Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No.5 is a wrap. We selected some Instagram posts that reflect the day perfectly!
Text: Brian Megens
Header Image: Tornanti.cc
As always the Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No.5’s venue is an absolute beauty.
Yesterday was the third stage of Red Hook Criterium Serie 2017 and Barcelona welcomed all the riders with a perfect sunny day. Our hooks were shining on the podium, while 2 Italian guys got 2nd and 3rd place: @vigadave and @pippofortin Looking forward for the final stage in Milano next 14 October, where at least 5 teams will fight for the Team title . #redhookcrit #redhook #barcelona #summertime #parcdelforum #fixedgear #fixedgearbike #criterium #rockstargames #specialized #castelli #cinelliofficial #oakley #oakleycycling #oakleybike #ffwdwheels #chrome #asssavers #woodenlogo #woodensign #sportlogo #logodesign #woodenart #handmade #woodbe . . @redhookcrit @oakley @oakleybike @asssavers @chrome_industries @specializeditaly @iamspecialized @castellicycling @ffwdwheels @tacxperience @fixedgearcrit @tornanti_cc @titocaput @cyclingtips @raphanocturne @raphanocturnecopenhagen @rapha_uk . 📸by @piacca
Eleonore Saraiva & Colin Strickland started the day as the RHC leaders.
Eléonore Saraiva has been racing in the Castelli leader skinsuit since Brooklyn but has yet to achieve her first Red Hook Crit victory. Going into last nights' final leading Raphaele Lemieux in the series by only one point, she won both primes before finishing in a strong 5th position. An unfortunate mechanical put Lemieux out of the race, allowing Saraiva to assume a commanding 26 point lead in the 2017 women's individual standings going into the season final in Milano. Full standings online at redhookcrit.com/standings (link in profile) #redhookcrit #rhcbcn5 📸 @danchabanov 📸@bjoern_lexius
The course was technical with 2 hairpins but above all proved to be very slippery in some corners creating 2 stop and go moments each lap.
UPDATE: RHC CHANGES COURSE DIRECTION AND MERGES 2 CORNERS "Whoever is leading the race after the hairpin is probably going to win the race" David August Trimble on the new Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No.5 course. Turn 1,2 and 8 seem to be the hard ones. Read the article for more info! Link in bio Course design: @david_august_trimble @redhookcrit #redhookcrit #rhcbcn5 #barcelona #spain #fixedgearcrit #fixedgear #cycling #sports #procycling
The qualification heats in the men’s race were very competitive forcing riders to go to the limit and sometimes go over it.
Due to a broken chain Aldo lost control over his bike.
Aldo’s crash in the last hairpin. He broke his chain just before so lost all control on the bike. Luckily he’s fine. Best of luck to him in the Last Chance race! #video by @phoebeerikams @redhookcrit @aldo_ino_ilesic @specializedrocketespresso #redhookcrit #rhcbcn5 #barcelona #spain #fixedgearcrit #fixedgear #cycling #sports #procycling #slowmotion #slomo
However, in the Last Chance Race he did walk away with the win securing a 16th place to start.
Touched the ground in the 5th lap of qualification. Until then I felt great and now I'm just feeling sore. Will try to do my best in the final. . Love my new Oakley Radar 🕶❤️ . #thelegorenveunicorn #bbuc #brillbrill #legor #iridelegor #enve #irideenve #hjc #hjchelmets #oakley #oakleyjawbreaker #cantstop #chrisbuzz #wahoo #wahooligan #supacaz #womenscycling #fasther #redhookcrit #rhcbcn5 #barcelona #race
She won in London, she won her heat, and she won the Super Pole, Raphaele Lemieux was clearly the top-favourite but was taken out due to a flat tire
Unfortunately, Raphaele Lemieux (@velo_ibike) not finished the #RHCBCN5 due to a flat at the begining of the main race. However, she gave us an impressive demonstration during their qualifications and super pole session and grabbed the first place on the starting grid. She is always second at the overall so… Everything can happen at the next stage in Milano the october 14th 📸 @gophobservation
Besides Raphaela, Ainara Elbusto, Ash Duban, Eleonore Saraiva, and Tanja Erath were also among the top favourites.
Ash Duban managed to beat Ainara Elbusto in a sprint-a-deux,securing the win.
Ainara set-up the break-away but had to settle for 2nd place
Photographers were there again to get those amazing shots
Redhook Barcelona was wild as ever. I felt great sitting top 15 for the first half of the race until I got caught up in a crash. Put my head down and chased back thru the chaos catching the lead group in the final corner to snag 6th place on the day. @daveonbike got 4th for @aventonbikes and @chiappuchi was top 15 following a crash in the final corner that took him out of contention for the win. Congrats to @sodanopop on the win in the women's race! . . . . #nobrakesnomercy #redhookcrit #rhcbcn5 #fixedgear #fixie #fixedgearcrit #cycling #crashredhook #critrace #gopro #aventon #aventonbikes #skidsquad #bikes
With 2 laps to go Stefan Schafer caused a crash causing many favourites, including Colin Strickland, to get behind
Both Olivier Leroy and Marius Petrache were among them
Not only did van Eerd get the Top-Antagonist award, he went on to take the win in RHC BCN5
With his 2nd place, Davide Vigano took over the RHC leaders jersey from Colin Strickland
In the run up to the season finale in Milano, Davide Viganó has taken the overall lead in the 2017 men's individual standings over last night's podium companions Filippo Fortin and David van Eerd, who hold 2nd and 3rd respectively. Still without a top placing, in Milano Davide will be gunning for his first Red Hook Crit win in front of his home crowd while securing the title of overall season champion. Full standings are now online at redhookcrit.com/standings (link in profile) #redhookcrit #rhcbcn5 📸 @tornanti_cc 📸 @danchabanov
The Top-10 in the Women’s and Men’s field
And then there was the after-party
RHC after parties make everything better – The race was going pretty well, I was on the winning wheel going into the last bend with a podium a sure thing, but I wanted the win. I took a tight line to jump the leaders as they went wide from coming in hot, but the front wheel just went out from underneath me. Haven't been that pissed in a while, but that is the beauty of racing, especially fixed crits. Loved the race, whole team rode insane, what a battle royal between us and @intelligentsiaracing and big up David van Erd on the win, mega ride! Shouts to @redhookcrit after parties and the whole crew for always being amazing. BEACH time. #djboothscrape #redhookcrit #rhcbcn5 📷@gophobservation
RHC BCN 5 race venue the day after
Now we are off to the beach