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Red Hook Crit comes to London

Red Hook Crit Constantin Gerlach
Jordan Gibbons
27 May 2015

Fixed gear criterium race series heads to Greenwich in July.

As if crit racing wasn’t exciting enough with high speeds, sharp turns and close quarters battles, the Red Hook Crit series aims to make it that little bit more adrenalin pumping. What makes the Red Hook different? Well the competitors all race on track bikes – so fixed gear and no brakes. Intrigued?

The Red Hook crit first started in 2008 in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, as a celebration of the organiser’s (David Trimble) 26th birthday. As a lover of road racing and the underground spectacle of alleycat racing, he wanted something that would combine the two. Since then the Red Hook Crit has grown to be become something of an institution amongst cyclists in New York City and has spawned additional races in Barcelona, Milan and now London.

Red Hook Crit London

Due to the intense physical effort required for the racing, the organisers have often described Red Hook as the Formula One of cycling, and it’s the Formula One model they ape for qualifying. 250 rides sign up and they have 20 minutes before the race to set their fastest lap. The 85 who set the fastest laps go on to compete in the race although for 2015 they’ve added an extra Last Chance race to allow another ten in, taking the total field to 95.

Those 95 riders then take on a 24 lap crit race with lapped rides getting pulled from the race. The racing is often so competitive that only 20 or so riders ever make it over the line. There are various primes too (races within the race) to keep things exciting over the full distance. What does all this lead to? Well crashes obviously and this one, from 2013, became particularly famous.

Warning : totally gratuitous crashing 

The full details of the racing aren’t out yet, so we’ll update this page with the times of each race when they’re released.

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Image: Constantin Gerlach

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