This past Saturday the streets of Bovisa, Milan were packed with thousands of fans along the course, neighborhood balconies, roofs and walls to watch the action-packed racing season finale of this year’s Red Hook Crit Championship Series.
Maria Sperotto in victory formation at the finish line. Photo by Tornanti.cc
Each and every Red Hook Crit race is packed with surprises and Milano No.8 was no different – featuring two first-time winners in their early twenties, both making their RHC debuts. Congratulations go out to Maria Sperotto of Italy and Ivan Cortina of Spain, for seizing 1st place in the women’s and men’s fields respectively.
Maria Sperotto in her winning debut at Red Hook Crit. Photo by Tornanti.cc
In the women’s race, Eléonore Saraiva came into the competition as the series leader followed by Raphaele Lemieux and Ash Duban. Saraiva had her eyes on valuable series points, battling out Lemieux to the first lap prime by a mere half-wheel. As the race approached the mid-race prime, the speed seemed to lift. Sperotto, who had been sitting third or fourth wheel for most of the race made her presence felt by taking the mid-race prime.
Sperotto held off big efforts from Keira Mcvitty and Carla Nafría. She was first to the last corner and in the final sprint accelerated away from Lemieux to the finish line. Saraiva’s 5th place finish allowed her to capture the women’s series championship.
Crowds lining the Start/Finish line at the Red Hook Crit Milano No.8. Photo by Tornanti.cc
In the men’s field, Alessandro Mariani took the highly contested first lap prime with Cortina in close pursuit. In the 2nd lap, Cortina and Mariani attacked to break away, which would ultimately win Cortina the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist for clocking the fastest lap time of the race (excluding the final lap). Team Specialized-Rocket Espresso, stacked with Aldo Ino Ilesic, Alec Briggs, Stefan Schaefer and Eamon Lucas were the first to respond putting all four on the front of the race and in pursuit of Mariani and Cortina, who were building their gap on the field. By the mid-race prime, the gap over Specialized-Rocket Espresso and other RHC favorites like Colin Strickland had grown to 20 seconds.
Alessandro Mariani (left) and Ivan Cortina (right) battling it out. Photo by Tornanti.cc
In the final lap, Cortina went pedal down on the back side of the course to put enough of a gap between himself and Mariani to cross the finish line with arms in the air. Italian Davide Vigano maintained his position at the top of the series standings to take the championship, with a strong 4th place finish.
David Van Eerd, winner of the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist in Barcelona sports the Top Antagonist Skinsuit in Milan. Photo by Jason Sellers
Mariani and Cortina race through the darkness with a huge gap on the field. Photo by Tornanti.cc
Fans show their support with racing team flags and gear. Photo by Tornanti.cc
The winners celebrate. Photo by Tornanti.cc
For even more from Red Hook Crit Milano No.8, including additional photos and video, check out the official race report at Cyclingtips.com and for all the news and updates on the Red Hook Crit, visit their website and follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
The finale of the exciting and tightly-contested 2017 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series takes place in Milan, Italy this Saturday.
Nearly 400 athletes from 33 countries are descending on the streets of Bovisa to compete in the fast paced, fixed gear racing action. Italian riders lead the men’s field with Milan’s own Davide Vigano in first place with 84 points followed by fellow countryman Filippo Fortin with 71 points. The top nine riders in the men’s field are all mathematically eligible to win the overall championship, which promises intense competition for spectators to enjoy. In the women’s field, France’s Eleonore Saraiva has the lead by 26 points over Canada’s Raphaele Lemieux, while the top five women in the field are all still in the running to take the championship.
For anyone in the area, attendance is completely free. Spectators can enjoy a day packed with racing thanks to this season’s new qualifying format, which turned last year’s hot-lap qualifying sessions into proper heat races, culminating in a Last Chance Race and Super Pole race before the main events. Attendees can also enjoy a terrific selection of food and beverage trucks, and a truly festival-like atmosphere.
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An afternoon of intense racing went down for the third stop of the Red Hook Crit Championship Series on Saturday at Barcelona’s waterfront venue Pac del Forum. Congratulations to Ash Duban and David Van Eerd for their respective wins, both upsetting the pre-race favorites and shaking up the championship series standings.
