Red Hook Crit 2016 Brooklyn
Words Anna Maria Diaz-Balart
Photography Cole Wilson
As the corporate giants of cycling and powerhouse professional European teams stack the men's race with indomitable athletes, attention is rapidly turning to the women's field. Its explosive growth still hasn't disrupted that special blend of working class pros, messengers, hometown hereos and dedicated amateurs. Money is rapidly sterilizing the men's feature, but the heart of Red Hook Crit is present in the women's race. All the grit and tenacity that defined the early incarnations of David Trimble's race live in on the highly spirited women's race.
Anna Schwinn of Koochella challenged the media covering the women's field to show women as fierce competitors. So here's a gallery of tenacious racers, from the jitters and quiet moments of pre-race warm ups, to the agony of all out efforts. No portraits, nothing posed. And no crashes, just the crushers themselves. We hope you like the gallery and find it as inspring as we do.