Don't get lapped.
March 24, 2012 9:27 AM   Subscribe

The Red Hook Criterium is "an unsanctioned race held at night featuring a fixed gear criterium and a 5km running race held over multiple laps of a short technical circuit. The field consists of elite athletes, track stars, amateur runners, professional cyclists, bike messengers, and urban cyclists." First held in 2008, the Crit has steadily gained momentum, recognition and exposure. In recent years it has spread to Milan (highlights, footage). The 5th running of the Red Hook Crit is being held tonight. Red Hook Crit website and promotional design by MeFi's own fidgets.
posted by nathancaswell (8 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Great post. Last years winner, Dan Chabanov, has a great Tumblr worth following.
posted by Argyle at 10:17 AM on March 24, 2012

What does "running race" mean in this context?
posted by kenko at 11:25 AM on March 24, 2012

What does "running race" mean in this context?

It's a race held earlier in the night on the same track and with the same general rules but on foot, not on a bike. And you probably don't get pulled off the track if you get lapped like you do in the bike race.

The running race consists of four laps around the same tight and technical 1.25 km circuit.

• 4 laps
• 1.25 KM lap / 5KM total distance
• 1st lap ‘prime’ prize awarded to first overall runner at the end of lap 1
• Team prize based on accumulative points (details to be released)

posted by nathancaswell at 11:40 AM on March 24, 2012

Oh, so it is a foot race. I was confused because the highlights clip (in the "unsanctioned" link) didn't show any runners.
posted by kenko at 12:08 PM on March 24, 2012

Including a bike race held at night on public roads and bike lights are actually banned in the rules. Darwin never sleeps.
posted by w0mbat at 3:35 PM on March 24, 2012

And track bikes are required. Meaning no freewheels or brakes.
posted by triceryclops at 5:27 PM on March 24, 2012

Thanks. Walked over to watch. About as fun as a bike race can be. But they've moved it off the streets and set up a track in the giant cruise terminal parking lot. Dudes were fast! Saw one nasty crash that broke a fork clean off the bike.
posted by dbrown at 8:39 PM on March 24, 2012

I was right near that crash! He hit the barricade right next to us. His fork totally disintegrated. They ended up widening that corner cause so many people were crashing there.
posted by nathancaswell at 10:37 PM on March 24, 2012

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