Hooked on Redhook Crit
The week of Red Hook arrived had finally arrived. I had spent the last 3 months traveling by bike across the US and to team camp and it was finally time to line up for the first race on LA Sweat. We were all there, ready to race. Kelli and I arrived early Monday morning, while Ashley and Fleur came in Wednesday and Thursday. This time was a full schedule packed with photo shoots, rides and party's every day.
Early in the week, we did the classic ride in Prospect Park. During crit week it is the place to be and the place to be seen. Where you run into your friends from around the world. Come Thursday it was full on, Fleur arrived directly from the airport to the Chrome Industries party on no sleep and full-blown jet lag. We were all a bit tired but nothing was going to stop us from partaking in the classic pre-race parties of Redhook Crit Week.
On Friday we started with a great breakfast together with Kryptonite, the weather was surprisingly bad and cold, after days of perfect sunny weather. We decided that is must be the curse of the year because during every photo shoot for the team it was just going to rain. We met up with the Castelli crew to shoot our first episode of a 4 part series. We took it easy and decided to cruise around Brooklyn and end up in a coffee shop perfectly named Sweat Shop Coffee. We split out by midday as the official party was in the afternoon. I was feeling terrible, my body was struggling from months on the road so I stayed in that night.
The day of the race arrived, and it started pretty early, this year the course changed so we all met by 10 am at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to test the new course for a couple laps. We were all feeling a bit shaken after hearing the news of Tiffany's crash at Speedweek. But we were there to work and race and give it everything. The new course was fast, so different from the years before, with 9 turns that made you think twice about which gear was the right one. Qualifying was good, Ashely and I passed straight to the final, but Fleur was just out of the top qualifying and had to do the "another chance race". She did great in that race and passed to the final as well. We had some time to take a nap, eat and rest until getting ready for the finals. Nerves were high, we wanted to have a good team result and work together. We got dressed, bikes ready, and we went to warm up. It all went very fast, with the race being only 40min it's over in a blink of an eye. I went for the primes, and Ashley stuck to the front group until the end and had an amazing result finishing 8th. Even when the rain started it didn't slow us down.
Redhook is a special event and we are happy with the result after a whirlwind week of events. Now onto the next block of racing!
Photos provided by @caropaulette, @danchabanov, @michelundy @lariosjuan