We are friends in St.Pauli (HH), Germany and Liverpool, England, but from elsewhere and incredibly passionate about (fixed gear) riding….not as a sport, not as a hobby but rather as an identity, some sort of positive nihilism to a world and its paradigms which have long stopped making sense to us. As opposed to (fixed gear) cycling often being portrayed as a non-political, macho, ultra-tough, obnoxious and lately, a fad, we are outspokenly anarchist, anti-fascist, feminist and really big on animal rights. We dare to romanticise riding with no space for irony nor blatancy and we are determined to last.
Black Spoke Collective St. Pauli & Medibüro Hamburg present NO BORDER NO NATION ALLEYCAT VOL. III
Start fee: 5€
BRING: LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT, helmet, pen, bag, friends.
After the race (+/- 20:00h)
St. Pauli Trackteam Goldsprint alongside with cold beers, warm food, burning barrels and good music. Free entry!
Welcome to the 3rd edition of the “No Border No Nation” Alleycat.
As in the previous two years we host this race for two main reasons – we want to create an event for true critical cycling apart from mainstream, macho, ultra-tough, sexist bullshit and pushing not only our bikes through the streets, but our radical political mindset.
2ndly we aim to raise awareness on one of the biggest challenges we face in this century.
The refugee struggle - not on far little islands somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea or in the far distant, but right at our very own doorsteps.
In 2014 there were close to 70 attacks on refugee homes in Germany, 30 of them arson attacks. Only a year later the number rises to almost 500 (!) attacks on refugee homes, close to 100 of them arson attacks. This is not the work of some “concerned citizens” – this is right wing terrorism.
During our work with refugees we encountered a lot of hate & bullshit but we also met a lot of passionate people trying to make a difference. Some of them working at the MediBüro Hamburg. A non-governmental, antiracist, volunteer run organization arranging medical care regardless of residency permits or health insurance status. As soon as we found out that activists there had to pay and hand cut flyers & brochures on their own it was clear to us where this year’s raised money should go…besides the good work they do.
Grab your bike, take a stand, help us fund people who help people ….and maybe by accident have a little fun doing it.
Healthcare is a human right and not a privilege!
Another important issue we greatly discussed is the women’s ranking. In the collective we struggle a lot with “distinguishing between the genders”. This race is meant for everybody. No matter if you are a man, women or trans. We strongly believe that your gender simply does not matter. It is only up to you to choose who you are!
Having said that we did not have a women’s ranking the past years. Obviously this is not a good solution to the problem of gender, nor sexism in cycling. In discussion with a lot of female riders we came to the conclusion that having a women’s ranking is not a perfect solution but also should not be a bad thing. It is meant an encouragement to all (female) riders to participate. Apart from your gender we’d like you to come out, try out and have fun. Our Alleycats are not strictly sport events you have to compete in - at our races you only have to have fun...and maybe sweat a little. There are no losers at our races!
We also like to encourage you to discuss this with us as this is a matter that effects us all – in cycling and everyday life.
2014. Mare Nostrum, Triton, Dublin II, Frontex and false promises is all governments have to offer to thousands of refugees washing up on Europe’s borders. Instead of an easy access to peace and shelter or even an improvement of housing, education (=basic human rights!) for refugees from all around the globe “Fortress Europe” is strengthened further more. Almost every day boats try to reach the supposed save haven… and fail.
No matter where you look. Lampedusa, Melilla or Hamburg…the situation is literally a house of cards ready to collapse. Deportation, Lager and a back breaking hopelessness are an everyday thread to so called refugees. We don’t like this term too good anymore. They are our neighbors, friends and family. For that reason we decided to organize the „No Border No Nation Alleycat“ for yet another round. All proceeds will go to Lampedusa in Hamburg.
Come out and show your solidarity, raise some much needed money and by the way celebrate Black Spoke St. Pauli’s first birthday – 13.12.2014 could there be an better date?
Our friends at THE BLACK MESS will host an After-Alleycat Vernissage with hot drinks & food at their very own new studio. See you on the streets!
