Two hundred athletes from fifteen countries will attempt to qualify for eighty-five race spots on October 12 in Milano, Italy.
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The Red Hook Criterium and Rockstar Games welcome local producer Officine Sfera, technical partner Ciclistica and new sponsors Oakley, Ass Savers, Birra Plurale, Deus Ex Machina, and Ferri Veloci along with continued support from Cinelli, Castelli Cycling, Giro Sport Design, hatchMAP, Selle San Marco, Iridefixed Modena, and Fifo Cycle. For the second year the race will benefit from an official partnership with the Comune di Milano.
The Red Hook Criterium features world-class road racers, track specialists, bike messengers and urban cyclists competing over multiple laps around a short technical circuit. Fixed-gear track bikes are mandatory, requiring riders to possess street-tuned handling skills and high levels of fitness.
With the first rounds held in Red Hook Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Barcelona, Spain the crit now moves to Milano, Italy as the fourth and final round of the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series. This edition will feature two hundred competitors from fifteen countries attempting to qualify for eighty-five race spots. After three races the championship points standings are tight with Neil Bezdek (Team Cinell Milano) holding a twenty-three point lead over Kyle Murphy (Mash SF) with last year’s Milano winner Evan Murphy (Stanridge x DSC) a further three points behind. Stefan Vis (WIT Industries / F.A.S.T Amsterdam), Rainier Schaefer (Mash SF), Walton Brush (Mash SF), Marc Marino (LOW // Cadence), and Cooper Ray (ROSKO / King Kog) remain in close contention for a top three finish in the final standings. The top Italian Francesco Martucci (Iridefixed Modena) is ninth overall and eager to prove himself on home roads. Former Red Hook Criterium Milano champion Jon Ander Ortuondo (L’uomo Col Martello) from Spain is also confirmed.
“After three thrilling years Milano has established itself as the Red Hook Crit’s second home“ said race director David Trimble. “We are proud to have the opportunity to put on an exciting show year after year for the residents of Milano and the greater Italian cycling community.”
“The Red Hook Criterium has developed into such a competitive, influential, and spectacular race that it has begun to compete with professional cycling events.” said Jessica Rosciglione of Officine Sfera. “By offering all levels of cyclists the opportunity to participate on an internationally acclaimed stage the race has reached a new level of interest in Italy.“