The starting line of the women’s race. Photo by Tornanti.cc
In the women’s field, we expected a showdown between series leaders Eléonore Saraiva and Raphaele Lemieux, with five-time winner Ainara Elbusto also in the mix as she was heavily favored based on her sprinting strength and past wins in Barcelona. The race started fast with Saraiva taking the first lap prime, adding points to her series lead. Just two laps in, Lemieux was close on her wheel but flatted out bringing an early end to her night. Elbusto took advantage and launched many attacks, creating a small chase group while Saraiva separated herself with a wide gap through the mid lap prime.
The technical course and strong winds off the Mediterranean were taking a toll on everyone’s legs, and as the group came back together after the prime Duban launched attacks hoping to take advantage of the fatigue, which created a single file field in chase. Elbusto and Duban broke away, co-operating a gap that extended to a 17-second lead with three laps to go. Going into the final hairpin, Duban’s handling won over Elbusto’s strength as she jumped ahead and took the win. Elbusto brought home the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist for her performance.
Ash Duban takes the win. Photo by Tornanti.cc
The men’s race was characterized by attacks and counter-attacks. Colin Strickland and his team were at the top of the pole to start the race, with Strickland an early favorite. The race saw heavy use of team tactics with Intelligentsia Racing, team Cinelli-Chrome, Bahumer and Aventon Factory Team all launching riders and attacks, but nothing was sticking. The peloton of 30 riders was still intact going into the mid-race prime. It wasn’t until Stefan Schafer, with two laps to go, overcooked a turn and took out a chunk of the pre-race favorites including Strickland. Van Eerd avoided the crash and held the front through the final lap for his first Red Hook Crit win, earning him first place and the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist.
Aldo Ino Ilesic and Achille Metro speeding through a turn. Photo by Tornanti.cc
The standings are tight going into the series finale in Milan on October 14th. Italian Davide Vigano leads the men’s standings with 84 points followed by fellow countryman Filippo Fortin with 71 and Van Eerd at 63. Strickland has dropped to 4th place, close behind with 62 points. Saraiva still holds the lead in the women’s series with 100 points while Lemieux is in 2nd place with 74 points and Duban close behind in 66. For more info, follow the Red Hook Crit on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Ash Duban in the hunt. Photo by Tornanti.cc
Eamon Lucas in the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist skinsuit feeling strong at the start line. Photo by Tornanti.cc
Colin Strickland in the red series leader skinsuit was taken out in a late crash on turn 8. Photo by Tornanti.cc
David Van Eerd and Ainara Elbusto with the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist trophies. Photo by Tornanti.cc
The Barcelona No.5 winners celebrate. Photo by Tornanti.cc
The Red Hook Crit sprints into its third stop in the four part 2017 Championship Series this Saturday, September 2nd at Barcelona’s beautiful waterfront venue Parc Del Forum.
2016 series winner Colin Strickland is back in the lead by a narrow 3 point margin in the Championship Series Standings, bringing with him two new teammates on the Intelligensia Racing Team to help defend that lead against race favorites Davide Vigano who currently ranks 2nd in the standings and Filippo Fortin who won London in July.
On the women’s side, only 1 point separates series leader Eleonore Saraiva and London winner Raphaele Lemieux, who will be pitted against 5 time RHC winner Ainara Elbusto, as she makes her return to the series.
The Barcelona race will feature a new and highly technical 1km, 9 turn circuit, and this new design will be even more spectator friendly and accessible. The race, and all the day’s activities are free for all spectators, and we encourage everyone to come check it out.
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Previously:Red Hook Crit London No.3 Recap
Buzzing with fans who braved the rain to see intense racing action and enjoy the festival-like atmosphere, London’s iconic Greenwich Peninsula was the site for the second leg of the 2017 Red Hook Crit Championship Series this past Saturday. With the series continuing to unfold in thrilling fashion, the top competitors battled for valuable points to separate themselves in the standings. Congratulations to winners Filippo Fortin from Italy and Raphaele Lemieux from Canada for finishing the day on top, as well as all of the day’s tireless competitors.
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award winners in good form. Photo by Tornanti.cc
With all eyes on last year’s dominant women’s field winner Dani King, series leader Eléonore Saraiva lead off the line before being quickly overtaken by Lemieux who would go on to take the first lap prime. King took position near the front along with Lemieux, Saraiva and other pre-race favorites Jasmine Dotti, Tanja Erath, Carla Nafría and Brooklyn Champion Colleen Gulick. Erath led the most laps - winning her the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award for the second consecutive race. King attacked several times, which stretched out the field but she could not shake Dotti, Nafría, Saraiva and Lemieux. In the final lap, Lemieux attacked through the chicane and took the lead through the finish.
