This Week: Load Up on 2X RP & GTA$ Payouts in Series A Funding (July 27th - August 2nd)

Posted 18 hours, 24 minutes ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Now that you've plundered Humane Labs and sprung Rashkovsky from Bolingbroke, it's time to revisit an old friend and reap double the GTA$ & RP rewards for doing so. Over the next seven days (July 27th - August 2nd), you'll receive 2X GTA$ and RP for each of the Set-Up Missions and the Finale in the Series A Funding GTA Online Heist.

If you're already familiar with helping to get TPI's stake in the lucrative Los Santos narcotics industry off the ground, then now's the perfect time to take on the Elite Challenges in the Heist Finale for which you'll also be doubling up the GTA$ rewards:

  • Complete in under 6:30
  • Kill 75 enemies
  • Nobody gets wasted

For those new to GTA Online (or looking to rank up their second characters to the requisite Rank 12), we're also pumping up the RP bonus on select GTA Online activities. Moreover, these will also help increase your character's Skills - which should come in handy when undertaking Heists. Bonus Double RP activities this week include:

  • Gang Attacks
  • Mission: Out of Harmony
  • Missions: Deliver a Package Bonus
  • Deathmatch: All Kills
  • Deathmatch: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place finishes
  • Deathmatch: 3, 6 and 10 Kills
  • Deathmatch: Power Player, Kill When Close to Death
  • Vehicle Deathmatch: Kill Power Player
  • Survival: Wave Reached
  • Capture: RP Rewards for Collecting Mission Package

And lookout for bonus temporary mark downs on GTA Online gear and vehicles throughout the week, which will be announced via our official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Previously:
2X GTA$ & RP All Week for the Humane Labs Raid
GTA Online Prison Break Heist: Double Score Weekend

Rockstar Game Tips: Pulling Off The Humane Labs Raid

Posted 4 days, 17 hours ago | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Games

Successfully robbing some of the most heavily guarded institutions in Los Santos and Blaine County requires careful planning, meticulous teamwork and a healthy disregard for chances of survival. In this edition of Rockstar Game Tips, we aim to help you increase your odds of pulling off the Humane Labs Raid - which currently awards you double the GTA$ payouts and double the RP all through this weekend.

Humane Labs is a secretive research center where, according to Agent 14, nerve agents are being stored under the instruction of the war mongering Don Percival - your crew's job is to get your sticky fingers on them. As is often the case for a mere pawn: "Don't worry about the why; just worry about the how."

SETUP COSTS

  • Initial Cost to Heist Leader - $54,000

VEHICLES UNLOCKED

  • Hydra VTOL
  • Valkyrie chopper
  • Insurgent
  • Insurgent Pickup

THE SETUP - COLLECT THE KEY CODES

Agent 14 has set up a meeting with a contact just off of Elgin Ave. From there, the contact will hand over the codes and your crew's job is to complete the exchange without any problems. The parking lot where the exchange takes place has three main access points and we recommend covering all three, with your lookout taking up cover by the alleyways to the rear and to the right of the parking lot, while the appointed Buyer and Bodyguard hang around the meeting point in the center to complete the exchange.

Be sure to keep weapons holstered before the contact arrives and be careful not to block the entrance - if anything looks amiss the contact will be spooked and the exchange will be compromised. When the FIB arrives, have your Lookouts keep their positions and hold down the alleyways using the Combat MG or Carbine Rifle as they both have a good combination of firing rate, damage, accuracy, and range. The Buyer and Bodyguard should take control of the main gate and focus on not letting the heat spill out into the parking lot. To make quick work of your foes, we recommend whipping out the RPGs and going to town on the FIB Buffalos and Grangers to maximize damage and remove potential enemy cover options. Seeing as the two members on the ground will be taking fire from all sides, it's best to make your escape after the first wave of FIB has been neutralized and leave your other two members to fend for themselves (remember all players MUST leave the meeting area otherwise the Heist will not progress). Collect the briefcase and make your escape to the Planning Room with your newly acquired key codes in tow.

THE SETUP - INSURGENTS


Take the high ground and flex those sniping muscles.

Next, you will need to acquire armored 4x4s. Head over to the Merryweather testing site at Davis Quartz in Blaine County and snatch up the Insurgents. Once you arrive, you have the option of heading in guns blazing from the safety of your Armored Kuruma (if you were savvy enough to choose it as your starting vehicle) or show off your sniping skills and take the high ground in the quarry in order to take out the guards, as the gentlemen from the GTA Series Videos fan channel show us in their play-through clip.

