Fixed gear event not just about the chutes though - we have a Specialized custom kit film too

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.

> Video: Stalled moto causes massive stack at Red Hook Crit

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.



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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.