Words and photos by Julia Baranovska
Riding with no breaks and no gears is challenging enough when it comes to the Red Hook Crit series, though the Saturday’s downpours tested athlete’s resilience to their limits.
The third RHC on London’s soil was promising to be a tough fight following last year’s undefeatable win by three-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist, Dani King, ultimately lapping most of the field in a solo ride away.
With this year’s come back, at least two of the bidding Commonwealth 2018 athletes Amy Hill and Megan Chard, followed King’s suit in an attempt to test the Greenwich Peninsulas’ waters. A Welsh [road] Criterium Champion, Beth Taylor, too, showed up at the race making it 16% of British women among the 60 registered.
“The qualifiers were savage. But I’ve raced quite a lot in the rain this year. I did some of the tour series and that was pretty bad [weather], so that was a good practice” – Juliet Elliott
Juliet Elliott, the ASSOS Factory Outlet ambassador, felt determined about the race and shared some valuable advice for those, who just in the beginning of their racing experience Juliet suggested: “Not to shy away from riding and go and get as much practice as you can. And then anything that weather throws at you – you’ve done it before.”