Want to say Thanks to everybody who was a part of my vida loca this year! We lost some great people and dealt with some major stress from this that and the other amirite.
So proud and happy to see my kids growing and thriving right before my eyes. They are every bit the healthy barbarians I wished for and am enjoying being a part of their development even when they drive me and their Mom nuts haha.
Big Thanks to my business partner Marc Maclean. You Sir are a gentleman and a scholar! Also want to shout out Jen, Jesse, Andrii and Sean for helping us thru the holiday mayhem.
Our clients are great to work with and am regularly amazed at how friendly and caring they can be!
Francis and I earlier this week
Our buds at 1 Penn Mess Center are the absolute greatest.
I started working with Manhattan Portage on November 1st. Will be riding at Cyclehawk half the week and doing design and promotions at MP the other half. Have some awesome plans in the works including a Street Team and Pro Messenger Line.
Please have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday!
All the Best for 2017, We Got This!!!
Thanks Homie! Free Download at andyzalan.com
We gathered about 20 presents for Safe Horizon at this years Toys for Tots Alleycat
Weather was tough this week, day of had a good amount of snow !
Eight Warriors of the Tundra braved the holiday crowds and about as many brought wrapped presents!
Kayla from @roleypoleyracing delivered for her crew
Andrew came all the way from Nyack and wrangled 2nd place
Nillie got 6th overall and best chestnut selfie And! best wrapping job
James pulled the Overall Win for a second year straight
Thanks to All the Awesome people who helped out and participated!
Rad Prizes for the Riders
NYC Velo hosted a checkpoint just like last year
Urban Stems helped out with the wrapping checkpoint
Manhattan Portage donated prizes and received everyone’s presents at their store in soho
Kryptonite donated lights and prizes
Continental donated tubes and prizes
Check more pics at #toysfortotsalleycat !
Thank You, See You Next Year and Happy Holidays to All !!!
Working with Caro to provide toys for children at Safe Horizon
We can’t do it without You! Come thru this Saturday and be a part of it.
Check Out Last Year’s Write Up: http://www.cyclehawk.com/toys-for-tots-alleycat-2015/
See You Saturday, Snow or Shine!
Feel lucky to be interviewed by L’Equipe crew when I was in Paris for the Cycle Messenger World Championships this past summer! Picture above shows me explaining how I would choke pedestrians and taxi drivers when I was younger.
Toys will be donated to local NYC shelter Safe Horizon
Check out last year: http://www.cyclehawk.com/toys-for-tots-alleycat-2015/
See You There!!!
Psyched I got to be a part of the magic this past Saturday! It was the 18th Annual!!!
Big Thanks to all the Volunteers, Sponsors and Participants! 300 People came Thru.
Ken celebrated his 10th year as organizer! Sadie’s first one so far..
Check this vid I shot in 2008, had my little dude with me. Twas a wee bit chilly..
More than 50 events under the Cranksgiving banner this year!
BEST CHARITY RIDE EVAAAR
Check out more at cranksgiving.org
Sanja and Dave took 3rd Place
Manhattan Portage Provided the Mini Messenger Bags
Mandi and Cooper got 2nd!
Cassandra and Crihs for the Win!
Crihs got the Mer Bag !
Head’s Up Brooklyn! Cassandra is organizing December 3rd:
Bronx had one this year too! Check it: @bronxcranksgiving
Patagonia hosted the rad afterparty, still taking donations thru the 29th!
Hey did you get one of the rad mini wheel lock/bottle opener/compass jammers
from Kryptonite ? Hit me up if you need help setting the combo!
Want to give a shout to the originator Tone!
Check the OG Archives here: http://www.cranksgiving.net/
Until Next Year..
Ride Safe and Hope to See You Soon
Want to shout out Shardy and the whole TOD crew for stepping up to help our community on the regular. Last Friday they hosted a 2 Lap Jam at Prospect Park to benefit a friend in need!
Congrats to the Winners Vince and Carla took top male and female Luis and David got 2nd and 3rd.
Carla photo by Shardy
Vince Rides with Echelon Cycles Crew
Track or Die also hosts the Road to Success, a program to encourage NYC High School Students !
Feeling stressed about the recent election? No worries, TOD got you covered. Grab your bike and come out tonite to pedal off some steam at the Presidential Cat
Thanks! http://www.trackordienyc.com/ See You on the Street!
This past Friday I worked a checkpoint for Caro’s Race, BRUJA’S REVENGE!
This was the second annual and competition was open to all those who identify as ladies!
Cheers to all who came thru and made it a most memorable event fo sho!
Special Thanks to All the sponsors who are supporting ladies in urban bike and especially Kryptonite for their support this year and last
and! Manhattan Portage for sponsoring this years top prize of Roundtrip Airfare to the 25th Annual Cycle Messenger World Championships to be held in Montreal August 12-13, 2017. FB: https://www.facebook.com/cmwc2017/
Congratulations Grace from Queens on taking the Big Win!! See You in Montreal : )
Thanks Meg for coming thru in the clutch with all these Rad Photos!!!
Did a little Q and A with Caro, Check it!
Who Are You:
Im Caro Ruiz the flower girl of new york city haha
Where Are You From:
im originally from san antonio texas, moved out to new york may 4th of 2015!
How long have you been a bike messenger:
i became a messenger my second week in nyc, im coming up on a year and 6 months!
Why do you love your job so much:
i absolutely love riding my bike, and delivering flowers 8 hours a day, no matter how crappy the weather is, to see others smile makes its all worth it. im about others happiness before mine for sure, my job helps me w sending happiness to others all day.
Why did you organize Bruja’s Revenge:
i organized this event again this year because i was beyond happy w how many women had such a great time in 2015, a lot of first timers came out and were ecstatic that they completed their first alleycat, that they couldnt wait for next years.. so it was only right to keep the ball rollin for more women to race their first time w mala bruja, and provide such a positive, welcoming fun experience for women to race in this alleycat.
Why should sponsors be interested in your event:
sponsors should be interested in this event because i feel this gives such a fun, positive, competitive and great experience for all women to test their abilities on the streets of manhattan. a great way for sponsors to get their name out there in such a way, that ladies will snag their sponsored item and talk about how they won this item and how awesome this item is or works ! a word of mouth from a memorable, happy, experience being passed around in such a positive way.
Why are more ladies participating in urban bike now:
its an empowering feeling, sense of freedom for more women to ride and feel more comfortable riding in the streets of new york, or in general.
Do you have a favorite season and why:
i’d say my fav season is fall. colours of the leaves start changing, jacket weather and im also no longer sweating buckets w a helmet on haha
What gives you the strength to move forward when times are tough:
the fact that im in new york w no family here deff keeps me movinf forward. also, im aware that what i do motivates others, how hard i work, throwing events and remaining positive through it all, i dont ever like letting anyone down, especially anyone who looks up to me or i motivate. so the thought of all of that runs through my head and makes me snap out of any unmotivated thoughts i have, plus my boyfriend constantly pushes me to power through it all.
What do you see yourself doing in five years:
in 5 years, i have zero clue! i deff see myself on a bike, still throwing these motivaiting races for women,trans folks, hopefully traveling more and throwing events in other cities, even working in other cities. i have no plan on where ill be in 5 years, i just know im guna stay motivated, stay wearing a helmet and keep pedal pushin’
Positive thought for the world:
no matter who thinks how crazy your passions are, dreams seem to be, do what makes YOU happy. make YOURself proud of what YOU do. be happy within yourself and all your positivie vibes will rub off onto other people and motivate others in a way you wouldnt believe.