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.
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.
It was also the first time for Pedlas Pursuit (Will Philips and Matt Watson) to shred as a team and on the pro level.
The race consists of six qualifications: five men and one women’s.
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.
Cinelli Chrome team are everywhere.
Juliette Elliot riding for State Bicycles and Charge.
Corinne Price came 12th in the finals.
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.
Qualification groups three and four:
Pedlas Pursuit ready to rumble.
The qualifications were sketchy: lots of crashes and many stops.
One of the races was stopped because there was :” A person having a baby” in the team area.
Looking 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.
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.
The score for the RHC London came to:
- William Guzman (Impulse stage)
- Mario Paz Duque (IRD AW LAB Squadra Corse)
- Thibaud Lhenry (Team Cinelli Chrome)
- Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (Conor Wrc)
- Kacey Lloyd (Rockstar Games)
- Ash Duban (Affinity)
And special thank you to Bounce Balls for the support: