alleycat race

by Julia Gotz August. 24, 2007 19904 views

There is a bicycle film festival [] in Toronto right now. Coinciding with it is a street race, sponsored by my favorite bike store [], La Carrera.

Streetracing videos by Lucas Brunelle on his website. []

I decided to stay in colour for these - how could I resist?

Out of the race early, with a smashed bike and probably a concussion. Witnesses say he flew 10 feet in the air. Alleycat racing - through traffic on city streets - is a high risk sport. Motorists hate these guys as much as these guys hate bad drivers.

I'm at a checkpoint, the bike store, which is one of many in this race. Riders have to get to each checkpoint, in any order they wish, drop their bikes and go in to get recorded, then get back on the road as fast as possible. I'm staying out of the way and grabbing what I can.

One of the front runners. He's traversed the city east and west, north and south - at 5 pm on a Friday, in rush hour traffic.

I'm drawn by the intensity and commitment.

The physical ability and endurance is incredible. Everyone has a version of this lean, wiry muscle type. I think it's all about stamina, quick reflexes and no fear (or, on second thought, a hunger for excitement that outweighs fear).

race over - doesn't he look happy?

I love the culture apart.

And this guy is the winner. Beautiful expression.

Lucas Brunelle, street racer and bike film maker, with his camera helmet.

his films are as close as the rest of us can get to this crazy sport. If you can watch one of the videos on his website without feeling the excitement, you are probably dead.

the man beneath the camera

C'est La Vie - his motto, fits the occasion.

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Daniel 13 years, 10 months ago

crazy idea for a race! It must be quite a rush. Do they have to mind traffic laws? Do city authorities sanction or denounce the event?

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Andrea Motroni 13 years, 11 months ago

I liked this set a lot. i also watched the videos by Lucas Brunelle. It's fascinating and also a lot scary. I like biking but this is something else for sure. It would be nice to see them in Italian traffic jams.

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Soyam 13 years, 11 months ago

yeah! great!

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jendayee 13 years, 11 months ago

very interesting set ! great shots !

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
Lisa 13 years, 11 months ago

Fantastic set! I've only seen a couple of the videos because mostly I have to watch with my eyes covered. I think they are insane but I like their casual attitude a whole lot more than some snooty roadies around here!

So many times I've wished for a helmet cam on my commutes to work. But I'm not sure I could wear this helmet every day!

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
Abe Jackson 13 years, 11 months ago

very intense

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
Reeta_Beeta 13 years, 11 months ago

#1 is fantastic!!!

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jack 13 years, 11 months ago

Looks like a wild sport and good photo op. I agree, these are made for color, especially # 1. I would like to see video from the helmet cameras. What is the web site ?

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
Matt Ross 13 years, 11 months ago

Great set. Interesting sport.

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
Alessandro Gho 13 years, 11 months ago

Very nice set! Original sport photos

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
David Cardona 13 years, 11 months ago

Powerful. Simply pOwErfUl!

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
Abbeyh13 13 years, 11 months ago

I agree #9 is so cool! I love these shots!
love that you kept them in color! :)

13 years, 11 months ago Edited
Emme Tan 13 years, 11 months ago

wow... no 9 his earing is so cool huh... the last one purposely opened it up for you? haha

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