Red Hook Crit: Josh Tyrell and Gophrette Power’s adventure in Barcelona and, soon, Milan.
The last weekend of August, the Barcelona instalment of the Red Hood Crit went on and, as we mentioned a few times, local racer Josh Tyrell and photographer Gophrette Power were there.
A couple of weeks ago, we caught up with them to discuss their Red Hook experience in Barcelona and their next one in Milan (Oct. 11).
What you have to know, is that there is also someone else involved in all of this. Sending the boys to Barcelona was Josh Gieni’s idea. For those of you unfamiliar with the Montreal cycling community, Gieni is the owner of Vélo iBike and he works really hard to promote cycling and the Montreal cycling community.
After Tyrell’s victory at Jackalope, for Gieni the next logical step was to send him to Barcelona for the Red Hook Crit and along with him, send Gophrette as he has a close bond with the iBike team and he’s the best cycling photographer in Montreal. However, sending two people in Barcelona is not cheap. To support the trip, Gieni organized a fundraiser in August and there is another one tomorrow (oct. 1st) to fund the Milan trip, in which he will also take part.
Tyrell arrived in Barcelona a few days before Gophrette so he could take part in the pre-race activities organized by Red Hook. Once Gophrette was there too, they took some time to visit a bit. The boys also spent time with the Dosnoventa crew.
As they explained, Red Hook brings together fixed gear athletes, photographers, and fans from all around the world and during that time, they got to meet people they’ve been following on social media. In the end, the fixed gear community, even at world level, is not that big and at Red Hook, the guys felt like they were meeting old friends! After the race, the boys said this feeling was only amplified.
As for the race day itself, it started with the qualifiers for Tyrell while Gophrette was documenting the event. The qualifiers went extremely well for Tyrell as he ended up second, which guaranteed him a good spot of the starting line of the race.
Tyrell explained that because of his spot in the starting grid, his best strategy would be to keep that position at the head of the peloton. That is because the pace of the race and the sharp turns means that it seems hard to pass someone. Using his sheer power he managed to stay ahead and fast, no need to get fancy in the peloton. This is somewhat true he says to all redhook crits so expect him to try the same in Milan. His strategy worked as he managed to stay in the top 10 until the 21st lap of the race, when another cyclist crashed and made him fall. He still manage to recover quickly and finished 27th.
After the race, the boys took some well deserved time off to party a bit in Barcelona before heading back to Montreal. Since then, Tyrell has been training for the Milan race and we have a good feeling about it. Josh Tyrell is a name y’all have to remember!
To show your support to the boys, come party with the iBike crew (and us) at Lorbeer tomorrow night!
All the info about the event are here.
*All the photos in this article are a from Gophrette Power. For more images of their Barcelona trip, it’s here.