Last weekend saw the 10th edition of the Red Hook Criterium in Brooklyn, New York City – and as in previous years, it’s another big crash that has made the headlines.
In last year’s race on the site of a former cruise terminal in the New York borough it was a stalled motorbike on the men’s event that resulted in a crash that brought down dozens of riders, this time round the incident happened during the women’s race.
The crash happened early on in the fixed gear crit, which was won by Colleen Gulick of Deluxe Cycles.
The men’s race, with entrants including Team GB Olympic team sprint champion Callum Skinner and the Italian former under-23 road world champion Francesco Chicchi, was won by Germany’s Stefan Schafer, riding for Specialized/Rocket Espresso.
As this New York Times article explains, the event has moved well beyond its informal roots a decade ago when just 15 riders took part in a race organised by David August Trimble, who still runs it today but no longer races.
With a commercial sponsor in the shape of video games maker Rockstar Games coming on board in 2013, the organisation has become slicker and the event has continued its international expansion – on 22 July, London will host a Red Hook Crit for the third time, with races already held in Milan and Barcelona.
Since 2015, British cycling consultant Liam Worthy has been brought on board as circuit manager, with his duties including trying to ensure the safety of riders – although as seen in the last two editions, crashes will be inevitable and, when they happen, can involve dozens of riders.
Here he is talking last year about his role.
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.