This race is man-sized: Racing track bikes around the winter-addled cobblestone mess that are the streets of Red Hook in the middle of the night. This race has been going a few years now and has recently grown to international status, with a version of it run last year in Milano, Italy.
The official word:
The Red Hook Criterium is an unsanctioned bicycle race through a desolate post-industrial area of Brooklyn. Track bikes are mandatory and the field consists of elite level roadies, bike messengers, and urban cyclists. The race distance is 20 laps around a .75 mile circuit which features several hairpin turns, a technical chicane, a cobblestone stretch, and a sprint finish. The Red Hook Criterium has developed a new and unique style of cycling event which combines the underground art of street racing with the intensity of high level competition in a fun spectator friendly atmosphere. First held in 2008, the Red Hook Criterium has quickly become established as a prestigious and much-loved event in both the local community and greater cycling world.
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