The Red Hook Crit turned 10 this year. I first did the race in 2010, Brian Vernor was also there for the first time, making a movie and shooting photos. Seven years later we were both in the media tent at the 10th edition of the race trying to take it all in while simultaneously being completely blown away by the race. A few days later I got to see his photos from that day (the one’s you see in this gallery) and the images he made just struck a cord with me. The choices he was making about what to photograph and what not to photograph made me feel like he was understanding the race in a way that was similar to mine. So I called him up to just talk about the Crit, his photos, and why he keeps coming back.
Photo by Bruce Buckley
Do you like Dan Chabanov and Richard Sachs’ Cyclocross Team? I sure do. Right now over at CX Hairs, there’s a great interview up with Dan. I highly suggest you check it out…
Photo by Dan Chabanov
Last year, Dan showed us Richard Sachs’ house and studio just before cross season began. Richard calls this weekend “Team Camp,” yet it feels more like a family visit for Dan. This year, Dan returned to North Massachusetts to visit RS once again and wrote a piece about it for his Cross Column.
Check it out at the Athletic.
Photos by Dan Chabanov
This series is going to be so good. Professional cyclocross racer Dan Chabanov is writing a weekly column for our friends at the Athletic, aptly called “Cross Column.” Head over and check out Week One now!
Photos by Dan Chabanov
The Van Dessel Hellafaster caught me off guard when it launched. It, along with the Aloominator, boasted performance-minded precision with a phrase you don’t see too often for a $1,500 frameset: made in the USA.
These bikes are made in Portland and are ready for anything. With Di2 compatibility, 28mm tire clearance – fenders! and a sick, black anodized finish, it’s no wonder the Hellafaster is a prime choice for a training or race bike.
Perhaps that’s why Dan Chabanov picked one up? For whatever reason, I’ve had these photos for a while, but totally blanked on posting them, until Dan just called me out – albeit for the 10th time.
Frames like this are important to the US-made cycling industry, so shame on me for blanking on posting these photos. Van Dessel, you’re doing it right.
See more of Dan’s photos below and if you have ANY questions, Ask Dan at his Tumblr.
Photos by Dan Chabanov
I don’t know why, I but I really love these photos that Dan shot at Richard Sach’s shop. I also love that Team RS works on their own bikes, the night before a weekend of racing to build team dynamic.
See more at Dan’s Flickr.
Zzzzzz…. DAN WAKE UP! Your limited edition t-shirts are back in stock at Manual for Speed!
Photo by Eloy Anzola
Well, you should! Head over to Peloton Magazine now to check out Dan’s US Pro CX circuit reportage.
Man, someone’s getting sued over copyright infringement. Or something. Anyway, that’s my more speed of t-shirt. Pick one up before the cease and desist shows up!
… and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.
Richard Sachs and House Industries tried something new this year for their cyclocross team, Four bikes, four different hues and they all look amazing. Thanks to Dan Chabanov for sharing! See all four bikes below.
I pretty much wait all year to get this email. It’s short and simply reads;
“The bikes are ready. When can I expect you?”
See, when you race for Richard Sachs, you get a racing bike, not a training bike, so sometimes, you’ve gotta make due. Here’s one of Dan Chabanov‘s new House Industries-designed Sachs cross bikes in “training” mode.
The Misery of the Hardcore 24
Photos and words by Dan Chabanov
It’s rare that I get a boring text from Dan Timmerman. When he asked me if I would be interested in a 24 hour mountain bike race I figured he was mostly joking and not really expecting me to be interested in that sort of thing. He later admitted this to be true. Although I have to admit that Dan’s assessment of my level of interest was probably correct normally. I guess he just caught me on a weird day and so we started working out the details…
Over the past few years, Walton has grown as an athlete and if anyone knows what it’s like to go from racing alleycats to competing in Cat1 road and Pro cross, it’s Dan Chabs. Head over to Bonedeth to read a few interview questions with Walton Brush.
Dan Chabanov knows a thing about bike racing. Scoop up one of these “Lousy” t-shirts at his web shop.
Dan Chabanov is one of the first people I knew who transitioned from a cocky bike messenger to a less cocky, more mature professional bike racer. His perspective is unique, especially at the Red Hook Crit, because, you know, he won it a few times.
I reached out to Dan to lead into the Tales from the 2014 Red Hook Crit series here on the Radavist. Below you’ll find his report.
Red Hook Crit Observations from the Ground
Words and photos by Dan Chabanov
It’s amazing how much access you can get to an event when you know pretty much everyone putting it on and you’ve won it three times. Dave Trimble runs a really tight ship so I consider it a special privilege that he lets me get away with running around with my little point and shoot in places where I clearly shouldn’t be.
I have a love/hate relationship with the RHC. I love going and supporting all my friends who are racing. I love taking weird photos of them. I don’t really like having random strangers bugging me in the bathroom about why I’m not racing though. Honestly that question is getting pretty old. I imagine it’s like being a marathon runner who constantly gets questions about why he isn’t running the 1000m or something like that. Maybe that analogy makes no sense but I don’t really have a good answer to that question anyway. Bike racing is supposed to be fun and I’ve had more fun watching the last two years. So let’s just leave it at that.
In that time, this race has gotten pretty crazy, but this year with the downpour it was particularly intense. After a bad crash interrupted the women’s race there was a sense of dread ahead of the mens race. Dave and Al were crazy stressed out and worried. They couldn’t realistically cancel the race but at the same time I know they at least considered it. In the end the race was shortened to 15 laps and a couple hundred people stood out in the rain and cheered.
The RHC has changed a lot in the last four years. In 2010 I got made fun of for bringing a trainer to warm up on. Last Saturday three hundred people showed up with rollers. The field has also grown decisively more international. Thibaud Lhenry’s win on Saturday is the first in Brooklyn by a foreign rider. The field gets deeper every year and at this point I think it’s no longer possible to be successful at the RHC without being full on. For better or for worse this is no longer a race that can be won with a cavalier approach, some track bike experience, and a bunch of fitness.