The Demon Cats is a new racing collective being introduced with the purpose of bringing together the District couriers for whom the bike is not only a tool for the job, but also a tool for mind relax and racing. We are disparate characters who have raced in "sanctioned" mountain bike, cycloc-cross and road events with some degree of success or failure, but whose real race of choice is the alleycat.
We started as group of courier friends who seemed to be racing at D.C alleycats with regularity. Races like the orginal Mayhems in D.C. We became the "Dead City Ghost", a courier "gang" formed to race in the "Warriors" alleycat in NYC in August 2002. The team consisted of Kevin Dillard, Indica(no last name), Sebastian Culbreth, Mark Daniels, John Dinn, Christian Myers, Stan(no last name). Jay(no last name) was on our team, but at the last moment, raced with D.C's all-girl Cra Cra Hobots. They were hotter than we were, I give them that. And although the offical "Warriors"website says weren't at Coney. six of us made it there with the first wave that rode all the way, mind you-not that weenie "Let's take the train stuff"! Stan the Man was the video-man and has it all on video. I got the tattoo for the gang. Riding around in blue jeans and white t-shirts, soaked to the bone. That hot dog at the train station in The Bronx tasted better than any before or after. Ground Zero at three a.m. The barbecue under the Williamsburg Bridge. Blasting down that main avenue for miles it seemed 'til we got to the boardwalk. After all that, we did weenie out and ride the train back to the City.
Fast Forward. Two Years. July 4th races in NYC and April Fooll's in Philly. Several Mayhems. The last few Mayhems have transformed themselves from a one-city, bad-ass alleycat into a painful three-day, three-city bad-ass alleycat omnium, with stage winners and an overall winner and all kinds of good prizes. We raced pretty good. Top 10 in B-more. We sucked in D.C. We did top 20 in Richmond.
Kevin had been toying around with free photo posting websites for a growing collection of D.C.Ghosts photos (six galleries so far) and I had been toying with a new name for the Ghosts and while reading a book about ghosts in D.C. had come across the Demon Cat. After going back and forth, we decided to take on the name Demon Cats. The Demon Cat, also known simply as D.C., is a feline demon who lurks in the shadows of the deepest basements in the U.S. Captiol building. He is known to appear on the eve of a national catastrophe or during the change of administration. He appears to the solitary guard or janitor, at first appearing small and friendly, but as he approaches he grows in size and menace. His eyes turns to flames and as he attacks the lone victim, he vanishes into thin air.
Like a courier, appearing and disappearing in the blink of a pedestrian's eye.
As a racing collective, we welcome couriers, commuters, racers (of all stripes- road, cross, xc, bmx) and bike freaks in general to represent the District in alleycats around the East Coast region and beyond. We are looking for people who enjoy meeting people like themselves from other cities. I know that everyone who has raced with us has made good accquaintances that might not have ever been made were it not for the love of all things BIKE.
Racing for Victory and free beer!
We own the street!
Courier Racing Collective