MonsterTrack pre-registration party at Legion Bar in Williamsburg hosted by Le Noize karaoke, 3/16/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

While everyone else was working off their St. Patty’s hangovers, the city’s fixie fanatics were gearing up for the eighteenth annual Monstertrack bike race. The unsanctioned, fixed-gear-only messenger-style race is a favorite of both local and out-of-town riders from all over the world. (This former messenger took 22nd place in 2009.) This year’s snow-swept streets didn’t deter the 65 racers, of which 49 finished.

The race started on Saturday afternoon at 4:20pm under an alcove on Beaver Street in the Financial District and the finish line was at Beast of Bourbon in Bed-Stuy. Manhattan native and longtime messenger Crihs Thorman won his fourth Monstertrack victory and Chicagoan Chaz Christiansen took first out-of-town. The race was accompanied by side events throughout the weekend including NYC’s annual bike prom held at the new venue Private Party in Williamsburg and NYC Bike Polo’s Field Day at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Check out our group portraits from the festivities.

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The annual NYC Bike Prom hosted by Private Party in Williamsburg, 3/17/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Partygoers outside the annual NYC Bike Prom hosted by Private Party in Williamsburg, 3/17/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Racers lining up for the start of Monstertrack 18 under the alcove of 55 Beaver Street in the Financial District, 3/18/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Monstertrack’s manifest exchange staff at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 3/18/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Fans at the start of Monstertrack 18 at 55 Beaver Street in the Financial District, 3/18/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Monstertrack organizer Victor Ouma (center) being congratulated by his racers and staff after the awards ceremony at Beast of Bourbon in Bed-Stuy, 3/18/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The organizers and participants of NYC Bike Polo’s Field Day at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 3/19/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)