Red Hook Crit
March 19, 2010
The 2010 Red Hook Criterium is an unsanctioned bicycle race through a desolate post-industrial area of Brooklyn. Track bikes are mandatory for the riders and the field consists of semi-professional ‘roadies’, bike messengers, and urban cyclists. The first person to cross the finish line at the completion of 20 laps will take home the famed cobblestone trophy.
http://www.dqmnewyork.com/images/news_uploads/“This race is fast, dangerous and requires an equal combination of strength, bike handling skills, and bravery.” says organizer David August Trimble. The winner of the upcoming third edition will without a doubt be deserving of the title as the first two champions have continued on to professional cycling careers. “The first year Kacey Manderfield surprised the boys with her ferocious sprint” says Trimble . She went on to earn a stars-and stripes jersey at the 2008 National Track Championships and now races professionally. Last year’s winner Neil Bezdek used his victory to springboard his own professional racing career and has signed with one of the top US based teams for the 2010 season.
“This bicycle race is rare in that it’s equaling entertaining for both the competitors and the spectators lining the course witnessing the battle” says Trimble. The stunning visuals of this race are a strong attraction to the press, artists, and photographers. In 2009 the New York Times covered the race with a story titled “A Brooklyn Bike Race Worthy of James Dean”.
The Red Hook Criterium was first held in 2008 to celebrate Trimble’s birthday. An after party in conjunction with the competition is now a tradition that continues this year. The party includes the post race podium presentation where the top finishers bask in their glory and are showered with champagne, prizes, and cash. John Taki Theodoracopulos once again hosts the party “If you are not wearing lycra we request that you attend this party in your sexiest evening wear” adds Theodoracopulos.
For 2010 the NYC based Bicycle Film Festival has joined the Red Hook Criterium as the presenting sponsor. The BFF celebrates bike culture in all of its aspects and through support of this race brings 10 years of experience in hosting, promoting, and expanding bicycle events throughout the world. “Last year we had a film about the race in the festival,” says director Brendt Barbur “This year we will be directly supporting it. In addition the famed bicycle manufacturer Cinelli has signed on as a major sponsor and is providing a frame to the winner of the event. Additional sponsors include Rapha, San Marco, 9th Street Cycles, Cycling Reporter, Roo Design, Trimble Racing & Design and the Brooklyn Brewery.
The race consists of 20 laps around a .75 mile course which features several hairpin turns, a technical chicane, a cobblestone stretch, and a sprint finish. Bus and automobile traffic on the course, even if kept to a minimum, is a near-certainty. The race is held at night and starts at 11:00 pm sharp.
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