After a long time waiting (over 2 years) the famous Red Hook Crit was finally held in London. You never know what the 1st time in a new city is going to be like, but RHC LDN 1 was very successful. Huge congratulations to David Trimble, from RHC/Trimble Racing and Rockstar Games for throwing an amazing event in our home turf.
We had Reece Wood, George Garnier, Alex Blomeley and Rudy Melo from the #5thLDN taking part on London’s round
We had a team plan for the qualifying round and had a really good run, but unfortunately our fastest lap was neutralised just before we made it across the start/finish line due to a crash. We were told that our hot lap would have put us all in the top 20 on the grid for the main race. But we strongly managed to qualify to the final with our second fastest lap, Reece 45th, George 47th, Alex 53rd & Rudy 81st.
After an unlucky start for Rudy, having to avoid 2 riders that crashed into each other at the start line, he spent half of the race trying to get back into it, while George, Reece and Alex were having a really strong race with all 3 riders in the main group.
George was strongly sitting in the top 20 before he got taken out in one of the corners, unfortunately similar thing happened to Reece on the same corner, but that didn’t stop them to get back up and finish. Alex was having a really good race, moving up places and staying out of trouble.
The first Red Hook Crit London was won by William Guzman with Mario Paz Duque in second and Thibaud Lhenry in 3rd, Alex came in a few seconds later, in the same group with a strong 25th placing while George and Reece recovered to finish in 35th and 41st with Rudy stopping and finishing 78th.
While the Oregon Outback as a ride/race/trip had an enormous impact on me (more on that later) the biggest element is who you share these kind of experiences with.
While we hadn’t necessarily planned to ride this together, myself, Don, John, Bryan, Chris, Calvin and Brad united in the parking lot starting grid and became a veritable band of brothers. For some it was new relationships for me it was cementing old ones that were distanced through only seeing people briefly at races or in the case of myself and Brad; supporter and team.
I couldn’t have asked to share the experience with a better group of dudes.
Don did an incredible job of capturing all these guys who will be engrained in my memory of that epic trip.
Battenkill is what we consider an A race or a Feature Race in our East Coast Calendar since its unique mix of upstate NY hills and percentage of gravel roads make it unique and co-relates to the classics the pro peloton are suffering at this time of the year.
Battenkill is a feature race for us in so many more ways, it’s spawned its own team traditions with our #battenchill and gathering good people and good food around us to make this a real festival for us.
In many ways the race or at least the results almost become secondary. Those are the races I like best.
Last Saturday was the first track meeting of the season at Herne Hill Velodrome. Rudy Melo, Reece Wood and George Garnier were there racing the A(s) and Alex Blomeley was there with his camera. Click read more below for the full set.Read More
Last year I (Rudy) was lucky enough to join Deux North, Specialized and a really solid crew to ‘Hunt’ from Barcelona to Valencia. The crew was myself, the Nord brothers James and Dylan, Chris Riekert from Specialized, Jered and Ashley Gruber, photographer Jon Baines, videographer Aaron Vazquez and driver/mechanic Patrick ‘The Tree’ Miller. It was the first time I met of the group, but after a few minutes together we were getting along really well, but that was needed because we were going to spend the next 3 days cycling together.
The Hunt 5 was one of the best bike trips I have ever done. Beautiful, tiring, hard and fun, all at the same time. We went through some roads that I probably would have never been through if it wasn’t for this trip. Unforgettable stuff! I will let the video do the rest of the talking. Check it out! Make sure to also head over to Deux North for more photos and words by Dylan Nord.
“Inspired by the sport of professional rally car racing, Deux North took a special group of riders to the Rally de Catalunya in Spain for Hunt 5. In Salou, they met one of the world’s best drivers, Kris Meeke, and recorded his story of passion and adventure. Traveling along the route of the World Rally Championship, from Barcelona to Valencia, Deux North ran into some of the most beautiful places on earth as well as some interesting surprises and setbacks. It was Kris’ story that inspired Deux North’s hunters over their four day trip and to this day. This is Hunt 5, as told by World Rally Championship driver, Kris Meeke, and Deux North’s Hunters.”
Heading to Woodstock for a bi-annual training camp is quickly becoming a 5th NYC tradition.
This year it felt even more important to unite the team with new member Rich and a number of injuries as well as start reminding the legs that the calendar of races would not submit to even the harshest of winters.
We headed up on Thursday night with the anticipation of 3 days of the Catskills finest roads ahead. Nik, unable to ride due to the current rehab of a back injury had briefed us on what the 3 days were to hold.
Nik was indeed the hostest with the mostest, the quality of the roads and routes were matched only by the quality of his cooking and we savored both to the full.
Regardless of race or personal priorities 9 from our 13 were there over the 3 days contributing to the team through their presence, skill behind the lens, pans or handlebars.
Check out #5thkamp for each of the guys perspective and scroll through the images from Chris above.
On Sunday Reece and I (Rudy) drove to Horsham for London X League‘s last cyclocross race of the 14/15 season. It was nice to catch with our friend and photographer Jon Baines who met us there and got some amazing shots of me racing. Click read more below for the full set, which summarise the day really well.Read More
Yesterday we #5thLDN went out for some good old winter base miles. To keep one of our traditional alive we finished our ride at Santa Maria‘s little brother Bravi Ragazzi. Click read more below for photos from the day.