The Red Hook Criterium Race Series returned to London on Saturday for the first since its debut in 2015. Greenwich Peninsula was once again host to some of the fastest criterium racers from 39 countries around the world. Now in its 9th year, the Red Hook Crit is the world’s premier track bike Criterium series with four spectacular events scheduled in Brooklyn, London, Barcelona and Milan.
The Women’s Feature Race
Current series leader and defending champion Ainara Elbusto got off to a great start by winning the first lap prime but had to abandon the race due to mechanical a few laps later. With her main competitor out of the way, Dani King attacked to distance herself from the competition. She proceeded to sweep up the rest of the race and with eight laps remaining had eliminated the entire field, leaving Ash Durban and Jasmine Dotti to battle it out for second place.
The Men’s Feature Race
During the early stages of the race, there were no definitive leaders. Local rider Alec Briggs of team LaClassica Racing won the first lap prime and in a similar fate to the women’s race, podium contender Daniel Holloway was out with a mechanical. Colin Stickland tried multiple times to breakaway from the pack and eventually managed to do so with Marius Petrache. A few laps later, Stickland managed to distance Petrache whilst further back a group of riders containing Team Cofidis rider, Loic Chetout, were trying to bridge the gap between the leaders. Strickland managed to keep hold of his lead and took his third consecutive win in the series.