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The Wheel World

Puerto Rican Dad Prepares for Bike Battle

New York Post, May 25, 2005

By Darren Teruel

For the past twelve years, Alfred, “Alfredo Sauce”, Bobe Jr. has spent five days a week toiling as a bike messenger on the no-room-for-error streets of New York, risking his life to deliver packages.

“There are rules and regulations out here,” says the soft-spoken but confident South Bronx-born Puerto Rican, “And every day I take a chance.”

Come Saturday, however, the 31-year-old father of two will trade his mountain bike for a specially designed racing bike and will serve as the co-captain for Team Puma, a racing team comprised solely of  bike messengers.

Puma provides each of its members with health insurance for as long as they’re part of the team pays  their expenses on the days they race.

Each week, Bobe and his eight-person team compete against other bike messengers without brakes in various cities around the country for cash and prizes.

The finale, known as the World Championship Race  takes place June 30 – July 4 in Jersey City.

Last weekend, at the Kissena Velodrome in Flushing Queens, Team Puma collected the most qualifying points. Individually however, Bobe and his peers didn’t win ant trophies.

But he did get the respect and attention of former Olympic gold medallist Marty Nothstein, who told Bobe he has the talent and speed to compete professionally.

“Right now I am the fastest messenger in New York,” Bobe boasts.

Good enough to beat Lance Armstrong.

“I can certainly beat him going up and down Broadway.”


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