The Red Hook Crit Bike Race

I have to admit to the following before I go any further – I’m scared to ride crazy fast. I also love to snowboard, but not too fast. Do you see a trend here? I like to go just fast enough so that I can feel the wind on my face and be able to stop easily without being killed.

The Red Hook Crit Bike Race is not for people like me to participate in. It’s fast, scary, messy and for those of us who aren’t addicted to adrenaline. It is basically not for the faint of heart.

As the story goes, the Red Hook Crit started as a birthday celebration through the streets of New York City. I hadn’t heard of this event prior to this year when I watched a report about it online. I wanted to go. I wanted to watch from the sidelines (also really dangerous) and watch the insanity. One of the major rules for spectators is “Enter at Your Own Risk.” Wow.

The Red Hook Crit captures the energy and lack of fear that used to observed when watching bike races when in the seventies and eighties… when things were just a little looser in terms of safety and risk.

The Red Hook Crit and races similar to it are making people excited about cycling again. Sometimes modern life feels so… safe. I’m not knocking helmets, pads or riding safely. But I feel like everything is just so safe compared to when I was little. The Red Hook Crit is the complete antithesis of modern life. It’s almost like The Hunger Games for people who ride bikes.

The winner gets the spoils.

Currently, there are a number of different locations that the Crit is currently being held.  I want to go to them all. Current locations include: Barcelona, Milan and Brooklyn. Clearly, most of us would have no problem visiting any of these three gorgeous cities. If you have watched this race in the U.S. or in one of its overseas locations, how was it?

There is also a 5k race for those individuals who support the event but have no desire to ride into potential oblivion. Will the race change because it seems mainstream? We shall see. Check the video below to see what all of the fuss is about.

If you’re interested in finding out more information or participating in the Red Hook Crit check out the link below. Hope to see you there!