The Broadway Bomb and the Central Park Race both started in 2000 and set the bar as one of the first ever Push Races. Riding fast and racing through traffic here is one of the most daring things I've accomplished on my longboard. Doing it 3 times from 2009-2011 is now a closed chapter in my career finishing 5th, 7th and 3rd. This was also the last 3 years of the actually race, in 2012 the event was finally shut down and diverted by the police, and has never the same since. The basic route is from 116th and Broadway to the Bull statue in Wallstreet area. Basically 8.5 miles down most of Manhattan with over a hundred intersections, mostly flat with a few slight ups and downs. As a racer you can go which ever way you want to get there. Staying on Broadway most of the way is the fastest but you have to find good ways around Union Square, Times Square and others as well as some on-coming traffic. I feel very fortunate to have made it out alive and unscathed, but definitely feel I used up all my 9 lives there. And now that's it's not a race anymore but more of a longboard parade diverted by police, I hope to go back someday and experience it as a cruise with over 1000 other skaters! This is what the Broadway Bomb has always been to most people. The CENTRAL PARK race is one lap around the park featuring lots of ups and downs and a few sweeping corners. Lot of peds and bikes to dodge, but really a lot of pushing and tucking to hold your speed. A really fun event as well that has yet to be shut down by authorities, one not to miss if you enjoy a fast push. Enjoy the videos!
Post Created: November 16, 2013
Brian from PC News getting a few words from the podium finishers Kiefer Dixon 1st, Steve Sanchez 2nd, Robin McGuirk 3rd.
So stoked to be one of the only non-New York riders to ever podium at Broadway Bomb since its beginnings in 2000!
This was my setup for my first trip to NYC with Randal 180s and 76mm flywheels. This was one of the original DropKick versions made with 8 plies of maple - 41" L / 9.6" W / 29.5" WB.
Placing 3rd in 2011 with over 1000 riders, dodging traffic and battling NYC's fastest skaters! Exciting end where Sanchez pukes and I pull ahead Kaspar to podium!
Placing 7th this year with over 500 riders...had a preplanned route in my mind...see how it works out...
First time racing this event with over 300 racers finishing 4th place, lots of ups and downs and peds, bikes, and even an few big rigs! One lap around the park is about 7 miles taking the fastest riders about 20 minutes.