"I'm still trying to recover," James Grady, who organized last Saturday's Mission Crit fixed-gear bike race, tells SFist. "It was pretty overwhelming for me." What took place last year in a parking lot with 20 racers occurred this year with around 70 participants.
And that's not all. Grady estimates that a thousand people came out to watch the men's and women's races on a short circuit. The Mission became a velodrome for the night courtesy of what Grady estimated to Mission Mission was total cost of $10,000, of which he received $6,300 in donations from sponsors and crowdfunding participants.
The fast-paced action took place on this course under cover of relative darkness.
The SFMTA even did its part, declining to invoke the typical $30,000 fee to reroute buses. Spectators even chipped in to raise a few hundred dollars toward The Broken Bones Fund for city bike messengers. Here, some audience shots from the evening.