08 Jul 2016 Red Hook Crit London Preview
For the second year in a row Red Hook Criterium series head to London. London will witness the second round of the 2016 series and big expectations and crowds are expected again at the capital city of the United Kingdom.
It is well known that cycling has incredibly flourished in the UK during the past few years. Hosting the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, great cycling stars and teams that have emerged such as Wiggins, Cavendish or Team Sky, their impressive Great Britain Track High Performance Unit as well as the creation of various new cycling races (including this one) are some the reasons or factors that may have contributed to the growth in cycling popularity in the UK.
Previous edition (2015 Red Hook Criterium London)
Puerto Rican rider William Guzmán won the previous edition of the race. Guzmán has switched teams this season joining Dosnoventa. Colombian rider Mario Paz Duque, who rides for Iride Modena, and French rider Thibaud Lhenry, who won the series in 2014, finished in second and third place respectively.
Spanish rider Ainara Elbusto (Conor WRC Team), who balances track, criterium and road racing, won the previous edition of the Women’s Criterium. American riders Kacey Lloyd and Ash Duban completed the podium in second and third place respectively.
2015 Official Race video
2016 Red Hook Criterium London – Saturday, July 9th
Despite its six technical bends London’s race circuit, located on the Greenwich Peninsula, is a very fast one. We will expect a very fast race as in the previous edition of the race (fastest lap under 1’28”) with multiple attacks and breakaway attempts.
Current overall standings will determine somehow how aggressively some riders will rider at the second edition of the race.
Colin Strickland (Alles Allez Specialized) leads the series with 38 points, followed by Ivan Ravaioli (Team Cinelli Chrome) with 30 points and Aldo Ino Nesic (Alles Allez Specialized) with 27 points, in second and third position respectively. Local rider Alec Briggs (La Classica Racing Team by Speedgang) will definitely ride aggressively, attacking and trying to break away as he did in the previous edition. He currently sits in seventh place with 19 points.
At the Women’s RHC series, Spanish rider Ainara Elbusto is the current leader with 41 points. Ash Duban (Affinity Cycles) is second with 30 points, while Vittoria Reatti (La Classica Racing Team by Speedgang) sits in third place with 27 points. Spanish Irene Usabiaga (Poloandbike) sits in fourth place with 24 points.
TP Olympic champion Dani King will participate in the race. Former member of GB track cycling program King heads to the race after not being selected for Río Olympics road race. A very controversial decision from GB cycling federation, which has been surrounded by unethical and disrespectful behaviours during the previous months.