Posted on 16/10/2018
The team was fielding two of the biggest names in cycling, Kiera McVitty has been a rising star and a fresh young face in British cycling since she first rode for WindyMilla in 2015. She has now become an established rider in the Red Hook Criteriums. Her cycling partner and close friend Juliet Elliot is a multi-discipline cyclist who competes in road, track and mountain bike races. She was named one of Bike Biz’s ‘Most Influential Women In Cycling' in 2016.
After a regroup at HQ, Elliot's physical and psychological conditions were assessed. Her bike and gear were also checked to be race ready. She made the decision to ride the final that evening. "This is my favourite race of the calendar. I'd forever regret not starting this piece of fixed crit history." she said.
Despite her crash, Elliot qualified to start the finals at row 15, with McVitty five rows behind at row 20. Both riders got off to a quick start, clipping in fast and each overtaking riders in front. The circuit had dried and this allowed for a more confident approach to the corners, making it easier for them to keep their starting pace. Elliot, in a group of 30 riders, sped through the circuit at a pace of over 40kmph. McVitty was stuck between groups for the early laps, struggling to bridge the gap to Elliot before pushing the pace at the front of a smaller group of 5 riders.
With Kiera and Juliet taking 38th and 58th place respectively, the result of the race had not been what they expected. Overall, It was an exhilarating experience for the racers and a classic Red Hook Criterium series.