Red Hook Crit started in Brooklyn, NY and has spread to Milan, Italy and Barcelona, Spain, making it the biggest unsanctioned crit race worldwide. Now in it’s second year in Barcelona, racers flock from the farthest corners of the earth for a chance to compete against the most elite fixed gear cyclists in the beautiful Spanish city. There are only a few hundred spots available and online registration doesn’t last long. It is pretty amazing to see the impact and reaction RHC gets from the fixed gear racing community.
TRAFIK team photographer Raquel Natalicchio was out in Barcelona and here is what she had to say about it:
The Second Race In The Red Hook Crit 2014 Series Took Place At A Spectacular Waterfront Venue, Parc Del Forum In Barcelona, Spain. Being A Spanish Native I Was Very Excited To Finally Experience A Race Like Those I Have Been Covering And Loving In The United States. Race Day Was Filled With A Record Attendance Of Over 5,ooo Spectators Which Had The Forum Oozing With Contagious Excitement. The Racer Area On The Other Hand Had A Distinct Atmosphere That Was Inspiring Even To Those Who Were Not Racing. It Was Immediately Obvious How Much Dedication, Passion And Sweat Had Been Given By Every Team, Racer, Coach And Helpers. Photographing And Interviewing Racers And Event Hosts Once Again Set In Stone My Respect And Appreciation For All Those Who Participate In Bringing Alive Such An Amazing Event For The Cycling Community.
(Above – David Trimble checks the course right before all hell breaks loose. See the interview below).
Check out more pics & interviews from LBC’s very own Willo and RHC organizer David Trimble HERE from our reporter Raquel Natalicchio.
John the Roadie and TRAFIK present the King Of Vegas! Thursday, Sept. 11th @ 9pm the KOV is going down right in front of the Luxor with a huge cash prize for 1st Male and 1st Female. The best street racers from across the USA will be out at Interbike for an unforgettable Las Vegas race and party!
The #KOV2014 is going to be a fun and challenging alleycat in and around Las Vegas. A camera is definitely needed for the race this year as racers will have to take a #KOVselfie at 7 different checkpoints that will be revealed the day of the event, right here on TRAFIK LA.
All racers must have a camera or camera phone
Start and Finish at Luxor Las Vegas Obelisk
All bikes welcome
7 checkpoints(need a phone to take a selfie with checkpoint in background)
2 preme opportunities for special prizes!
*Racer must appear in all photos
For more info check out TRAFIK’s #KOV14 event page.
We’d like to thank our 2014 KOV Sponsors:
John The Roadie, our awesome host and sponsor
Disclaimer: This is an unsanctioned street race. The sport of cycling is inherently dangerous and participants assume full personal liability. Helmets are mandatory. Please ride within your ability and obey all traffic rules and regulations.
If you’re in Los Angeles and looking to ride with a group, here is a shortlist of some of the best rides LA has to offer. Hope this was helpful to some of you out there. Now get out there and ride!
List credit: Craig Batory
Laszlo was riding a brakeless fixed gear wearing flipflops and no foot retention. We were impressed, he had crazy control. He said he typically rides 100 miles a day and just rode from NY in less than two months with only a 40 pound backpack that he considers “small”.
He carries only the most important essentials like a tent and clothes and we were surprised to hear he carries no spare tire OR Tube. He just patches a lot of flats and buys a new back tire when he needs it. He’s on his third and had to walk 100 miles after a complete blowout one time on the trip.
We hope he had a fun time. There was deer at Griffith park which kinda scared the crap out of everyone on the descent. Then the ride went down Sunset and we stopped for burritos, tacos and Tecate! Laszlo talked most positively about his time at the Grand Canyon and said his favorite food on the trip was Texas steak. He also mentioned that of all the cities he has ridden through, LA is by far the craziest.
We hope to catch up with him again before he goes back to Hungary. You can check out his travel log at this page
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Turns out almost everyone wants one of these in their home town…
Laundry days are good for bikes too…
And If you got a sweet ride like this then you don’t even need pedals!
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We know our fixed fans have great foo photos, so here is your chance to shine. Post up with your riding crew or catch your friends slippin, then post it on our page wall! Have fun and remember to tag #TuesdayFoosday