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Halloween Alleycat

While most in downtown Manhattan were out and about trying to gather essentials to live on during their Amish vacations…

Story Andrew Rodriguez - andrew@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Cristian Zuniga

Top three at Affinity Cycles Photo ©Cristian Zuniga

This year’s Halloween wasn’t an average one for most of us. With Sandy hitting and wiping out power in Lower Manhattan up to midtown, along with neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens; for some, trick-or-treating was the last of our worries. While most in downtown Manhattan were out and about trying to gather essentials to live on during their Amish vacations, this group of loyal cyclists weren’t going to let Sandy ruin their yearly tradition of racing in costume on Halloween.

As if alleycats weren’t dangerous enough, the lack of street and traffic lights, and the abundance of unguided traffic make this race seem like a death wish. I’ve taken part in multiple alleycats, but the thought of racing in this one made me fear for the worst; too many variables for me to account for whilst riding a bike. However, I seemed to be alone on this one as the race had a decent turn out of people meeting on the dark and desolate Mulberry Street.

Not only did this race prove how crazy the bike messenger community is, it proved how devoted these guys are to keeping their culture alive. Felipe, the race organizer was giving cash prizes out of his own wallet, as well as, a cycling hat and helmet off his head. First place went to the Red Bull sponsored rider Austin, second place went to two-time MonsterTrack winner Crihs, and third went to Masiny. First female was Roz and second was Alexandra. Austin’s words as he stepped up to the podium at Affinity Cycles sums up this race pretty well: “I just want to thank everybody for not dying.”

Best Costume, Thor ©Cristian Zuniga

Monkey Business Photo ©Cristian Zuniga

Rush Hour Photo ©Cristian Zuniga

Runnin' Numbers Photo ©Cristian Zuniga

The Squad Photo ©Cristian Zuniga

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