The Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit is now a sweet memory already too far gone. This being our first ever Criterium format, we worked harder than ever, scouting, routing, re-examining, re-routing, planning and throwing down every asset we could find towards safety including more than 400 Tuff Blocks normally used in motocross racing... With the tragic deaths of beloved iconic cyclists Chris Cono and Jackie Dunn during sanctioned races just weeks prior, we went big on infrastructure and medical and it was worth every penny. The planning and work rewarded us with only a few scrapes and bruises from a few predictably low speed crashes. In addition to on site safety infrastructure, we recently became members of Americal Bicycle Racing, a national body that provides insurance and medical coverage to each and every athlete registered at our events. We expected the best, and were prepared for the worst. Thus far we've gotten only positive feedback from athletes that this was a challenging yet safe course to ride. Please don't hesitate to contact us with ideas to improve upon for next year.
Left to right: Kelli Samuelsson (2nd Place), Jo Celso (1st place Dog Tags) and Martha Mauricio (3rd) celebrate the women's brakeless track podium. photo by Samson Hatae
THE YOUNG BLOOD
The Civic Center Crit brought out incredible story lines beginning with the decisive win by 14 year old prodigy Sean McElroy of a field of 50 littered with elites and pro-level men. UNBELIEVABLE. This win proved what my instincts had told me all along... that athletes need not be categorized by age... We hope for Sean this is only the beginning of a long successful career. How RAD would it be if 20 years from now we can all look back and see that it all begin with a set of humble Dog Tags? I cant wait. His sweet move to shake the break away on the uphill was described by veterans as expertly tactical. We can all thank Rich "the Butcher" Bartlett a bit for bringing Sean out.
Another surprise was the arrival of pro rider Kathryn Donovan. Less surprising was her stomping of the women's road bike field, lapping everyone but 2nd and 3rd. You can read her write up in Cycling Illustrated here. This was our first time meeting her and we hope it is not our last. We hope her win will inspire even more women to participate. In the track category we saw two less surprising break away wins with Red Hook top 5 regular and Mash SF giant, Walton Brush and Wolfpack Hustle Track Team A's Jo Celso in the women's division both collecting a set of Dog Tags.
- Best we can tell, this is the first ever criterium race that has ever surrounded City Hall.
First and foremost we thank ALL of the athletes for putting their trust in our event. The event drew out not only some of the biggest names in urban cycling from around the country but titans from the sanctioned racing showed up in force as well. We were honored to host a good supply of Cat 1/2 and pro riders (both men and women) in the mix. With our unique qualifying format we believe we successfully integrated riders of varying experience together into a fun experience for all.
Our complete thank you list appears below, but as usual the short list begins once again with Officer Gordon Helper of the LAPD who volunteered his time and seemed to have a bit too much fun this round clearing the course in his LAPD cruiser full sirens a blaze. This gave our race a huge element of safety whilst giving the crowd a wake up call that the races were about to begin. We thank Councilmember Jose Huizar for once again supporting us and providing his excellent staff including Miguel Vargas to help move this titanic operation through city process.
A big HUGE hug and thank you to our producer / spotlight writer Sara Bond who spent hours and hours and hours investigating the lives of all these fine athletes and crafting words to bring their stories to us. We found out through her voice what we always knew, that these are not your typical "sports jocks"... The lives of these athletes entail so much more than kicking ass on bikes. Among them, artists and creatives, family people, world travelers and conscious souls. Cycling attracts critical thinking minds to it's ranks and we are proud to be a part of this movement.
We thank Gern Trowbridge and John Laharr who accomplished the seemingly impossible task of managing course set-up within a 2 hour window. We thank Keiron Menzies of Ride The Black Line our racing spiritual adviser who knows the field and helped us separate the qualifying heats into compatible groups. We thank Dorothy Wong and Jeff Herring of SoCal Cross for their expertise in conducting race events. We thank David Trimble of Red Hook Crit for advice and routing ideas (you can thank him for the hairpins.) We thank 2 time cycling Olympian Adam Duvendeck for bringing out the panoscan camera and capturing the photo finish which itself is a work of art that will be framed on the HQ studio wall ASAP. We thank Donnie Walker for yet again providing excellent driving skills for camera and pace car maneuvering. Patrick Trickmills Miller for providing the sounds. Norma and Lauren for merch duties and all of our vendors on vendor row for providing food and entertainment to the audience. Dennis "the Coach" Gonzalez for the traditional Vespa Scooter duties.
Big thank you to Swank One SH who once again made an incredible graphic for our champion jersey and our t-shirts.
WE STILL HAVE T-SHIRTS!!
