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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Racing in Bars, Going Nowhere Fast [via NY Times]

Michael Kirby Smith for The New York Times
STATIONARY Bobby Lea, above right, center, an Olympic cyclist, won a recent race at the Parkside Lounge; Evan Murphy crashed.
Published: December 24, 2011THE bicycle swung wide left under Alexander Barouh as he furiously pedaled to the end of his 500-meter sprint, bringing gasps from the crowd standing only a few feet from his front wheel.



“Don’t steer!” some spectators in the Lower East Side bar shouted.
As he struggled to steady himself, a large red arrow spun behind him, tracking his progress on a huge clock face. Then his tire touched the edge of the spinning red rollers, and for a moment it seemed he would be the first crash of the night during this off-season tradition, in which local and elite cyclists compete in stationary races held in various New York bars.

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