Organizing an alley cat can sometimes be easier said than done. As a native of New York City, planning an event in Puerto Rico would require a lot of work. I announced the date of the alley cat via Facebook 4 months prior to the event date. I wanted to celebrate my 33rd birthday in Puerto Rico so why not organize an alley cat during my trip. I reached out to a few sponsors while I was in NYC to help out with prizes for the top riders, I also acquired a few local shop while in Puerto Rico. A few of the riders from T.O.D booked a flight to P.R. and was ready to test their speed and endurance while riding with the locals of San Juan.
I wanted to throw an alley cat unlike any alley cat that P.R. has ever raced. Seeing as we landed a week prior to the race, it gave me enough time to ride around and look for checkpoints. While cruising around San Juan, I would find a location of interest, drop a pin on my galaxy s3 map and keep it moving to the next location (no one knew). After 4 days of riding I had found the 7 checkpoints I needed for the manifest. This race would run a little over 2 hours but seeing as the traffic in Puerto Rico isn’t as bad as NYC, it wouldn’t be that bad if you chose the correct route.
The Morning of the race I was a little stressed out with last minute things to do before the race, also the rain didn’t help much but riders come out no matter the weather. I would much rather race in a warm Puerto Rico down pour rather than a cold drizzle in NYC any day. Once the rain stopped, I had everyone line there bikes up and wait for instructions and directions to where they would pick up their manifest. Check out the Photos below from the 1st check point “Willy Pincho’s” The 3rd check point at the Puerto Rico Convention center and the finish line at Mambo Jambo.
I want to thank everyone who came out to support and race The Track Or Die PR Alley Cat. This was a very difficult race for me but with the help from the locals, it was a success. Some even called it the hardest alley cat Puerto Rico has had. That fine by me, that’s how we roll at T.O.D! Thanks to The Heavy Pedal, State Bicycle co, Strada customs, Knog, El Skate House, King Kog, Ciclo Canibal, Comadreia straps, Ciclo Pedal and last but certainly not least, Samuel Gonzalez & his company IluminAqua for making the custom plaques for the top 3 winners on such a short notice. Follow on instagram @TrackOrDieNYC or Hashtags #TrackOrDieNYC #TrackOrDiePR
Check Out the Official TrackOrDiePR video by Optic Films.