On June 10, the 5th edition of the King of Track crit in South-Korea will take place. Last year it was Augusto Reati that took the win. The race is organised by Hansei Int, and promises to be highly competitive with the Engine 11 and Supernova team starting. The crit takes place in Go-Yang city, which is close to Seoul. We spoke briefly with race director Sei Haeng Lee, who organises 1 track race and 1 fixed gear crit every year, on how the crit came about, this years’ edition, the fixed gear scene in Korea, and the future of the sport.
The fixed gear scene in Korea started like in many cities as a trend, a fashion thing. “It started as a trend enjoyed by young people. Our first crit was hosted to promote the culture of fix-gear bikes and amateur racing. In the past, many fixed gear riders just wanted to show off their bike skills on the street with traffic jam. We want to create another bike attraction, crit racing which hopefully brings a more professional mindset in fixed gear racing.”
For this year another spectacle can be expected. “It is like a Red Hook Crit in an Asian market. It is located in the Ilsan Culture Park (Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do) which is around 20min by car from Seoul. The course is 1k long with 2 hairpins and 2 corners., Frames, wheelsets, bike parts and more provided by our sponsors are there to win for the podium in each category.”
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