The weekend was a blast. Thanks so much to everyone involved (eg did not sleep but drank anyway), everyone who raced, screamed, yelled. We appreciate this very much.
These three days of total madness in our "lieblings Kasten" better know as Rote Flora will be continued next year.
Again? Yes, sure...for a another good cause again!
The hard facts:
106 riders generated 1555€ for the Rote Hilfe Hamburg e.V., great bands, a lot of fun, extremely good and much needed hangover breakfast and prizes that almostall ended ended up on eBay etc.
This brings us to a simple conclusion...we do this for fun but with our heads switched on.
"not as a sport, not as a hobby but rather as an identity, some sort of positive nihilism to a world and its paradigms which have long stopped making sense to us. As opposed to (fixed gear) cycling often being portrayed as a non-political, macho, ultra-tough, obnoxious and lately, a fad, we are outspokenly anarchist, anti-fascist, feminist and really big on animal rights. We dare to romanticise riding with no space for irony nor blatancy."
= no excessive, arrogant (sporty) ambitions. no sponsors. no bullshit. honest. anarchist.
Thats suits us a lot better and you as well ;)
Anyway, this was not just a lot of work but a lot of fun and as we say in our manifesto - we are determined to last. See you next year!
Last winter started as a sister collective in Hamburg. As a startup we spontaneously organized our first alleycat, supporting the refugee group "Lampedusa in Hamburg". At first this might seem odd to some riders, but to us this is precisely what Black Spoke Collective is about. We are very passionate about (fixed gear) riding, too… but not as a sport, not as a hobby but rather as an identity, some sort of positive nihilism to a world and its paradigms which have long stopped making sense to us. As opposed to (fixed gear) cycling often being portrayed as a non-political, macho, ultra-tough, obnoxious and lately, a fad, we are outspokenly anarchist, anti-fascist, feminist and really big on animal rights. This (and the pure common sense) is the reason we love to support peoples struggles and having a little fun doing it.
So, last winter was a blast and we thought “Why not do a whole weekend?” In April 2014, we will launch our second alleycat "Make Your Blackened Heart Race, Vol. I". We organized a whole weekend of bike madness, as you know it, including alleycats, sprints, tall bikes, parties, concerts etc etc... and again, for a good cause. This time all proceeds will go to "Rote Hilfe e.V.", which is a network of lawyers and individuals in an anti-repression NGO, helping political prisioners and educating young activists to stay save during protests and actions.
• 15h Registration @ THE BIG LEBIKESKI
• 19h CRITICAL PRE-RACE
• 22h Night Ride
• 17h Registration @ Rote Flora
• 18h MAIN RACE
• 21h Concert with DOWNFALL OF GAIA & ALWAYS WANTED WAR + big aftershow party brought to you by NordAmused
• 23h prize giving (Friday)
• 13h hangover-breakfast @ Rote Flora
• 15h GOLDSPRINT sponsored by THE BIG LEBIKESKI + silly bike games • prize giving (Saturday + Sunday)
Registration fee for the whole weekend is 20€ payable via PayPal or in cash at the race. These 20€ include a welcome package including an Alleycat shirt (please choose size below), stickers, booklet, spoke cards and entry to all races, shows and parties. As a bonus you’ll get a discount at our food-partners during the weekend. At the moment we are still working on those, expect a list asap.
47 riders. 2 guys travelled all the way from Austria and one guy from Denmark just for this alleycat. We appreciate this a lot. We hope you had lots of fun and enjoyed the race.
Thanks again and congrats to all the winners!
We happily donated 400€ to Lampedusa in Hamburg!
Originally we only planned to open our Shop on 14.12., but just partying and selling would have been too boring and wouldn't have met our aspirations and strong beliefs at Black Spoke in any way. The way the Hamburg Senate, the SPD and the cops treated the refugees from Lampedusa made us sick to the bones...so all earnings from the start fee and the after alleycat party (@Linker Laden, Kleiner Schäferkamp 46) will be donated to the refugee group.