The King Of Vegas Race 2014 turned to out to be the biggest KOV yet! When we rolled up to the Luxor at 9pm the sidewalk was already flooded with hundreds of racers and spectators. When 100 manifests were handed out in minutes, we knew it was going to be an epic race. Riders of all kinds came out from the farthest points of the US and beyond to have fun and see how they match up in this melting pot of urban racers.
Our DJ was bumping tunes and everybody was “celebrating Vegas style”! Due to the massive crowd, it was only a short time before police came to shut us down. But in Vegas anything goes and after dealing with the Luxor head of security we were good to go. Shortly after, racers began flying to the finish line with their awesome #KOVselfie pics! Here are some of the best. Check out the hashtag on Instagram and follow @trafik_la while your at it.
This year featured 7 checkpoints that made for over 30 miles of racing through and around the Vegas strip. The race began with a mad dash to the bikes then racers spread in every direction and were gone in an instant. Alleycats are never without controversy and the KOV 2014 was no different. But when it was all said and done the new King of Vegas was Crihs Thorman a heralded NYC messenger, followed by DEG from Sabertooth Squad/TRAFIK and Jacob from Sabertooth Squad/Frequent Flyer. The Queen of Vegas was won by LA SWAT Team member Cora, followed by Lydia from Team Throne and Sarah from LA SWAT! Congrats to all the competitors who finished!
We’re glad so many people came out to support the underground race scene! Thanks to our sponsors for throwing in for the cash prize for our King & Queen! Throne Cycles, Freqnt Flyr, Chrome, Swrve, Thomson, Boombotix, God & Famous.
Check out the video below for a nice wrap-up of Interbike and KOV2014 from Samuel Arechiga…
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The King Of Vegas is going down tonight at 9pm by the Luxor Obelisk! There will be 7 checkpoints and you must take a selfie at each location with your face in the shot so we know you were there. First Man & Woman to snap all their pics and get back to the starting line will be crowned King & Queen of Vegas and walk away with a Chrome Coveted Jersey and a phat cash prize!
Preme Prizes are awarded to first contestants who finish the race with an additional SELFIE WITH ELVIS or SELFIE WITH a Las Vegas Police Officer (yellow shirt). So even if you’re not the fastest, as long as you finish you can walk away with prizes like a new Throne Supreme Lo!
Pics or GTFO
Vegas Sign, you must be on the side that says Vegas and it must be readable.
Circus Circus Casino
Belagio Fountain Show, must be going off in photo. If it’s not going off you better wait till it does.
Palms Casino, get that big colorful sign
Hard Rock Guitar, make sure you get the right one
The TRAFIK team made it through the desert to Vegas! This is the 2nd year Interbike is being held at the Mandalay Bay and it’s as big as ever. We cruised around the convention for a cool minute before returning to kick-back at the hotel pool. Check out some of our Instagram updates @trafik_LA. Here are a few of the cool cycling releases we got a glimpse at, including a road legal, e-bike/car? Hmmmm.
Don’t forget, tomorrow we announce the checkpoints for the King Of Vegas Alleycat Race! Right here on TRAFIK LA. For more info check out the event page below.
KING OF VEGAS: https://www.facebook.com/events/843906172287190/
Red Hook Crit started in Brooklyn, NY and has spread to Milan, Italy and Barcelona, Spain, making it the biggest unsanctioned crit race worldwide. Now in it’s second year in Barcelona, racers flock from the farthest corners of the earth for a chance to compete against the most elite fixed gear cyclists in the beautiful Spanish city. There are only a few hundred spots available and online registration doesn’t last long. It is pretty amazing to see the impact and reaction RHC gets from the fixed gear racing community.
TRAFIK team photographer Raquel Natalicchio was out in Barcelona and here is what she had to say about it:
The Second Race In The Red Hook Crit 2014 Series Took Place At A Spectacular Waterfront Venue, Parc Del Forum In Barcelona, Spain. Being A Spanish Native I Was Very Excited To Finally Experience A Race Like Those I Have Been Covering And Loving In The United States. Race Day Was Filled With A Record Attendance Of Over 5,ooo Spectators Which Had The Forum Oozing With Contagious Excitement. The Racer Area On The Other Hand Had A Distinct Atmosphere That Was Inspiring Even To Those Who Were Not Racing. It Was Immediately Obvious How Much Dedication, Passion And Sweat Had Been Given By Every Team, Racer, Coach And Helpers. Photographing And Interviewing Racers And Event Hosts Once Again Set In Stone My Respect And Appreciation For All Those Who Participate In Bringing Alive Such An Amazing Event For The Cycling Community.
(Above – David Trimble checks the course right before all hell breaks loose. See the interview below).
Check out more pics & interviews from LBC’s very own Willo and RHC organizer David Trimble HERE from our reporter Raquel Natalicchio.
John the Roadie and TRAFIK present the King Of Vegas! Thursday, Sept. 11th @ 9pm the KOV is going down right in front of the Luxor with a huge cash prize for 1st Male and 1st Female. The best street racers from across the USA will be out at Interbike for an unforgettable Las Vegas race and party!
The #KOV2014 is going to be a fun and challenging alleycat in and around Las Vegas. A camera is definitely needed for the race this year as racers will have to take a #KOVselfie at 7 different checkpoints that will be revealed the day of the event, right here on TRAFIK LA.
All racers must have a camera or camera phone
Start and Finish at Luxor Las Vegas Obelisk
All bikes welcome
7 checkpoints(need a phone to take a selfie with checkpoint in background)
2 preme opportunities for special prizes!
*Racer must appear in all photos
For more info check out TRAFIK’s #KOV14 event page.
We’d like to thank our 2014 KOV Sponsors:
John The Roadie, our awesome host and sponsor
Disclaimer: This is an unsanctioned street race. The sport of cycling is inherently dangerous and participants assume full personal liability. Helmets are mandatory. Please ride within your ability and obey all traffic rules and regulations.
If you’re in Los Angeles and looking to ride with a group, here is a shortlist of some of the best rides LA has to offer. Hope this was helpful to some of you out there. Now get out there and ride!
List credit: Craig Batory