Watch the hair-raising new bike races that make the Tour de France look tame

Not content with risking life and limb delivering items across busy cities for a living, bike messengers are now turning their skills to unorganised street racing.

PUBLISHED: 11:02, 20 Nov 2014 | 
UPDATED: 11:04, 20 Nov 2014 | 
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When you think of bike messengers you most probably imagine it as a rather gentile job. But these guys are out to smash that perception.

Hurtling through the crowded streets of the world’s largest metropolis’, riders weave in and out of cars, avoid opening doors and pedestrians, jump red lights and generally break every road law in the book.

Welcoem to the crazy world of Alleycat races. First popularised in the early 1990’s in Toronto, Canada the races are an informal inner-city bike race for bike messengers by bike messengers. Now regularly organised across the major cities of North America, Europe and Asia the races feature bike messengers travelling at breakneck speed through traffic.

 

Organised to run like a scheduled days delivery riders travel from checkpoint to checkpoint across the city as quickly as possible before heading back to the finish line. Thinking of taking part? Don’t worry, you’ll be glad to know there’s usually an award for last place too!

Spawning its own sub-culture the riders traditionally use fixed gear bikes, sometimes with no brakes(!) as they hurtle across the city. The only identifying feature between an ordinary cyclist and a racer – except for the balls of steel and general fearless nature – is the rider numbers placed in the spokes.

A photo posted by Reece (@officate) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:34am PST

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