For one evening each year, a dormant, ¾-mile stretch of pavement in post-industrial Red Hook, Brooklyn, comes to life for the Red Hook Criterium, a fixed gear, brakeless, technical cycling race that brings over 250 competitors from across the world together each spring. Watch the video above to get a taste of the 2014 action; the full video covering the race will be available soon here on redbull.com/bike.
The Crit started as an informal, unpermitted street race for organizer and track bike enthusiast Dave Trimble’s birthday, and has evolved into an international series that brings together track riders, road cyclists, cyclocross riders, and thousands of fans the world over.
Kicking off in Brooklyn and traveling to Barcelona and Milan through 2014, Trimble’s events are known for having a fast course, an iconic setting, and fierce competition. In the 2014 Brooklyn race, the rivalries were stronger than ever and, with a gnarly downpour of rain throughout race day, the competition was even more demanding.
While you’re getting your fix of track-bike, street-cycling craziness, watch this video on the roots of unsanctioned bike racing produced by our friends at Red Bull Canada as part of a look ahead to the Red Bull Race the Place event in Toronto. The messenger and fixed culture runs deep in the US and Canada, and each year a group of talented Canadian racers travel to Brooklyn to compete in the Red Hook Criterium. That international connection is what drives so many people to stay on bikes with one gear and constant velocity.