Miami Lightning Sprints : Recap

Last night I went to the Miami Lightning Sprints organized by Will. This was the 3rd sprints thus far since their kickoff in August. The races are usually held on the first Friday night of the month outside of the Miami Beach Convention Center. They consist of 1/4 mile one-on-one dashes, the matches are determined by drawing pieces of paper w/ names out of a pocket. Unfortunately for us there was a Funkshion Fashion Week show going on last night which made the races a bit unstable due to the abundance of drunk pedestrians & taxi cabs across from the convention center. There were 15 racers in total and about 30 people all together, a few cyclists invited friends/family & had their own cheering squad which was great.






Miami Lightning Sprints dress, pretty awesome.


This was my first time participating in the sprints. I went to the first races this past summer but arrived almost 2 hours late so I only witnessed the final round (Lancito VS Matt). I never made it out to the second sprints in September so I didn't really know what to expect. I knew Alex Fix & Ferny (Lancito) both won their previous races & they were most probably going to go into the final round. How yours truly ended up in the final round is beyond me, I wasn't even planning on racing until I arrived. My ankle didn't bother me during our ride to the beach from Vizcaya so I figured I'd give it a go based on that. Overall it was a fun event & I encourage more people to come out.

Here's a video of all the sprint finishes. It's dark & low quality as you are to expect of all my videos. The final round is very anticlimatic to say the least.



And the winner is.. Alex Fix



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On a side note, I was stuck in heavy rains last night around 3am. When I got home I was trying to get the water out of my bicycle, nothing was coming out yet I continued to hear water swishing around. Turns out there was no water in my tubing and instead my Deep V's were moonlighting as fish tanks. Basically I got home at 3:30am and had to take most of my bike apart. The tubes & tires had to be removed since the water only seemed to leak out thru the valve hole on rims. Soaking wet clothes & bike disassembly, not exactly what I wished to be doing on a late Friday night/Saturday morning. I'm just glad I don't live in Seattle and have to deal with this 9 months out of the year.

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  1. yea, that really did suck. I felt like I was swimming with my bicycle, except the raindrops felt more like rocks. but you know it got worse shortly after? around the time you called & told me about your wheels. that's intense, rydel! I'm sorry you had to deal with that, but the rest of the night was good.

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  2. Rydel edited out the part where I lose control and almost slam into the crowd. I killed an orange cone that got in my way. Good times. Alex (aka Skywalker) kicked my ass all over the asphalt. Next month the epic battle continues. This was A New Hope... in the next episode The Empire Strikes Back.


    I'm such a nerd.

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