Red Hook Criterium will suspend its series in 2019

The Red Hook Criterium, the iconic race that popularized cycling’s fixed-gear criterium format which began on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn, will suspend its series in 2019.

Red Hook Criterium will suspend its series in 2019

Red Hook

The Red Hook Criterium, the iconic race that popularized cycling’s fixed-gear criterium format which began on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn, will suspend its series in 2019.

David Trimble, the series founder and owner, told VeloNews that he canceled the 2019 races after learning that the event’s sponsorship revenue was unable to cover its mounting overhead costs.

Trimble said he plans to revive the series after a year off.

“There were, in my opinion, bad options to continue this year at a lower level,” Trimble said. “But for me, reaching the full ambition of the race is my idea. So, instead of scrambling to find solutions for this year, I’m going to take a year and relaunch it in the future.”

At its peak, the Red Hook series encompassed four fixed-gear criterium races across the globe, with events in New York City, London, Barcelona, and Milan. Each race attracted thousands of spectators and hundreds of participants, from WorldTour pro riders to novice racers. Riders pedaled on fixed-gear track bicycles across a winding, twisting criterium circuit. The unorthodox format produced dramatic racing and unpredictable tactics.

 

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