One of us was riding the RED HOOK CRIT in Brooklyn, NYC a couple of days back. And here's Opie's recap. Unfortunately the fucking UPS was too slow so his new set of Ambrosio x RAD RACE wheels and his RAD RACE Cycling Kit didn't arrive in time, so this is why on the amazing photos that our friend Jason Sellers took from him in NY you will neither find him in our team kit nor on our set of wheels. What a shame. But anyways, we're so happy to support Opie and we would be superstoked to ride with him again in Europe or the US. His story how he got in touch is one of our favourites and why it was still a great idea to found the RAD RACE. He just wrote us since he liked our Ambrosio wheelset so much and so we wrote Emails back and forth and finally Joseph Chapman aka Opie became our US team member of the mighty RAD PACK.
This is Opie's Red Hook Crit Story...
"So my recap starts with a Fri night arrival. Got in kinda late and didn't get to partake of the parties and early bird packet pick-up (thank you Heather for retrieving my packet) the week leading into rhc, but was focused on resting up for the sat. At my age you try to get as much rest as possible.
Woke up sat morn and ate some really good steel cut oatmeal with apple spice and fruit to start out my day. Feeling excited I made my way down to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal for racer check-in and qualifying. There were 8 qualifying rounds lasting twenty minutes each. Two for the ladies (almost 80 and double last years numbers) and six for the men (250). I was scheduled to go off in the next to last round. Around 60 racers each round.
The terminal was set up with dozens bays for up to 6 to 8 riders to warm up and get ready for the event. I got my warm up started about 15 minutes to the start of my round and then set out with the others to try and put down a fast lap around the .8 mile loop. From your fastest lap they would then pick the top 85 fastest riders to get an automatic bid into the main race. Then they took 85 thru 150 and put them into a last chance race to qualify. The top ten from that race to line up with the rest in the main. I sat 26 qualifier until the last group and was bumped to 63 after with only a few seconds separated all the qualifiers. Time for recovery food and fuel from one of the many food trucks. I got shawarma.
Main race started a lil late due to waiting for a second ambulance to get in place. Once they arrived we were ready to rock. Had a great start and moved up for a few laps. Sat in the pack and enjoyed the rollercoaster for awhile, but unfortunately I had choose the wrong gear ratio (too stiff) for the course and was spit out the back with lest then ten laps to go. I hung on in no mans land for another 5 or so laps and then was overtaken by the swarm of hornets that was the front of the race. Got to see the "Big One" happen and was glad to see no one was seriously injured. I was also glad to not be a part of the carnage and enjoyed my celebratory ice cream and doughnuts Sun morn. Hope I recapped my experience at rhc well and thank you for supporting me, Rad Pack.
Report by: Joseph "Opie" Chapman
All Pics with massive thanks to Jason Sellers / FWDBound.