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Line of Sight

They also hate us because they wish they could ride this way. It’s like showing fire to a caveman.

Story by Andrew Rodriguez - andrew@kodezero.com Photos ©Christian Torres

Lucas Brunelle photo©Christian Torres

CBK: What made you decide to start filming these alleycats?

LB: I wanted to take viewers where they’d never been before. An alleycat race has the most variables of any race in the world. What other race do you pass a million people in cars who you’ve never met?

 CBK: Would you say you were the first person to film alleycats via helmet cam?

LB: Yes, I would say I’m the first. When I started this in 2002, I uploaded videos to a server and these videos got millions of hits which crashed out multiple servers.

CBK: You’ve been doing this for about ten years, what are some of the differences between alleycats then and now?

LB: Alleycats now are viewed on film by millions and have more and larger sponsors. There are now alleycats with hundreds of racers. Despite this growth alleycats do not attract the attention of the police because riders are so skilled that they don’t cause accidents or reason for police to intervene.

CBK: You follow some of the fastest alleycat racers in the world, How do you keep up with them to get all this great footage?

LB: I’m still a Cat 2 racer and have very fast equipment such as full carbon bikes.

CBK: What were the best and worst experiences you’ve had making this film?

LB: The best experience has been all of the people who’ve told me how much I’ve inspired them to ride or ride faster and take more risks.

The worst experience has been the incredible minutia involved in making a feature film. I stuck to my vision in the end.

CBK: What is the most enjoyable city to ride in? Why?

LB: NYC, the place is made for alleycats and most of my friends are there.

CBK: What city do you get the most shit in for riding the way you do in these alleycats?

LB: A city where there’s elaborate infrastructure for bikes such as Copenhagen.

Lucas Brunelle photo©Christian Torres

CBK: I know this was asked during the film festival, but who was the hardest person to keep up with while filming in NYC? There can only be one!

LB: Ok, that would be Crihs Thormann.

CBK: Who was the craziest, ‘no regard for their life’ type of rider?

LB: I can’t think of any because the riders I’m with are very fast and consistent.

CBK: How many times have you been injured doing this? Worst Injury?

LB: I’ve been injured maybe six times, all minor. Worst injury was when I was showing off in a parking lot and took skin off my hip and arm in a high speed crash. I scraped my hip to the bone.

CBK: Have you ever been arrested while filming?

LB: Not yet. I have been chased by the police during an alleycat.

CBK: What was your most memorable close call?

LB: I was heading down Central Park West during an alleycat and got distracted by one of my cameras running out of battery. I veered into oncoming traffic and my friend Alfred Bobé screamed at me just in time.

CBK: While you do have a strong following; like the credits in your film say, there are haters. Do you have anything to say to the people who are against this lawless, ‘no holds bars’ type of riding?

LB: Haters are threatened by our type of riding because they’ve been taught to follow convention, which is outdated laws and unsafe riding. They also hate us because they wish they could ride this way. It’s like showing fire to a caveman.

CBK: If someone offered you a check for a million dollars for you to stay off a bicycle for the rest of your life would you take it?

LB: Hell No.

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