Raphaele Lemieux (Team iBike) had a tremendous ride in London taking her qualifying heat, both primes, and the overall. Photo by Tornanti.cc
The men’s race started off fast - with several riders contesting the first lap prime, which would ultimately go to Marius Petrache (making his 20th Red Hook Crit appearance). The early pace was set by Eamon Lucas, who was controlling the field until his teammate and series leader Stefan Schafer could make his way to the front. Schafer flatted two laps later, while his Specialized / Rocket Espresso teammate Alec Briggs suffered the same fate shortly after. Schafer was out for the race, but Briggs was quick on his feet and grabbed a teammate’s bike from the sidelines to continue racing, costing him 15 seconds, and with Schafer out of the race the door opened up for Strickland to take the series lead.
Colin Strickland takes the series lead by a mere 3 points, he will be a target in Barcelona. Photo by Tornanti.cc
At the front, Olivier Leroy beat out Petrache for the mid race prime with Davide Vigano, Filippo Fortin and Martino Poccianti joining them near the front. With 15 laps to go, a red flag crash near the front of the race caused several riders to hit the deck. The race had to be restarted and Lucas wasted no time taking the front, his efforts earning him the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award.
Alec Briggs chasing down Timon Seubert on his way to a 3rd place finish. Photo by Tornanti.cc
Meanwhile, series leader Colin Strickland made his way to the front of the field and the steady tempo allowed Briggs to get back into the lead group. With three laps to go, Strickland made his bid for glory. Vigano and Fortin instantly marked his move and the riders pushed the pace – each waiting for the other to crack or make a mistake. In the last lap, Strickland could not hold off Fortin and Vigano who both jumped past to take first and second, while a resurgent Briggs would battle Strickland to take third place.
Filippo Fortin sprinted to the win in London over Davide Vigano. Photo by Tornanti.cc
The thrilling finishes in each race have made for tight series standings. Strickland occupies first, a mere three points ahead of Vigano, while Saraiva sits first in the women’s field only one point ahead of Lemieux. We’re looking forward to seeing how the next phase of this closely contested series plays out when the scene shifts to Barcelona on September 2nd.
Big thanks as well go out to all the attendees from the dedicated Rockstar and GTA fan community who traveled out from across the UK and beyond to enjoy this weekend's festivities. For more from Red Hook Crit and details on future races, visit redhookcrit.com – or follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Raphaele Lemieux sporting the winner’s jersey beside series leader Eléonore Saraiva and 3rd place finisher Jasmine Dotti. Photo by Tornanti.cc
Raphaele Lemieux soaking up her first place finish. Photo by Tornanti.cc
Filippo Fortin crossing the finish for the win. Photo by Tornanti.cc
Filippo Fortin, Davide Vigano and Alec Briggs on the podium. Photo by Tornanti.cc
For the third consecutive year, the Greenwich Peninsula outside the O2 Arena in London plays host to the second leg of the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series.
Featuring a new course direction designed to emphasize the final 3 corners, an expanded Super Pole session and the return of the new qualifying format seeing heat races throughout the afternoon, this year's racing matched with a slew of food and beverage vendors will make Red Hook Crit London another stellar event.
Colin Strickland, out of the championship lead for the first time since the start of 2016, leads a jam packed field in the ultra-competitive Men's series. Strickland sits just two points behind Stefan Schafer after they finished 1-2 in Brooklyn back in April. Other notables include top contender and fan-favorite Augusto Reati, elite German track racer Nico Heßlich making his RHC debut, Francesco Martucci making his 20th start in the series, and local rider Alec Briggs, who has won countless races in the lead up to this race and should be considered a threat to win.
In the Women's series, Brooklyn winner Colleen Gulick will make her European Red Hook Crit debut, as she tries to strengthen her position in the standings against fierce competition - including last year's winner, Olympic gold medalist and three time world champion Dani King MBE. King, who won in dominating fashion last year, brings with her a strong group of fellow British athletes competing for the first time this year: Amy Hill, Bethany Taylor, Megan Chard, Poppy Thompson and Pia Henningfeld.
