Gettin’ Ready for the Crit

By Evan Murphy:

Grants Tomb Criterium is NYC’s first big race of the season, put on by Columbia University’s cycling team and the Century Road Club Association, it is a great tune-up for the early races yet to come.

I was glad I could fit my tool roll, spare clothes, food, and race wheels comfortably on my back for the eight mile trip from my house in southwest Queens to the upper west side. The Especial Cuatro is the largest backpack I’ve ever used and it came in handy for all the errands I was gonna run after the race.

I had a teammate make the breakaway during my race, he would get 8th place while I would have to sprint from the field for 12th, but getting two guys in the top fifteen in our first race is a good sign for things to come.

Best part of Grant’s is the collegiate races that take place in the later part of the day means I get to hang out with old RISD friends. Here Lukas Bentel, one of the presidents of the RISD Cycling club shows off the capacity of my Cuatro with the beautiful mausoleum in the background.

Racing the crit. Photo credit: Anthony Benavides

Here’s a little solo dig I must have put in at some point during the race, this excellent photo was taken by Anthony Benavides. The NYC races usually have a ton of strong racers and the efforts I put out last Saturday are sure to help me come march 30th for the Redhook Crit.

After racing I headed down to the RHC/Gage+desoto offices for a race favorites video interview. I also got to give this rad dude Zane my old Timbuk2 I won last year since his previous backpack was ten years old, falling apart, and in dire need of replacement.

Thanks to Timbuk2 for helping me schlep my gear all over NYC!

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