Category Archives: Red Hook Crit
Juliet Elliot’s Hartley Cycles Red Hook Crit Track Bike

Caren Hartley recently completed a track bike for Juliet Elliot to take on the Red Hook Crit Brooklyn this weekend with. Made from Columbus HSS Spirit, with a Columbus Futura fork and custom paint, done in-house at Hartley Cycles, complete with gold leafing and fiery red candy fade. See more details at Hartley Cycles and keep your eyes peeled at the Red Hook Crit for this bike in action!

Apr 27, 2017 5 comments
Team Specialized Rocket Espresso Red Hook Crit Allez Allez Allez


Photos by Chris Riekert

The Red Hook Crit Brooklyn is coming this weekend, April 29th. Each year, the designers at Specialized look to outfit their racers with limited edition Allez track bikes. This year, the design was inspired by the process and design of the BMW art car series with a composition made by puzzle-pieced decals on top of the frame’s paint as a collaboration with Rocket Espresso, the team’s co-sponsor.

This process makes these uniquely-designed bikes production-ready, unlike previous versions of the RHC Allez race frames. If you’re looking to acquire one of these, the bad news is the track frames are for the athletes only, but there will be 300 road frames available in July. See the Allez track frames in action this weekend at the Red Hook Crit and check out more photos below. Thanks to Dylan Buffington for sending these over! (more…)

Apr 26, 2017 11 comments
8Bar Bikes: Road 2 Milan Part 02

The 8Bar Bikes team made it to Milan for the Red Hook Criterium in the second installment of their video story. You can see the first half of the video in the related column on the left.

Dec 20, 2016 Comments are OFF
Death Spray Custom and Stanridge Speed Volume 2 – Jason Sellers

Death Spray Custom and Stanridge Speed Volume 2
Photos by Jason Sellers and words by John Watson

Back in 2012, Adam Eldridge from Stanridge Speed was obsessing over the Red Hook Crit and the unique form of track bike evolving from these races. Unlike traditional track frames who only make left turns in a velodrome, the design of track crit frames need to be more dynamic. You’ve got to be able to pedal through all corners, even chicanes and do so with dozens of other racers around you. As a result, many of the track crit frames rely on steeper angles and higher bottom brackets for increased maneuverability. As we’ve seen in the past, it takes a bit of luck and a lot of skill to make it through one of these crits unscathed, not to mention winning a few back to back.

That’s where Adam’s interest piqued. Dan Chabanov had been on a winning streak and Adam wanted to put a Stanridge under him. The two were connected, via Squid, an OG bike messenger in New York and they began working together. Knowing this would be a big deal, Adam reached out to David at Death Spray Custom to make the project extra special. The rest is history, and David’s paint design made for an interesting story. Adam even got a matching kit made from a sales rack Voler skinsuit he then sublimated the design upon. (more…)

Sep 2, 2016 10 comments
Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No9 Recap

Here’s the official recap for the Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No9 and it’s a long one! RHC has uploaded the men’s and women’s races in their entirety by splicing together multiple cameras used by athletes throughout the race.

Jul 6, 2016 Comments are OFF
Brooklyn Red Hook Crit No. 9 – Chris Lee

Brooklyn Red Hook Crit No. 9
Photos and words by Chris Lee

The clouds hung very grey and ominous that morning. No surprise since it rained for most of the day prior. Nevertheless, as soon as the announcement was made that qualifying rounds would begin, the sun broke through the clouds and the ninth iteration of the Red Hook Crit was on.

With every year, there seems to be an inevitable metamorphosis. Admittedly, RHC is not the birthday celebration race that it once was. Nowadays, banners of corporate sponsors don the barricades, along with newly acquired bicycle sponsor, Specialized. But the allure and the romance of RHC still remains and the level of competition becoming elevated with every stop. This year brought pro, elite and working class athletes from 48 countries, hungry to represent their team and country on the podium. This was especially true in the women’s field who, in many ways, were the most eager to bring the spotlight to their efforts, which indeed shined brightly.

While this year’s Crit was not without it’s fair share of controversy and bloodshed, a fiercely competitive male and female peloton chose their champions. In the end, Ainara Elbusto, an Italian representing Conor WRC, fought through crashes and sprinted for the win in the women’s race while Colin Strickland, an American representing Allez Allez-Specialized, broke away for a solo win after a devastating crash in the men’s field involving a stalled moto.

Although it’s not certain what the next metamorphosis will look like for the Red Hook Crit. What is certain is that anyone can still earn the top spot on the podium, pro or amateur, which makes this race’s allure even stronger every year.

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May 16, 2016 4 comments