Have your best drivers get behind the wheels as the Insurgents can easily topple over, this is especially important for the two crew members in the Insurgent Pick-Up as flipping over could mean the death of the teammate manning the Turret and blowing your chances of completing the Criminal Mastermind Challenge. Your best course of action is to send a Homing Missile the way of the chopper at the beginning to take the sting out of its tail. If you don't happen to have a Missile at your disposal, hop into the Insurgent Pick-Up and use the extremely powerful .50 Caliber Turret mounted to the roof to take out the attacking helicopters. Promptly lead with the Insurgent and have the Insurgent Pick-Up bring up the rear in order to take out incoming enemies with the Turret. While the regular Insurgent isn't armed, its armored shell will allow you to carve a path through the police (and any bystanders). If your team is struggling against enemies as you are heading to the drop off point, driving along the train tracks makes it difficult for Merryweather to catch you. Just watch out for that train!


Hit the jump to continue reading our game tips for pulling off the Humane Labs Online Heist...

GTA Fan Vids: Epic GTAV Tribute in Dominoes, GYMKHANA Dual-Screen Remake, and an Ode to the Pegassi Osiris

Posted 5 days, 18 hours ago | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games

This round of Rockstar Editor and other fan-created videos features a very catchy serenade to the Pegassi Osiris, a GTAV-inspired epic domino display and not one but two real-life rally recreations. If you like what you see below, make sure to follow us on Twitter where we regularly share impressive fan-made vids and much more.
 


"GTAV_GYMKHANA" - DualScreen edition - 2015 by TheS4tha

Video director and Crew Commissioner of the French squad FR SPARA, s4thanas got together with his friends Escuix and syke17 to do a spot-on, frame by frame remake of Hoonigan Racing Division professional rally racer Ken Block's open street circuit through the winding turns and open stretches of San Francisco. Subbing in a fully modded Karin Futo to drift in place of the Ford Fiesta HFHV, the side-by-side comparison shows off a great eye for detail. Feel free to watch the original full-screen in-game version as well.

Also Check Out:
GTA V: Gymkhana 7 remake with Rockstar Editor by The Suspect
 


GTA V in 40,000 Dominoes Screenlink! by WebGuy1000 - Domino Entertainment

Dutch domino maestro WebGuy1000 shows off some genuine GTAV love with this incredibly elaborate domino display that not only features Michael, Trevor and Franklin but also the official Rockstar and GTAV logos, as well as a carefully stacked Life Invader display, the iconic WASTED screen and even the Mount Chiliad mural. Incredible.

Also Check Out:
Real GTA by CorridorDigital
 


Dead [GTA V Machinima] by gtuned

Some may recall gtuned's excellent Bullshift: Out of the Black Crew promo video featured in a recent edition of the Crew Cut. Here, he collaborates with musician Sesh, with some awesome cinematography heavy on the shadows and contrast to establish an atmospheric and brooding crime-drama noir, offering the cryptic explanation: "Somewhere along the line the young man went crazy".

Also Check Out:
"Drift Morning" by Ferino Design #GTAOnline by NGSUniverse
 


GTA 5 - Semi Truck Stunt Jump by BlackSmoke Billy

After seeing Benjamin Reed's semi-truck corkscrew jump, it seemed impossible that anyone could raise the bar on amazing big rig stunt jumps - but in this case it looks like BlackSmoke BIlly may have blown everyone out of the water. Billy does admit "I used a handling mod I made with OpenIV to make the truck go faster" but that's still a mighty impressive trailer catch regardless. Check it out at multiple angles above thanks to the Rockstar Editor's replay feature.
 


Imagine Dragons - Shots (Broiler Remix) GTA V Music Video by FullyTrollin

FullyTrollin has shown an aptitude for capturing the simple pleasures of riding through Los Santos in a sleek custom vehicle to a great tune in past efforts like Ghost Loft - Seconds and Panama - Always. In this presentation, he shows off every glorious detail of coasting out at dawn in a P-996 Lazer jet from the Fort Zancudo runway for a sublime daytrip through the LS skyline.    