The race is free for all spectators and we encourage everyone to come check it out. For more details visit redhookcrit.com or check out their official Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Congrats to Stefan Schafer, Colin Strickland and Aldo Ilesic. Photo: @tornanti_cc
Over 10,000 fans packed the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn on a picturesque spring Saturday to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Red Hook Crit, kicking off the first leg of the 2017 Championship Series presented by Rockstar Games. Congratulations to winners Collen Gulick (Women's) and Stefan Schafer (Men's), along with all of the athletes who competed in this weekend’s crit races and 5Ks.
The inaugural women’s criterium was held in 2014 in Brooklyn. Three years later, it is bigger and better than ever. Photo: @tornanti_cc
In the women’s race, Eleonore Saraiva, who won both the Super Pole and her qualifying heat, claimed the 1st lap prime. Tanja Erath quickly jumped to the lead followed by Collen Gulick steadily chasing. The field remained single file while Erath pushed the pace towards the halfway prime, which saw a series of exciting attacks into the prime sprint.
A chase pack cornering with Sammi Runnels and 2016 champ, Ash Duban. Photo: @tornanti_cc
Contenders Jasmine Dotti, Ash Duban, and Raphaele Lemieux all tried their luck to get ahead, but the final laps of the race saw Gulick taking her spot in the lead with her head on a swivel for attackers. Saraiva briefly challenged the lead on the back straightway but Gulick had the faster inside line and held on for the win.
Alec Briggs popping a wheelie to win the first lap prime. Photo: @tornanti_cc
In the men’s race, Alec Briggs took the first lap prime in style with a wheelie as he crossed the line. In the early laps, Marius Petrache built a 7-second gap but was quickly shut down with a strong chase from Addison Zawada and others. Team Specialized with Aldo Ilesic and team Intelligentsia led the field, throwing attacks to see what would stick. Crit vet Evan Muphy tried to break Specialized’s grip on the field.
Photo: Les Stone
Meanwhile, defending champ Colin Strickland - seeing former teammate and chief rival Ilesic making an attack - launched one of his own. Stefan Schafer made it from second to last row of the grid to catch up to Strickland and the pair formed an 8-second gap with 15 laps to go.
Stefan Schafer fist pumps across the finish line for the win. Photo: @tornanti_cc
As they extend their gap there was a hard crash behind them with just 5 laps to go forcing the field to neutralize and restart. The leaders reset with their gap intact, holding it as they battled through to the final lap with Schafer sprinting ahead of Strickland for the win.
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award winners take home custom Rockstar trophies. Photo: @tornanti_cc
The Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award was awarded based on the athlete in each field with the highest cumulative position across the line for the first 5 laps. Trophies went to Marius Patrache for the men and Tanja Erath for the women.
2016 series champion Colin Strickland is a beast. Photo: Les Stone
Now the series shifts across the Atlantic for the next three races, leading off with Red Hook Crit London No.3 on July 22nd. For more from Red Hook Crit Brooklyn and details on future races, visit redhookcrit.com – or follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Previously:Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No.10 This Saturday April 29th
The Red Hook Crit celebrates its 10th anniversary this Saturday, April 29th at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. We're proud to partner with the Red Hook Crit as the presenting sponsor and this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever.
What started out as a race involving mainly bike messengers, urban cyclists and amateur racers has become a one-of-a-kind event – part high speed track bike criterium, part festival, and featuring everyone from Olympic track racers to the fastest bike messengers in the city. With its spectator-friendly, lap-based format around a short technical street circuit, additional running races, and a selection of Brooklyn and NYC’s finest food trucks, this year's Red Hook Crit Brooklyn is a day not to be missed.
This year's Men's Field is the biggest and most competitive yet with 300 athletes spanning 43 different nationalities and featuring 2016 series champion Colin Strickland, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Callum Skinner, three time British National Track champion Kian Emadi, and over 40 of the top 50 riders from the 2016 Championship Series.
The Women's Field is shaping up to be the largest in RHC history with defending 2016 series champion Ash Duban leading a field of 75 including Vittoria Reati, who after finishing 3rd place last year in Brooklyn raced the Giro d’Italia days before a top ten finish at Red Hook Crit London.
Over 1,000 total athletes will pack the day with racing action including an entirely new qualifying format with heat races and Super Pole sessions, and Last Chance Race to determine the final starting grids, and elite men’s and women’s 5k races.
Admission is free and the venue opens at 10 AM ET, with Men's Heat Races kicking off at 12 PM. For more details visit redhookcrit.com/brooklyn-no-10/critweek or follow Red Hook Crit on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.