Despite the incredibly high expectations we had for David August Trimble’s 2014 Red Hook Crit, we were once again left awestruck at the spectacle that unfolded before our eyes. Near apocalyptic conditions only served to enhance the visual spectacle that we have come to expect from this race, and whilst the riders may not have been quite as complementary, they certainly didn’t show any restraint whilst on the course.
We had the privilege of fielding two of our finest in this year’s race — The main man himself Mr. Rudy Melo representing our original London crew, and of course his NYC counterpart, RHC veteran and all round good dude — Chris ‘POSTERBOY’ Pino.
Despite a successful track season this year and arriving in NY in great shape, Rudy unfortunately had a torrid time in the conditions. London may have raised this kid but Brazil is still in his heart, and the rain kept him from making the cut (this year). Pino once again delivered the money, with a fantastic qualifying performance earning him a slot on the hallowed RHC grid. A feat in itself it has to be said. Not content with that, he battled through the cold, rain and more pointedly, one of the best fields in RHC history to finish 32nd. A performance made even more remarkable given the fact he finished his one off Stoemper build the night before!
Regardless of the results, the 5th Floor is proud just to be a part of this race in any capacity. I had the unique perspective of working with the RHC crew this year due to an on going injury that kept me from racing. Working with Seth Holmes (5th Team member) we had the honour of being part of the bike inspection team giving the ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ to 200+ racers and their rigs.
Spending 5 hours chatting to people who had flown all over the world (Korea, Spain, Italy, England, Mexico, Holland, Japan and more..) just to be part of this race really brought home to what an outstandingly unique event Trimble has created here. In this year’s conditions, Parc Ferme became akin to the wings of a Roman Colosseum, where fearless gladiators waited in anticipation of their fate ahead. The skill level and courage shown by those who ventured out has to be celebrated, with special mention going to the women leaders + chase pack. Who, after a crash on course, had to be pulled from the track only to return 20 minutes later to complete there race in a 3 lap shoot out in freezing conditions.
Red Hook Crit continues to grow, continues to deliver and continues to amaze the new and seasoned spectator alike. With the rest of the championship ahead of us, we can’t wait to see what Trimble and RHC 14’ winner and series leader Thibaud Lhenry has in store for us in Barcelona.
Once more Trimble Racing, racers and volunteers alike — we salute you!
Words: James Hyatt
Image: Eloy Anzola