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.
On Saturday Daniel and I (Rudy) worked well together in the Cat 3 race and it paid off. We made sure we were towards the front of the race, chasing any attack, bridging gaps, staying out of trouble, etc. Coming up to the prime lap, Daniel rode hard on the front for nearly the whole lap, leading me out coming up to the hill finish, I just went for it, wasn’t planning to, but thought “Why not?”. When I looked over my shoulder no one was near me. Coffee was on me.
The race carried on as normal, and after just over 1hr of racing the commissarie put the 6 laps count down (instead of 3). I heard a few people in the group complaining as they wish it was 3 to go. I was feeling okay, so I started to think of position and go with any attempt to break away. A couple of guys did, I chased and brought the bunch with me, I wish it was just me, but no, people like to follow. With 2 laps to go it started to rain HARD, which made the race more epic.
In the last lap Daniel and I were up there, 1st and second, we slowed down letting a couple people get in front of us and coming up to the hilly sprint finish, I went for it, just like the prime lap, but this time was too early, someone went past me, but I saw in the corner of my eye that it was Daniel who ended up winning it and I came 3rd. Another guy just managed to go around me at the last meter or so (see photo 2).
Unfortunately it wasn’t a 1, 2 but a 1, 3 and a prime was pretty good. And to make the day even better we found out that team mate Luke Clark got a strong 3rd place in the Cat 4 race, getting enough points to move up to Cat 3.
Over the years, we have always strived to support and give recognition to women’s cycling and we’re now excited to finally make it an integral part of The 5th Floor with a true extension of our values and aims as a team.
We are a group of women who live and breathe bikes. We’re driven by weekend adventures, and breaking the boundaries of conventional cycling by taking things off road. We are adventure seekers, artists, racers, and explorers.
This Team Saves Lives is part of a cause headed up by This Bar Saves Lives to provide life-saving therapeutic food aid to children suffering from malnutrition. For every bar you purchase from This Bar Saves Lives, they send a packet of life-saving food to a child in need. And this year, for each top 10 placement achieved by a rider on our team, we will donate enough food aid to help save one child’s life.
Joining a cause that we strongly believe in not only adds to the drive behind the goals we wish to achieve in our races, it gives our team a distinct purpose that transcends purely cycling.
The 5th Floor Joins as our presenting partner: Their unique approach to documenting, projecting and influencing the culture of cycling, is in perfect harmony with This Team Saves Lives. We welcome their bolstering support, while we will add a distinctly female voice to their many facets.
We’ll be hosting regular content from the girls so keep an eye!
Last Sunday Rudy, George, Pasquale, Reece and I travelled down to Kenardington in Kent (close to Ashford) for 5th Floor’s first road race in the South East Road Race League (SERRL) Summer Series. The race was 9 laps of a 10km circuit (including one ‘neutralised’ lap – didn’t feel like it!), which meant it took just over two hours and 90km to complete. There were about 60 riders in the field, and this race was categorised 3/4, so had both 3rd Cat and 4th Cat riders in the same race. The course had a few small climbs, enough to burn the legs, but not severe enough to cause much difficulty for most of the field…
After a long winter of injury watching the social media streams of idyllic roads and sunny climbs a last minute ‘fuck it’ moment led us to go and grab a bit of this tarmac for ourselves.
Thursday night through to Monday evening with 4 rides over 400km and 8000m of climbing. Mallorca is amazing, I wish I had a more interesting word to describe it. But it was just that, amazing. For a start the food was incredible, wether we chose well or its just a true testament to the quality of eating our there we never had a bad meal. We’re not ones for taking pictures of food, it disappears to quickly after a long ride in the sun but here are some recommendations for Palma.
(Click read more below for more words and photos from Alex Blomeley and Reece Wood’s trip to Mallorca)Read More
The Red Hook Crit seems to stick out on our calendar like a… well, like a big. Red. Hook.
Before it expanded into European waters and before the concept of riding bikes with any more than 1 gear entered our brains, this was the race we (collectively The 5th Floor) dreamed of participating in.
The 5th Floor is not a track team that rides road bikes or any variation of the sorts.
We are a cycling collective, we like riding bikes and occasionally talking about them.
The 5th Floor in all its guises and outlets charts the evolution and journey of its riders and contributors and ebbs and flows accordingly.
We’re stoked that here in #5th NYC 3 of the guys; Chris, Rich and Seth have developed a real passion and enthusiasm for mountain biking thats spilling over into some pretty excellent results and podium time.
Expect more from the dirtier side of The 5th throughout the summer and into CX.