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Red Hook Crit

Words and Photos by Ed Glazar

Spectators gathered as racers snaked through the Otsego chicane. The 2010 Red Hook Criterium drew a large amount of spectators that could be heard cheering on racers from several blocks away.

Roode Hoek was a village settled by Dutch colonists in 1636, named for its red clay soil and point of land projecting into New York’s East River. Two hundred years later it became Red Hook, one of the busiest ports in the country. One night per year this post-industrial neighborhood becomes a new Brooklyn legend, as 50 cyclists race fixed-gear bicycles at breakneck speeds through its pitted and cobbled streets.

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