City Slicker 2: Clay's Gold MTB Race Report

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On November 19, 2016, 718 Cyclery hosted "City Slicker 2: Clay's Gold", the 2nd annual installment of our Fall MTB racing classic.  This race also serves as the final jewel of the 718 Cyclery Racing Series Triple Crown (the first 2 jewels are "Fat and Frozen" and "Dirt Jam"). These races are currently the only MTB races held within New York City, at Cunningham Park in Queens.

In addition to be a place for the off-road community to congregate, 718 Cyclery races serve as a benefit for


(Concerned Long Island Mountain Bikers).  CLIMB lobbies for, builds and maintains hundreds of trails in the area.  City Slicker 2: Clay's Gold was able to raise $696.56 for CLIMB.

Clay, the man with the gold

The day began as most 718 events do, in a U-Haul parking lot at 6:00am. After picking up the van, its back to the shop to load out with staff and race volunteers.

The crew arrived at Cunningham Park at 7:45am. With our first race at 10:00am, there was alot to set up. We divide this work between 2 groups...the crew that tapes the race course, and the crew that gets the registration and demo bike area set up. The temperature was mild for late November (65 degrees)

718 OTC (Original Tape Crew)

Race schedule

Once set up, it was time for the fun to begin.  As is tradition in our racing series, we employed a classic "Le Mans" start in order to spread racers out by the time they get to their bikes, as well as providing a spectacle for spectators. 

86 riders had signed up to race..and we use the term "race" loosely.  As Clay says, the "gold" isn't in a podium finish, but it's the gold in your heart". Racers were encouraged to try obstacles they might find otherwise challenging, keeping with the spirit of the day.

Race map, Advanced and Intermediate race

We had men's and women's races in Advanced, Intermediate and Novice groupings.

We also raffled a Surly Pugsley, which was awesomely won by this young man.

Many Thanks

There are many People who make races like this possible:

  • Chris from QBP, with the fleet of Salsas and Surlys to demo.  Chris has never missed a 718 race!
  • Joe from Downeast who has brought his Reid fatbiks to every event we've ever had.
  • Spinlister, who's contribution made the event free (and let us use their cool tent)
  • Kona, for continued support and great prizes
  • Surly, for donating a Pugsley frame for raffle
  • Downeast Bicycles, for some great prizes
  • Mike Vitti, President of CLIMB .  CLIMB plans, builds and maintains over 175 miles of off-road trails on Long Island. Join the effort today!
  • Emma Lewis, owner of Emma Lewis Bakery
  • Mache ot Toms Lemon Coffee
  • The 718 Crew of employees and close friends (Aaron, Greg, Meredith, Clay, Jamie and Houston)
  • The "left behind" crew of Alfred and Lee, holding down the fort at the shop
  • Thanks to Deb, for putting up with this