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8bar at Red Hook Criterium Milan 2015

written by Hagen Lindner
Photos: Caro Paulette /caropaulette.com

It was the highlight or at least the completion of the European Fixed Crit-season. And 8bar was part of it with a total of 12 riders plus support team.

The Red Hook Criterium in Milan has been described by many as incredibly fast, fast and fast. And that’s how it was! With lap times three seconds faster than last year, it showed clearly one more time how the level of this racing series by David Trimble increased rapidly year to year. But also one more time the riders of the 8bar Team and 8bar Rookies were able to prove that they are able to ride in this league.

Sun, Soup & Support

In mid-October elsewhere you already get the first snow. In Milan though, we all met once again in glorious sunshine. All means, in addition to the riders and 8bar supporters, the many friends and familiar faces, which are met in recent months and years.

This time we travelled with two pavilions under which we could set up our paddock. So we were easy to find besides to – the well-equipped – professionals from Cinelli & Co. Thanks to Chris aka 8bar kit manager, Markus and Daniel which were all day long a perfect support for setting up the team bikes, preparing warm food and being a competent contact person for 8bar enthusiasts.

Fast laps thanks to team tactics

The 8bar riders started spread across four qualification groups: Since Tim and Paul have earned points earlier this year; they were part of group number 1 with the favorites. In group two further 8bar team riders Stefan, Maxe and Sebastian stayed together. The Rookies split up to earlier groups. At the end seven 8bar riders made it directly into the finals: In addition to all drivers of the 8bar Team Jonas and Eike did qualify as well with really fast times.

What counts in the end…?

The Red hook in Milan is famous for its finals at night. With average speed significantly above 40 km/h the riders were chasing each other at the approximately 1.2km long track in the north of the city. Due to the high speed in the field the starting position is decisive for the finishing position for the majority of the riders. There were only a few possibilities and opportunities to overtake someone during the main race.

All the more impressive was the performance of Sebastian, who started his Red Hook debut from position 31. Already at the beginning he was able to secure a place at the forefront in the lead group and kept constant position between five and ten. Unfortunately he was involved in a crash in the final lap, what took him off. Luckily nothing bad happened. At the end it was Tim, who became sixth after his strong fifth place in Barcelona and was able to prove his racing qualities.

The other 8bar riders all stayed in the first field and finished the race as 26th (Paul) 41th (Maxe), 44th (Stefan) and 57th (Eike). 8bar rookie Jonas held his first laps confidently in the lead group, then slipped away, however due to a flat tire in a curve and crashed.

In the Overall Ranking Tim managed a superb 11th place and missed narrowly the top 10. For the next season the goals are already set: After the tenth place in the team standings of this year, next season the podium in the team standings will be taken in attack.


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