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Rollapaluza VIII Sat 27th October 2007
27.05.07 by Buffalo Bill

The Catford CC rollers - pic: Badbean.com

The eighth edition of the London bicycle messenger culture extravaganza, featuring beats, bands, beer and static bicycle racing, is taking place at the Pleasure Unit, Bethnal Green Road, 27th October 2007.

Rollapaluza is a rock’n‘roller race. Competitors mounted on static bicycles, whose rear wheels are attached to an odometer, race each other in intense sprints often lasting less than 20 seconds. Once a popular entertainment in theatres and cinemas all over the UK, cycle couriers reinvented it as a rock’n‘roll night out for the 21st Century, reviving a sport that had been relegated to chilly mid-week evenings in sports-hall by putting on bands, djs, films as well as battling bikes in central London music venues.

A brief history of roller races is here.

Jono’s documentary, featuring an interview with Britain’s only professional roller racer, is here.

A report on the last Rollapaluza is here.

  1. I might come to this – and lose, of course – I think its the weekend after my birthday so I could use it as an excuse to get a few people to get together, ride #, and drink too much beer


    Messengerofdoom    27 May 2007, 14:37    #
  2. Cool. Look forward to seeing you there.


    — Bill    27 May 2007, 14:47    #
  3. ooh i’ll come to this, it’s only up the road. or down the road. i’ll have to check my a to z. is it in the a to z?

    question: are the bikes fixies? only my knees can’t really take fixed stuff anymore, had a bit of a crash one time and you know how it is


    — flappy feet    27 May 2007, 23:53    #
  4. There is not much resistance on the rollers. Therefore your knees should be fine.

    It’s your hams and glutes that will hurt.


    — Bill    28 May 2007, 20:16    #
  5. cool, i’m not worried about them, they can fend for themselves. i think i’ll enter, probably try and aim for somewhere round last place. can someone book me an ambulance for around 10:45 please.


    — flappy feet    28 May 2007, 20:56    #
  6. Lot of competition for last place!


    — Bill    29 May 2007, 10:17    #
  7. or is that spot reserved for a bespectacled,bearded old buzzard!!


    — overdrive    31 May 2007, 15:21    #
  8. Jon O’Driscoll, Metro Donkeys 30.16 at Rollapaluza IV. Knocked out in the 1st round.

    Old bespectacled buzzard with a beard made into the QFs. I rest my case.


    — Bill    31 May 2007, 15:29    #
  9. I won my next race!F**k you!And it’s John.ee orr!


    — overdrive    31 May 2007, 15:33    #
  10. Ooooh. Hark at her!


    — Bill    31 May 2007, 15:41    #
  11. cnut


    — cnut    31 May 2007, 15:43    #
  12. That last“comment” was by our friend mike62.


    — overdrive    31 May 2007, 15:49    #
  13. I am a cnut


    — Overdrive    31 May 2007, 16:02    #
  14. What time does it start?


    hippy    6 June 2007, 10:54    #
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