The San Francisco cyclocross season has several race series to choose from on any given weekend in the fall. By traveling under two hours in most directions, you can be racing a double every weekend from September to January. One of the most popular events is the B.A.S.P.S. night race. This full day of races happens just outside of the city limits and is a chance for friends and family of the racers to come out and cheer. With no real rain to speak of this season, and warmer then normal temps for November, this year’s crowd was large, loud, and inhaling dirt together. This race is fun to photograph because it happens from day, through dusk, and into the evening—offering all levels of racing, mixed with all types of light. Enclosed are some moments captured Saturday evening at Sierra Point.It has been fun to see TCB grow as a company, and see their employees rally as a team.Eddy and Yan help out in the shop when they are not in school. It was great to be out and cheer for them in the single speed Bs. Rightly known as the “killer Bs” for its fast and loose racing style.Hey what’s up man? This event happens in the shadow of San Bruno Mountain, beside a marina, creating the most scenic office park in the Bay Area.RJ, like the others will have a dirt cough for a few days.The organizers made one mud section on an otherwise dry lap. Like birds in a bird bath, racers just wanted that ‘cross feeling, even if it came out of a hose.This is Cubby. He is a natural on any bike. This was his first cross race and he found himself on the podium at the end of the evening.Water was added between races making the mud deeper as the night went on. Spectators would tempt riders to test the softer lines with dollar bills.Single Speed Bs headed out as the sun was setting. This course has a ton of corners, so taking gears out of the equation works for many racers.Gabe Cubby converted his bar bike into his race bike by taking the fork from an old Kelly and swapping it with his track fork.Eddy and RichRun-upYanChelsea on the last straightaway, last chance to make a pass.Non-pro cyclocross in the US is fun, and we like that. Here a racer got tangled in the barrier tape, and saw a moment to refesh.The moon was near full in a clear sky, offering a bit of extra light for the racers.Neutral supportRainier was called up for the start of the last race of the night: Elite Men As.Derek kept up a fast pace over one of the sets of barriers.Thank you to the event staff for helping keep Bay Area cyclocross alive and thriving. Now just if we can get back into Golden Gate Park for 2015!Scotty Chapin is a beast and Bay Area racers are accustomed to getting beat down by him on this course. Once again, he dropped the geared field on a single gear. Nice work! Bright headlamp!The lunar surface, or an unnatural color of gray earth at Sierra Point.Rainier getting a kick out of a racer running straight toward him in one of the sets of barriers on the course.As the night drew to a close, this top corner on “Heckle Hill” gathered the rowdy fans. All the fun you would expect from a non-pro CX race in the states. Derek finishing the geared As on his SSCX after a rear flat put him in the pits for a bike swap.Cinelli has closed production of our SSCX frame set for 2015. This bike is so much fun we hope to be able to bring it back to production again one day. Let your Cinelli dealer know if you are looking for one. There are still a few left!
With the 2014 Red Hook Criterium season behind us, we wanted to share some details from the Milano stop. As a shop and team, our goal has always been to help our friends race bikes and see how far they can take it. For 2015, three members out of our five-racer Crit team are signed with professional road teams. Walton, Kyle, and Evan will all race pro next year. We do not know what the future of MASH at Red Hook events will bring, but we are completely happy about seeing our friends go from riding on the street, to racing alleycats, to racing road, cyclocross, fixed crits, and ultimately taking it to the next level as professional athletes. SO STOKED FOR THESE GUYS!
As we look back at the Milano photos, they mean a little more to me now. This group of friends would be riding together, on or off a team, so to put them on a plane and go to the other side of the planet for a few days is all the more special. Chas has inspired these guys on the street for years. Rainier was the first of the group to make it as a Category 1 road racer. This is the fuel that pushes each other to take risks and make progress toward personal goals. Enclosed are some details from the Red Hook Milano earlier this month and some behind the scenes notes from the trip. Rainier warming up before qualifiers. Traveling internationally for these events makes it impossible to have many of the amenities that help a racer prepare. We are thankful to San Marco for the use of their tent and Cinelli for a few sets of rollers. We always scrap something together, so thanks for this support.This was the first race that we could celebrate Kyle and Evan racing on the same team at a Red Hook event. The Cinelli family was excited about this bond as well. Evan and Kyle work with Tom Sachs. Get your wheel, or seat stolen once and you create a system that helps you in future situations. Serial numbering everything.PinningChas qualifying in the team CX skin suit. Was awesome to see this suit on the road.As a testament to these races getting faster each year, the course lap time was three seconds faster than the same course raced in 2013.Chas did not race in Barcelona, so was required to qualify with group 2. This ended up working in his favor, setting a strong start for the main men’s race.Garrett understands MASH completely and for this reason he helps the team feel pro on the bike. The 2015 Cinelli Parallax with the theme throughout the Castelli Skinsuit and Giro Synthe helmets. Feel fast=go fast.Dave leading the neutral lap.The crowd at this race was one of the largest so far. It made it difficult to get to vantage points for shooting, but that was made up by the excitement of the masses.
Come win $100.00 from Steve T!
Mike told me that i wanted to put a heart on a top cap. i don’t remember saying this at all, but when they showed up at mash a few months later i did really like them.
Volata Magazine was out at the Red Hook Criterium Barcelona earlier this year, and posted a video from their POV.
I see Kyle on the podium at the end of this edit.
There are only a few small items we live with on the bike. Top Caps hold our attention due to their central location to a riders line of site. For this reason, we like making what we think are some small motivating art pieces. We just added three new ones to the shop, including the donuts that made so many riders happy the first time around. They all include a star-nut, and bolt, for six dollars. Get one for a friend!
San Francisco summer is September and October. if you come visit, we recommend these months to plan your trip. As we are ramping into our fall season, we wanted to bring in some new shirts, and sweatshirts into the shop. Today we added six new styles pictured here, including a new collaboration with Cinelli. You can pick up these items in the shop early next week, or on our site today. CHECK HERE for more information.
Cinelli produced our shared head badge shirt to celebrate our 2015 Parallax and Histogram frames in dark colors. Benny Gold took a modern take on this classic Cinelli Heraldry.
Matt Shapiro is OK at drawing. He sharpie’d us this shield for us, and we liked it enough to re-print it on a clean white shirt.
This crew neck is printed with dark reflective ink on the front and back.
As we are leaving for Milan tomorrow, Red Hook released a video edit for the Barcelona Stop. This should get a ton of racers pumped to the final stop for 2014, and will better inform new racers and cycling fans as to what makes these events unique.