Red Hook Crit L 1

So the countdown for the Red Hook Crit Barcelona has begun and [hold your breath now] we are going to miss the Catalunian race! Whilst Pedlas Pursuit are puffing and panting getting ready for the Italian crit, it is a perfect time to catch up with the spirit of the series and ruminate on the London’s RHC that took place last summer.

Pedlas Pursuit

On the 11th of July the Formula One inspired cycling race has landed at Greenwich Peninsula -worth mentioning it was also for the first time on the UK soil. Over two hundred men and fifty women took part in the competition and God knows how many of their family and friends have taken of lovely pastures of Greenwich Village.

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

It was also the first time for Pedlas Pursuit (Will Philips and Matt Watson) to shred as a team and on the pro level.

But let’s get back to the start line of things.Red Hook Crit London

The race consists of six qualifications: five men and one women’s.

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

With ladies it’s all a different story. As number of male participants outweigh the girls by far, ladies are guaranteed a place in the main race. You can’t get lapped on the qualification hence lasses take it at a warmup pace. You do however receive some monetary incentive for shutting it out first.

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Crit London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Cinelli Chrome team are everywhere.Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Juliette Elliot riding for State Bicycles and Charge.Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Fleur Faure from France (left) has gained a reputation of a strong rider  representing PoloAndBike. Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Corinne Price came 12th in the finals.Red Hook Criterium London 2015

The ladies’ heats are usually done early. The rest of men’s qualifications follow with the levels of bike handling skills rising accordingly. How do the organisators find out about the participants background, I am frankly fearing to guess. But I am sure David Trimble has devised some valid technique to estimate the levels of fitness.

The results for our qualification group were  full of promise until the last chance was unexpectedly cancelled with our hopes postponed until the following event.Red Hook Crit

Will Philips, Pedlas pursuit

Qualification groups three and four:

Pedlas Pursuit ready to rumble.

Will Philips

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

The qualifications were sketchy: lots of crashes and many stops.

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

One of the races was stopped because there was :” A person having a baby” in the team area.

Red Hook Crit London 2015Looking back at Red Hook Crit in New York, I could not recall seeing as many crashes. In London , however, we were progressing staggeringly coming to a halt multiple times during a race. Though if to compare the circuit, London’s circuit looked somewhat tighter with paved fragments of the circuit.

We were doing splendidly until the last qualification group has outperformed by 2 seconds, dropping a big chunk of riders down by a notch or a few.

 Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Crit

But the last blow came from David Trimble himself when he annulated the last chance race due to the lack of time. The exhaust that went through the crowds was half relief half disappointment which rippled onto our team as well. Either way notes were taken and lessons learned, consolation fags rolled and dispensed.

Even though the organisers struggled to find the time for the last chance, they didn’t have such problem for an hour break.

After the pause, the game was on.

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

No major crashes, the riders were rapidly cutting through the corners like butter. DSC_4880

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

Red Hook Criterium London 2015

The score for the RHC London came to:

MEN

  1. William Guzman (Impulse stage)
  2. Mario Paz Duque (IRD AW LAB Squadra Corse)
  3. Thibaud Lhenry (Team Cinelli Chrome)

WOMEN

  1. Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (Conor Wrc)
  2. Kacey Lloyd (Rockstar Games)
  3. Ash Duban (Affinity)

And special thank you to Bounce Balls for the support:

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