Bib number 69 will be worn by Dutch rider Christian Kos who rides for Affinity. With so many contenders having proven RHC experience, we are hard pressed to promote a newcomer to Brooklyn, even considering Kos’ experience. However, with numerous 6-Days and European Derny races to his credit, his handling and fitness could surprise his competitors if he can adjust to this more free form style of racing.
From the Affinity website:
Next weekend our Six Day Champ Christian Kos will make his Red Hook Crit debut.
This is the first of many planned Red Hook Crit adventures for Chrisitan, and we can say he's stoked to enter fixed crit racing. Is he nervous? Yes... but rest assured we've given Christian a few pointers to make sure it's smooth sailing and rubber side down.
1. We've ensured Christian's safety by adding a lock ring to his track wheel... an object not normally used by racers on a velodrome.
2. We've introduced Christian to making sure he can turn right on his track bike... silly track racers only turn left.
3. Lastly we've given him a few lessons on how to slow down (quickly) on his track bike, this practice is definitely not practiced by track racers.
Will these pointers help... definitely. Will he win... who knows?!
We can say that he'll be tearing off racers legs on the straight-ways and left turns. We're just stoked that Christian's here in Brooklyn to represent Affinity, and that he's giving the Red Hook Crit a run for our money.
Good luck Christian, go for the glory... we already have tons of rad Six Day jerseys and lets face it you don't really need a Cinelli. hahahaha
I think the only representative from Australia is: Brian “Safa” Wagner, will be wearing bib number 18 for Leader Bikes. Winning the 2014 Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit, placing 6th at the RHC Barcelona last year, and winning this year's Lord of Griffith is a strong enough resume to make Safa a true contender in Brooklyn. While many of the roadies, like Nicoletti, who did well last year in Milano on a non-technical course may suffer in Brooklyn we expect Safa to use the famous hairpin and technical chicanes to his advantage. As one of the last true bicycle messengers contending for the podium, Safa is motivated to show how Brooklyn still requires both speed and years of track bike experience. Check his interesting blog here.