Remember that barely legal fixed gear bike race through the rain-soaked, cobblestone streets of Red Hook? Child's play. This afternoon at 4 p.m., there's a similar "alley cat" race along a route that includes the infamously dangerous Queens Boulevard. Called "BLVDS of DEATH," the race is "inspired by the horrific stories of pedestrians and cyclists killed along Queens Blvd." Professional bike messenger and organizer Rafael Negron tells the Daily News, "Imagine how crazy a street has to be if they put signs up warning that people have died here?" HARDCORE.
The race is open to anyone with a bike and a deathwish. It kicks off at the intersection of Woodhaven Blvd and Myrtle Avenue, and the route runs along Queens Boulevard in two sections, while also passing through Corona and ending in Flushing. "We want to show people the wild side of Queens. We want to show you the crazy, fast roads that Queens has that a lot of cyclists would like if they ventured out of Manhattan," says Negron. "The loser gets a ghost bike," says Queens Crap.