Official times and ranks are out! Shanghai Alleycat 2012 took place over the weekend and pulled in a mind-obliterating 600 (give or take) participants. That’s almost triple last year’s numbers, and probably the biggest alleycat race in the non-Western world (anybody with some numbers on this, please do chime in.)
So many people showed up that organizers had to play it fast and loose with the start location, sending everybody underground to take off from a parking garage in heats of 10.
The course was an estimated 25 kilometers, which can easily vary depending on the route each racer took to navigate between checkpoints. Here are the rankings, courtesy of Smart Shanghai:
01. Daniels Langeberg with a time of 42mins 47seconds. He was riding a fixed-gear bike.
02. Ed Cork, 44:56
03. Troy Seeborn, 46:05
04. Alex Mok, 46:34 (fastest female)
05. Dirk Bekkering, 47:00 (fastest non-fixed-gear bike)
06. Ben Luo, 47:19 (fastest non-Shanghai-based dude)
07. Jerry Luo, 47:20
08. Simon Hudson, 47:57
09. Jiangbo, 48:10
10. Nick Taylor, 49:03
11. Tom Hitchings, 49:16
12. Rich Orlandella, 49:19
13. Peter Eland, 49:23
14. Stefanie Vallee, 49:53 (fastest non-fixed, female)
15. Sander Cole, 50:22
And below we’ve got a cool helmet cam video of the race from Dirk Bekkering, the fastest non-fixed-gear racer. Dirk offers this astute observation about the rankings: “Of the first five, three (including yours truly) are architects. I guess we’re good at reading maps and we don’t have enough money for cars.”
There will undoubtebly be more videos and pictures posted in the coming days, we’ll be sure to add as they become available.