LAST CALL TO ORDER The Official 100% cotton T-Shirt (Allow 3 weeks for delivery)
*******Available at this time in BLACK only!*******
THE ARTISTS / PHOTOGRAPHERS / FILMMAKERS
We thank all of the talented artists and photographers who came out with their cameras and recorders to document this race with compelling photos and video. We saw familiars like Mr. Warren Kommers, Mr. Ace Carretero, Mr. Hal Bergman and Mikey Wally.... but I got dizzy posting the barrage of photo galleries posted by all kind of talented people such as Samson Hatae, Rafael Hernandez, Macaframa Colin and so many more. Check our FaceBook page for a full list. Here are a few highlight galleries:
Warren Kommers - flickr.com/photos...
Hal Bergman: halbergman.com/projects/cvcctrcrit...
Samson Hatae: samsonkhatae.com/wolfpack-criterium-2013...
Rafael Hernandez: flickr.com/photos....
Rob Rovira: flickr.com/photos....
Sean Denny: flickr.com/photos....
Serena Grace: flickr.com/photos....
Nicolas Gonzalez: flickr.com/photos....
State Bicycle Co. Team:
GSS Qualifying Lap:
We especially thank the many many many volunteers who spent the day care-taking, sweeping, route marshaling, cleaning, picking trash and whatever else needed to get done to make this event go off and come to a close. Once again, the place was left spot-less. Without the volunteers, we are nothing... What makes these events so fun and successful is that the people who are working the event are people from the community who have a passion for this and WANT to help further the community and sport of cycling. We have a full list of all the volunteers who worked on this in the credits after the jump, if you volunteered and did not get a shirt or are not in the credits PLEASE contact us immediately and I will correct. THANK YOU.
A huge thank you goes out to our presentation partners Chrome and Red Bull. Both brands have been extremely supportive and were the ones who've made all of this possible. When we work with brand partners, we look for ways to implement their services into our event to provide value to the athletes and the audience. Our newest partner car2go provided unbelievable value as our official pace car2go. Those little electric smart cars were eco-friendly and made a huge impact in getting lapped riders safely off the course and out of the way of the steam rolling pelotons and break a-ways. Not to mention it was DAMN fun to ride in those itty biddy cars. Surprisingly roomy for a big guy like myself! We thank Aventón bikes for supplementing additional trainers and shade structures to compliment the water, fruit and warm up equipment provided by the City Grounds Athlete Zone in shady grassy City Hall South lawn.... Thanks to these key partners the athletes got a good bit of pampering as they so deserve. Last but not least we thank Mr. Thomas Forsyth for his un-waivering support of the bicycle community and our organization. We gave away all 1000 of his commemorative spoke cards with the collision commandments right on the back. Thank you to Bobby Endo for making the beautiful champion kits for the winners and the Wolfpack Hustle kits for 2nd place.
Who of you out there actually read all the way to this point? You are warrior. Now things are REALLY going to get interesting... This is the point in the series where the namesake Unified Title comes into play and we see both road and track series points merge into one FINALE battle, the Midnight Drag Race. This year it will be held on the historic 6th St. Bridge. Join us September 7th.
CREDITS and THANK YOU LIST
(this list is INCOMPLETE please contact us with your name/duty if it's not listed here apologies in advance)
Race Director: Don "Roadblock" Ward
Producer / Spotlight writer: Sara Bond
Course Director: Gern Trowbridge
Special Spiritual Advisor / Scoring / Qualifier Official: Kieron Menzies at Ride the Black Line
Timing: Dorothy Wong and Jeff Herring at SoCal Cross
Course Production: John "Laharr" Aunedi / Gern Trowbridge
LAPD Volunteer: Senior Lead Officer Gordon Helper
Los Angeles City Sponsor: Councilman Jose Huizar
Councilman Staff liaison: Miguel Vargas
Steve Kelty, Mike Tunney, Pat Stahl at Red Bull
Kenny Arimoto, Steve McCallion and the crew at Chrome Industries
Mr. Thomas Forsyth
Jianwei, Gus and Mike at Aventón Bikes
Paul Ku at City Grounds
William and Mike and the crew at car2go
Bobby at Endo Customs
Casey and Kei at The Seventh Letter
Muriel and Matt at SWRVE Clothing
Ace Carretero - Documentary
Paige De Velo
Norma Herrera and Lauren Robison / Merch
DJ JennyGirl - Soundbike
Rick Johnson - Treatz N Beatz
Nona Varnado - LA Bike Trains
Donnie Walker - Stunt Driver
Momma Hanako Moondance - registration
Edson Palucha - registration
Warriors / Clean up / Set up / Marshals
John Clark (Osnap)
See you at the the Series FINALE: The Midnight Drag Race on the 6th St. Bridge
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Friends, without further delay.... I give you the results of the Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit:
Current standings in the Wolfpack Hustle Unified Title Series:
photos graciously provided by Adam Duvendeck... I want these printed signed and on my wall.