Closing Bell: Red Hook Crit

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    The countdown to the Red Hook Criterium has literally begun: A timer on the event’s site lets visitors know exactly how many days, hours and minutes are left before the race kicks off this Saturday. The grueling and competitive track bike crit will draw entrants who run the gamut from professional road racers to bike messengers, all of whom will test their handling skills and fitness levels on fixed gear track bicycles.

    “It’s the most exciting cycling event I’ve witnessed,” four-time champion Neil Bezdek told us. “It cuts across cycling subcultures by attracting all types of athletes and transcends cycling culture by appealing to a mainstream audience.”

    A series of events are lined up in anticipation of the big race, including a bike show and pre-race welcome party. An after party will be held starting at 11 pm Saturday night after the race.

    There will be separate men’s and women’s fields, with men completing 24 laps around the street course and women 18 laps. Qualifying rounds begin at noon Saturday and the race culminates with a podium ceremony at 10 pm. Admission is free for spectators.

    Photo via Red Hook Crit

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