Better late than never - The final day of Streetcred was last Saturday the 26th - David Jay won (He has Adonis DNA) - Everyone had fun - PBR and Chrome and Velocity and Volker Bicycles are the bomb for hooking up tons of free swag - KC kick's ass - Streetcred lives!
Warning: this post is entirely too long.
The final stage was riddle themed, Jim Carey did not attend, but i'm sure he drinks his milk.
Fittingly, Broadway Cafe was the starting point. Broadway was also the start of last years final stage, plus it's a popular spot with local cyclists.
The cream always rises to the top and 9 creamy individuals showed up for the final stage. I believe most of these 9 raced all 4 stages. That's some real Streetcred.
The Start: I continued my recent habbit of starting dead least. In this particular instance i had to finish my coffee. It was worth it.
Peeps were spread throughout the city like a trail of bread crums, these were at the tennis courts in loose park.
You should never pass up an opportunity to take your bike into an elevator, this was at a parking garage in the plaza.
The folf course at Rosedale park was another stop, i think i was dead last for the entire race and this stop was no different. But Streetcred is not about winning, it's about drinking! And folfing! And riding the wrong way on one way streets! And meeting cool people! And candy! And learning about Kansas City! And blowing stop signs! And blowing red lights! And taking highway on-ramps! And more drinking!
On the way to the next stop I came across Phillip going down Main st, he was about 30 minutes ahead of me, s*it!
Drinking! Tequila! Drinking Tequila! Harry's Country Club was another stop. the checkpoint master said water was allowed (i think he took pity on us since we were in last,) but there was no hesitation in my voice as i slammed my hand on the bar and said "barkeep, your cheapest tequila, please!" Bam!
Thankfully i got to ride with Jack for the last 1/2 of the race (this is him on Grand st.) It was much more enjoyable having someone to ride with. Jack is a big bike polo guy but he mentioned that not many folks in kc participate. So this is my call to KC... PLAY POLO! Maybe Jack can leave a comment on this post with the details?
The race finished at Buzzard Beach in Westport where Mario and Luigi were walking thru the parking log. Just after i took this picture Luigi dropped a bananna peel out his ass and totally caught Mario off guard!
The crew swap's stories at Buzzard "Could you believe it when i had to power slide thru that corner to avoid hitting the cop car doing 60 down 18 th trying to catch the runaway Tyson chicken tenders truck... all with a flapping red tailed hawk stuck to my helmet!"
Double Nickle with his masters champion prize, a Pbr umbrella. I'm pretty sure his entire body is a tattoo.... only taller.
What do you do if you live at 155 and Quivira and are doing a race in Downtown / Midtown KC... print off a map and tape it together, thats what. Not necessarily my idea of Streetcred, but then again Streetcred has no rules.
Chrisgo gives the official Streetcred salute while Phillip recovers from an apparently epic bong pull. 4th from the right is Jessica, the Pbr goddess who was directly responsible for fueling the giant machine that is Streetcred. Thanks Jessica!
And finally, as the 5th edition of streetcred comes to an end we owe special thanks to Levon, aka the Street Urchin. Levon was the man who made Streetcred 2011 a reality. Late last year, when things were looking dire and it seemed as if it wasn't going to happen, Levon stepped up and took control. He came up with the stages, contacted the sponsors, and put ass's in the saddles. So, unless i have my history wrong: Shipwrek will always be The Godfather of Streecred, Chasm the Michael Corleone, Levon is now the Sonny. Except in this version he lives.