four23, welcomed Mash SF racer Chas Christiansen to London to shoot a day in the life of a bike messenger and alleycat racer.
Alleycats are informal races for bike messengers, held in major cities all around the world. The urban route is built around checkpoints, and each racer is challenged to make it from point to point, as quickly as possible.
The races are designed to run in the same way a messenger is assigned deliveries over the course of a day. It’s not only a test of power, speed and athleticism, but it requires unrivalled knowledge of the city streets.
Mash SF are a bike shop, community riding hub and team of international racers based in San Francisco, California. As well as being one of Mash’s team riders, Chas also runs his own bike messenger company, and spends his time traveling the world, racing in Alleycats and searching out new people, culture and experiences.
four23 met with Chas shortly after he touched down in London for the launch of the Oakley In Residence Workshop - a new platform and community space for London’s cyclists. We accompanied him on a ride around the city, as he caught up with friends from London’s 5th Floor cycling team and stopped off at Leather Lane’s Full City Cycles. En route, Chas explained how cycling in a new city gives him the freedom to explore it in a completely different way.
View the film on the four23 Vimeo here.