Red Hook Crit London: 1
Ok, so it has been a little while since the Red Hook Crit happened but to be honest it's taken a while to get over all that excitement, and we're still not over it yet! RHC really is a race like no other and we're gutted we have to wait a whole year for it's return. Luckily you can catch it in other cities, it reaches Barcelona on September 5th and finally Milan on October 10th. Don't worry it starts all over again in New York around April time. If you weren't there then you really did miss out.
It was a sunny Saturday which meant perfect spectator conditions of course. I'm pretty sure everyone we know who likes to cycle was there, so we got to hang out with all of our lovely bikes friends and we finally got to meet the delightful cycling blogger Lady Velo. Obviously there were heaps of nice bikes to admire, and we even got a special pizza delivery from The 5th Floor racer Pasquale’s Santa Maria Pizza. With people coming from all around the world for the love of bikes it was a great time to meet new people too.
It started with the qualifying races which were 20 minutes of riding the circuit, each rider’s fastest lap determining their starting position in the final. The women's group was first. 55 had signed up but only 39 had turned up to race. All of the women made it through to the final race since it was a small field.
The men’s qualifiers were up next, with 5 groups of around 40 riders each. One of the qualifications had to be stopped as there was a woman giving birth in the course ambulance, that was pretty funny. We heard that in group 3 there were 9 crashes! Don't quote us on that though as it was just hearsay but who knows. Luckily most people finished the qualifications safely, I think there were maybe one or two broken collar bones (ouch!) hopefully they're healing well. Everyone seemed to finished with a smile on their face anyway.
Since the qualifiers started late and were stopped a lot due to crashes and births, the last chance race was cancelled so it was on with the finals. The women's race was first up, the atmosphere from the crowd was amazing. The girls put on a killer race with 18 laps and speeds reaching 25mph. Ainara Elbusto Arteaga of team Conor WRC won the women's race with a time of 1.37, she also won this years Brooklyn RHC. Our friend Jess(48) finished in 19th and Keira finished in a mighty 9th. It was great to see so many of our friends racing.
The men's final was a field of 85 which was pretty intense just to watch. With such a huge bunch on the narrow course the field was super tight around each corner. Hitting a maximum speed of 28mph over 24 laps. William Guzman of team Impulse Stage won the men's final with a time of 1.27, he placed 4th in Brooklyn. All of the 5th Floor made it through to the final and finished in good positions. Our friend Michael finished in 48th place and East London Fixed'sOwen made it in at 55th.
Thanks to David Trimble for making it all happen. Overall it was an epic weekend of bike goodness. We can't wait for it's return to the smoke and who knows maybe we'll have a go at racing next year.