A wet and probably a-typical summer Saturday in Greenwich was the setting for the 3rd London Red Hook Crit.

The course sat as a neighbour to what everyone knows as the millennium dome in the Greenwich peninsula, residing in the shadows of a standard sight to most Londoners which is apartment construction and graffiti clad hoardings.

With stores from Oakley, Chrome Industries (free beer koozies anyone?!) as well as Specialized with their Allez sprint track bike’s  insane paint job there was plenty of bike porn and paraphernalia for the average rider to go weak knee’d at. Coupled with street food, and some Meantime beer on tap – what more could you want? Good weather would have been nice. Meeting the Cadence team, along with riders from ELF whilst sheltering under gazebos and team vans from vertical rain didn’t do anything to dampen the spirits though.

The race features team from all over the globe, and there were teams repp’d from most continents; with every language under the sun being spoken in the team area. One thing was evident though, a major camaraderie between riders. Whilst everyone is there to do their best, win or at least pole as high in the rankings as possible, everyone gets on and there is some great banter knocking around inter-team. This extends to support – spanners were being thrown around between tents, rollers shared and guys and girls were just helping each other out.

PARIA were being represented by none other than Team Trouble and Mr GnarlyMuthafucka himself, Malcolm Richards.

Team trouble hail from the Netherlands, and embody the no fucks given Dutch attitude of racing hard, partying harder. Their pre-race prep had involved turning up at the wrong port to get over from the Netherlands, doing some laps of the Ferry car park as they had to wait for another crossing and drinking some beers. They finally arrived at 4am, and had to cure their truckers red eyed wired sleeplessness with some vodka. The crit life is strong with these boys.

Malcolm’s prep was a little more sedate, arriving in London, taking in the sights and then getting a few beers down him… staying in a shitty Greenwich hostel might not have been the the salubrious surroundings he was expecting.

The heats started at 12.30 and the track had already seen it’s fair share of water. The pre-race briefing pretty much laid out that there would be crashes on the course as it was so slippy; there were some nervous faces milling around.

The first heat didn’t disappoint with a few riders over shooting corners, crashing over hay bails and generally smashing it up.

The weather continued to dampen the action, with riders taking corners very shakily. There were some stressed looking faces as they smashed it back into the straights. Our guy Malcolm gave it his best shot in the 3rd heat, going out strong but tabling further down than field than he would like. To say it is his only his 2nd Red hook though, on new turf and under terrible conditions; the guy is exceeding what we thought was possible when we started working with him. Pulling the positives from the situation, he has taken the learnings and is already onto prep for iBike crit in Montreal.  Then Redhook Barcelona….

The Dutch contingent also had a mixed race. Some particularly trashy action from Mark (twice in one heat) finally saw him bail out with some major road rash (check out Instagram feed!) and a slightly ripped skin suit. *PARIA KIT PLUG* only a slight rip in the skin suit on the sleeve – everything else held up and didn’t flash any flesh. This couldn’t be said for some of the other riders out there who looked like they had been mauled by bears. Avoiding construction sand, stones on the track and huge puddles meant there was some sketchy crashes.

With so much going on, we decided we would pinch the official Redhook race report for the final for the men so you know exactly what went on…. so here it is….

The men’s field attacked the first lap with several riders contesting the first lap prime which would go to Marius Petrache (Intelligentsia Racing). The early pace was set by Eamon Lucas (Specialized / Rocket Espresso), who was controlling the field until his teammate and series leader Stefan Schafer could make his way to the front. Schafer flatted two laps later and was out of the race. Lucas kept setting tempo on the front seemingly unaware that his teammate was out with a flat. Things would get worse for the Specialized / Rocket Espresso team when a few laps later Alec Briggs also flatted. Briggs was however quick on his feet and grabbed a teammates bike from the sidelines to continue racing. The flat had still cost him 15 seconds. At the front of the race, Olivier Leroy (Aventon Factory Team) beat out Petrache for the mid race prime. Lucas again came around to set the tempo with Davide Vigano (Team Cinelli Chrome), Filippo Fortin (Team Bahumer), and Martino Poccianti (Cykeln Divisione Corse) sitting near the front. With 15 laps to go a crash near the front of the race had Lucas hit the deck with several riders. The crash was bad enough that a red flag was called and the race had to be restarted. Once racing resumed, Lucas reappeared on the front of the race and continued collecting points towards the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist award. While he rode tempo on the front, Colin Strickland (Intelligentsia Racing) slowly made his way up to the front of the field. The steady tempo also allowed Briggs to get back to the lead group finally. With nine laps to go attacks started flying from all the favorites. First Petrache, then Vigano took turns trying to break the field. Both were chased down by Giovanni Longo  (Team Bahumer) trying to keep the race together for his teammate Fortin. Strickland made his bid for glory with three laps to go. Vigano and Fortin instantly marked his move, but Strickland kept the pressure on hoping to either crack his rivals or force a mistake. He got a small gap going into the last lap, but it was not enough to hold off Fortin and Vigano, who was able to jump past Strickland to take first and second. A resurgent Briggs would take 3rd in a close sprint with Strickland, and Giovanni Longo would hang on for 5th.


As yet, Paria don’t have any participants in Redhook for the female race. WE have some awesome ladies reppin it for us, just none in the field…. not that we wouldn’t say yes to anyone who wants to approach us?!

Anyway – here is the women’s race report for your consumption….

Eléonore Saraiva (Aventon Factory Team), our series leader, lead the women’s final off the line. She was quickly overtaken by Raphaele Lemieux (Team iBike), who would go on to take the 1st lap prime. Justifiably all eyes were on pre-race favorite Dani King (Cylance Pro Cycling), who was slightly gapped off the wheel, perhaps not ready to commit on the wet circuit fully. King bounced back quickly and as expected took position near the front of the race along with Lemieux and Saraiva. They were joined by pre-race favorites Jasmine Dotti (IRD Carrera Squadra Corse), Tanja Erath (Fixedpott), Carla Nafría (Specialized / Rocket Espresso), and Brooklyn champion Colleen Gulick (Deluxe Cycles). Lemieux used her excellent position near the front of the race to win the mid race prime. Erath took over tempo duties on the front of the field to try and keep the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist skin suit on her back for another race. King attacked no less than four times, but unlike last year the favorites were able to match her accelerations. King’s attacks would stretch out the field, but they could not shake Dotti, Nafria, Saraiva, and Lemieux. In the closing laps, Gulick made her presence felt at the front as King started to get swarmed. On the last lap, Lemieux attacked through the chicane once again to get a gap that she was able to hold to the line. Behind her, Saraiva pipped Dotti to round out the podium with Gulick holding off King who managed fifth.


The Redhook documentary features all you need to know on the Brooklyn stage and gives you an idea of what it is all about. From our perspective it is about a bunch of like minded people, extremely strong athletes and amazing brands getting together and having a good time… recommended.




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