Ask any professional messenger and they'll tell you that the Monstertrack Alleycat race is the grand daddy of all Alleycats. It was started by New York City bike messenger, "Snake", in 2000, and to this day it remains one of the few races that is held specifically for brakeless, fixed gear bicycles. It's currently organized by Carlos "Diablo" and Victor "Freeway" work as bike messengers, race organizers, and alleycat racers. The two made the alleycat scene in New York more popular by extensively using the internet to spread the word about bike racing in New York and now Monstertrack is billed as the second largest alleycat in the nation, attracting racers from all over the US, Europe and Japan.
Monster Track 14 did not disappoint. This breakless fixed gear death dash through the city was held during some of the worst conditions ever with freezing rain and cold temperatures. The unforgiving weather took a toll on most riders who dropped out before the race was completed. Only 8 of the 190+ riders finished all 4 manifests, including the returning veterans. Austin Horse finished in first place followed by Alfred Bobe Jr. in second and Crihs Thorman in third. Big ups to Chas from SF killing it as well. This race is a true testament to real riders killing it in the streets.