South Florida According to Brooklyn: More Bike Rally Talk

Fort Lauderdale had its own alley cat bike race this last weekend, the River Rat race put on by Justin Brunetti, who does the South Florida Fixed blog. It was sponsored by the Bike Spot, Atlantic Bikes, and Keirin Cycles of Miami, and they all also donated their time by working at the race's check points. This was an awesome weekend, an awesome race and an all-around great time.

If you're unfamiliar with an alley cat race, it goes like this. First you're given a manifest (map) of the check points -- in this race, there were 15. There are volunteers at each check point, and at each one you have to get your manifest stamped before you move on to the next one. There is no specific order in which they have to be completed; it's up to you to figure out the fastest route to get between them all. Once you get the last stamp, you haul ass to the finish line.

Afterwards, everyone hangs out and talk shit. We had a pretty good afterparty for this one, with out-of-towners from St. Pete, Orlando and Gainesville. It's always good to see people travel for these races. It just shows that the local bike community is growing, and even though it's small, there is more and more camaradery here.

Five Albums I'm Listening to This Week: 1) Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf. 2) Alkaline Trio, Crimson. 3) Bane, Give Blood. 4) Converge, Jane Doe. 5) Murder City Devils, The End.

Instead of a quote this week, I would like to say. my thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Jose Carrera of Ochoplacas. Jose was a great person and friend, and my heart goes out to them.