In moments, a cycling race in Brooklyn, New York quickly turned into chaos after a minor fall triggered a massive chain reaction pile-up, sending more than fifteen racers flying.
The women’s final of the Red Hook Crit was held Saturday night on a 1130 metre track in Brooklyn, New York. As with all criterium cycling races, the Red Hook Crit was held on a closed, confined track.
In this case, 60 riders competed in the 22-lap race in which all bikes are fixed-gear, and brakes are forbidden.
As you might imagine, this kind of race is quite dangerous for riders and can be a recipe for disaster in the wrong set of circumstances – as occurred Saturday night.
Watching Red Hook Crit videos reminds me of The Purge just on bicycles.
— John Wakefield (@Pelotrain) May 1, 2017
The Red Hook Crit began as an informal fixed-gear race in 2008. Now hundreds compete — including some Olympians….
— Brian White (@brwh70) May 2, 2017
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Just a few minutes into the race, one cyclist’s fall triggered a massive chain reaction, sending some fifteen fast-moving cyclists flying and skidding onto the pavement.
According to Nine News, only one rider had to leave the competition to seek medical attention despite over a dozen being thrown forward from their bike.
The Red Hook criterium is no stranger to big crashes. The 2016 version of the race featured a similar all-out crash between multiple racers as well.
Luckily the race continued for all involved, allowing Colleen Guilick and runner-up Eleonore Saraivas to finish the race with times of 32 minutes, 21 seconds and 32 minutes, 22 seconds respectively.
Collen Gulick wins Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No.10, Eléonore Saraiva 2nd, Carla 3rd. Footage by Tito Capovilla: https://t.co/7rs2Dg1LGL
— Red Hook Criterium (@Redhookcrit) May 1, 2017