Red Hook Crit 2014

The Red Hook Crit went down last weekend and will surely be remembered as one of the toughest, wettest, fixed gear criteriums to date. The conditions were nearly unbearable. Stinging cold, blustery winds, and absolutely relentless rain didn’t stop organizer David Trimble, volunteers and participants from putting together an exhilarating show.

Volunteers swept away puddles, but the rain kept on coming.

We were busy covering bike seats with our trusty bike seat covers.

As the rain kept coming down the women hit the course first.

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The women’s race included a few scary crashes and while the race was paused for some time, these tough riders hung tight to finish off what they started.

Jo Celso stayed focused to get finish first.

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By the time the men’s race came around, it was darker, colder and the winds had picked up.

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The sound of the riders flashing by us, tires splitting through the water was awe inspiring:

Several attacks led to riders getting dropped off, and when the motorcycle looped around to signal they were getting lapped, it was impossible to wipe smiles off their faces. So much fun.

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Most of the race favorites stuck together for the majority of the race, but by the last few laps a gap formed with two riders leading the charge.

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Frenchman Thibaud Lhenry took the victory on his handmade bamboo bike. The rain, cold and win made this race an even bigger spectacle that it has been in the past.

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