You may have seen video of the huge crash caused by a stalled motorbike at the Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn, New York City on Saturday evening – and now, more footage has emerged showing that in the qualifiers too, the event lives up to its reputation for riders coming to grief.
Now in its ninth edition in New York City – it’s also expanded to Barcelona, London and Milan – the event is confined to fixed-gear bikes, so get a line into a corner wrong, for example, and you don’t have the get-out that a standard road bike’s brakes would give you.
Suffice to say there are bodies everywhere in this bikecam video of Saturday’s qualifiers posted to Instagram by user Biketuhl.
Meanwhile, one of the riders involved in the crash with the motorbike at the start of the final, Manuel Velez, has shared a picture of his frame on Instagram; it’s a write-off.
After watching the video from last night's crash over and over. I realized what I hit was actualy the motorcycle. I hit the guy straight on, first my front tire then my elbow. After that I was under a pile of bikes and people Goodbye to the new frame that I was loving so much. Glad I'm ok. #redhookcrit
And just to show that the Red Hook Crit isn’t just about the crashes, here’s a video from Specialized showing its apparel and technical graphics designer, McKenzie Sampson, coming up with custom designs for a bike, shoes, helmet, and skinsuit used in New York.
Specialized will be doing similar customisations for the other three events in the series this year.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.