Red Hook Crit 2017. Brooklyn, NY

I have personal friends, blog friends and online friends who like to ride their bikes very fast.  That’s all relative.  At 11 MPH, I’m one of the faster bikers on my local MUP.  I have a few Strava and blog friends who like to ride and are the faster bikers in their “pond”.  Then there are others.  #3 son competes weekly in the Driveway series races in Austin, TX. When I visit, I ride with the racers from Mellow Johnny’s bike and coffee shop downtown, to the Driveway.  It’s about 8 miles. It’s a casual ride and we are all chatting it up at a low teen pace.

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Riding with the pros to the Criterium

I hang out at the event, usually taking video and stills to post online. After the races, many bike to a Bodega, AKA the “stoop”. Someone buys a case of beer, a few joints get lit and there is a mini party lasting about an hour. Bikers like beer.

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At the Stoop

Our group passes up that part, and ride to a place called Liberty.  It’s a bar that had been converted from a bungalow style house.  The doorman is stationed at the front gate checking ID’s and levels of inebriation.  The back yard of the bar has tables of varying styles.  In the alley behind the bar is a food truck.  Personally, alcohol of any type makes me sleepy, so the only time I have a drink or two, I’m in a comfortable chair, in the place I’m going to spend the night.  Those who do drink, seldom order a second.  For us, this is a place to eat some great Food Truck meals or tapas.

This all leads up to a documentary for all of youse who like to ride fast. Let this be your goal.  It’s 45 minutes.  You can watch on your TV if you have access to YouTube. Or get comfy and watch it here.

One thought on “Red Hook Crit 2017. Brooklyn, NY

  1. It’s been my experience that bikers like beer, but not too many, and it’s “custom” beer and micro-brews. Tennis players like beer – but way more than a “few” and any swill will do. Guess who lives longer? Tennis players…

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