Here we are again!
After last year’s successful debut, The Red Hook Criterium was ready to start again in Barcelona and Team Cinelli Chrome couldn’t hold back. It took a day’s worth of driving and three long flights from halfway around the world to reunite Team Cinelli Chrome in sunny Spain, just in time for some laps on the local Velodrom d’Horte with the rest of the Red Hook Crit riders.
As always, the pre-race rager reunited teams and friends. The time passed too quickly, and soon it was time to face the big race. Teamwork paid off and six out of seven of us qualified. Giorgio had to work his ass off in the last chance race but fought his way to the main race brilliantly. The oldest and toughest of the pack!
The race was insane with a lot of crashes. Even the experienced Neil Bezdek took a fall, but fortunately without any major injuries. The rest of Team Cinelli Chrome battled to the final lap earning 13th, 14th, and 16th for Alessandro, Alfred, and I.
In the women’s race, Kelli had to fight with new, aggressive riders and a severely injured hip. Despite her torn cartilage, Kelli finished ninth. Tired, injured, and not exactly satisfied, Team Cinelli Chrome called it a day and celebrated with our fellow riders over ice-cold cervezas.
Minds are already set on the next Red Hook in Milan, the final stage of this incredible race season. We are feel proud and lucky that Team Cinelli Chrome is going into this final race with a one-point lead. Crazy!
Race Standings can be found here.
Contributed by: Team Cinelli Chrome Rider, Paolo Bravini
Photo Credit: Silvia Galliani and Federico Stanzani