all out there. Thank you to Red Hook Crit, its organizers, volunteers, and sponsors for making it all happen. Thanks to the racers for showing up and keeping it fun.

See you in London!

Mike Martin