I heart trying new types of bike riding. So when the topic of Red Hook Crit London came up, I was like “hells yeah”!
Nerves were high, but team mate tips and chatting with friends put me at ease. Gear ratio decisions dominated.
Qualifiers were weird, there were a number of crashes meaning a lot of stop and go. As a newbie I didn’t quite get how fast you could take those corners.
Everyone form 5th is decently placed after the qualifiers. Go team!
Race time, it crept up quickly. I line up next to Dani King. Hero!
And it begins, holy f**k, we’re going into those corners so fast. The crowds were immense. It felt like there was someone shouting for me the whole way round. It takes a few laps for me to relax into it, it’s just riding a bike.
Mental check, I got this. I start moving up the field. A few places each lap. Legs are feeling good, so knew I could get to the front of the group for a good position going into the spring.
And then suddenly we’ve been lapped by Dani, we’re being pulled. The whole field is pulled apart from 3 riders. After the shock that our race is over settles, we cheer Dani to a stunning win.
Next up the boys. We’re shouting like crazy, they’re doing awesome. At one point we lost it, “they’re all together”. George, Reece and Alex, all positioned nicely at the sharp end of the race. With what’s left of our voices we go mental for the last laps.
And then it’s over. Warm-down. And with racing there’s disappointments and adrenaline highs. But there’s always another race.
Big up to the organisers for putting on a really awesome event and the insane crowds. I’ve never experienced anything like it, it was ace. Bring on the next one!