Megatron’s 2016 Race Recap – by Meg Whitney

As a bike messenger I rely on my Wabi Lightning SE (aka Pumpkin Spicy) not only to get the job done, but also to perform in races. This year I competed all over the world, from Switzerland to Denmark, in Mexico and throughout North America.

Here are some races I completed on my Wabi:

“Street Racing in Paradise”
June 11, Los Angeles, CA

Broke my brand-new cell phone screen straight out of the gate on this one, thanks to having to start this race descending a 10% grade hill while reading a manifest at the same time. Came in second fixed for womxn.

“Father’s Day Circuit Race”
June 19, Pasadena, CA
1st Place

This was a brutal eight-lap race around the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium in 105°F heat. Shout out to Gio for awarding 1st womxn (most of) the cash payout!

“Ride the Black Line #1”
June 25, Encino, CA
4th Place

This was my second track race of the season. Sad I missed the rest of the series, but Sweden was calling my name.

“Bitches be Crazy”
July 20, Malmo, Sweden
DQ – I lost my manifest.

This was by far the most fun race I competed in this year! Check point highlights included having to mix a Sex on the Beach drink up to the standards of checkpoint staff; taking a swim in the ocean; and blowing up as many balloons as possible, tying them to my messenger bag and bringing them to the next checkpoint (I almost passed out). My partner, Siri, and I were so in synch. I lost my manifest after getting lightheaded at the balloon checkpoint. My partner Siri, however, took 2nd place for both of us, since she’s the real professional courier.

“European Cycle Messenger Championships”
July 21 – 24, Copenhagen, Denmark

I raced the qualifiers and Gold Sprints, but didn’t place in either event—which was a blessing in disguise because I got to drink mum juice and cheer on my Stockholm crew who did podium (I’d like to think in part to my cheers).

“All City Championships #11”
August 20, Minneapolis, MN
1st Place

40 miles of pure alley cat realness.

“Baja Bike Race”
Tecate to Ensenada, Mexico
DQ – timing chip error

This 73 mile 5k-elevation road race was a blast and a half. I competed as the only womxn riding fixed.

I’m really excited for what’s already shaping up to be a great racing season in 2017!

To follow my racing, wrenching, couriering, and general adventures in tomfoolery check out my Instagram.

Meg Whitney
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