Also Check Out:
[GTA:O] Collect Flags in 1st Person (01:49.827) by SgtJinto
 


GTA 5 - Pegassi Osiris song by Unspoken OUCH Gaming

This particular YouTube video may be just one static screenshot all the way through – but it’s the audio that is the star of the show here. Unspoken OUCH has added to his repertoire of GTA Online inspired songs with a glorious piece of New Wave nostalgia that would fit straight onto a playlist on Wave 103. A warning in advance: this synth-heavy ode to the Pegassi Osiris will get stuck in your head quicker than a Pet Shop Boys single. Although sadly lacking a worthy backing video at the moment, Unspoken Ouch has invited all interested video editors out there to submit their own visual interpretations of this catchy tune at will. Good luck!

Also Check Out:
Hexxers Forever - A GTA V Snap-O-Matic Music Video ft David Allan Coe by Pope Broken 3
 

Share videos you've created in the comments below, or post ones from other creators that you find deserving of recognition. For tips and tricks on the GTAV Rockstar Editor, make sure to check out our recent series of Rockstar Editor Tips posts as well as the Tutorial page on Social Club.

Previously:
Retro Inspirations, a Stunt Show Pilot, an In-Depth Rockstar Editor Tutorial and More
Red Dead Tribute, The Hit and Next Level Drifting Skills
 

Snapmatic Winners and More from the GTA Online ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Part Two Event Weekend

Posted 6 days, 16 hours ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In the immediate aftermath of the release for our second entry in the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS 1-2 punch, Los Santos residents wasted no time hitting the streets for a multitude of bonus incentives plus the chance to earn recognition and material spoils in an assortment of official contests as part of the Ill-Gotten Gains Event Weekend - Part 2. Here's a recap of all the shenanigans that went down during our Event Weekend livestream as well as the winning shots from the #illgottengains2 Snapmatic contest. And be sure to keep in mind that you've still got time to perfect your Rockstar Editor entries, as the entry period for that particular contest runs through August 3rd.

THE OFFICIAL EVENT WEEKEND LIVESTREAM FEAT. TYPICAL GAMER, HIKE THE GAMER & XPERTTHIEF

To kick off the Ill-Gotten Gains Event Weekend Part 2 properly, we pitted some of the community’s deadliest streamers against each other (and us), armed with the brand new gear, guns and rides on the Rockstar Broadcast Event livestream. In case you didn't catch the live show, you can check out the full recording from the perspective of either Typical Gamer or HikeTheGamer in the videos below:




YouTubers Typical Gamer and HikeTheGamer give us their perspective of the Ill-Gotten Gains 2 Event stream in the above pair of videos.

If you're looking to replicate the action from the livestream, be sure to bookmark the Jobs we played (linked below) that make the most of the new vehicles and weapons featured in the latest Ill-Gotten Gains Update:

  • STUNTING (EPIC lake jump) (Xbox 360 / Xbox One): Creator FINezula’s huge ramp should help you across the Alamo Sea, but swimming is also allowed in this tricky GTA race.
  • Snake Race (PC): Claustrophobes beware as TheDiabolo’s chaotic Motorcycle Race takes you through the narrowest of passages, constructed out of meticulously-placed shipping containers.
  • Grass Route (All platforms): Put your off-roading skills to the test through the hills of Los Santos County in the brand new Coil Brawler.
  • Vineyard LTS (All platforms): Keep a low profile in Marlowe Vineyards or pick off your foes from the hilltop in this high-intensity Last Team Standing matchup.
  • The Great Adventurer (All platforms): This lengthy R* Verified Race from DeadRooster invites you to burn rubber all the way from Los Santos International Airport to the base of Mt. Chiliad in your shiny new Progen T20.
  • Casino Royale (All platforms): parksguard’s spy-themed race around East Vinewood is the perfect opportunity to take your classy Coquette Blackfin out for a spin.
  • Power Trip (All platforms): Lead the pack on your Dinka Vindicator in this thrilling point to point Motorcycle Race from the Ron Alternates Wind Farm to the Land Act Dam.
  • Eight Figure Bonus (All platforms): High speed figure of eight laps through scuzzy Downtown and Industrial East Los Santos. Pick Super class and leave your competitors for dust with your favorite high-end vehicle.

 

#illgottengains2 SNAPMATIC WINNERS

Photogs from across the community picked up where they left off from the #illgottengains1 update and jumped right into capturing the best of what ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part 2 has to offer. After poring over Social Club for the cream of the crop, we're happy to present the winning selections - each of whom will receive GTA$1M. Also included are some honorable mentions that are worth a shout - congrats to all for a continued creative approach, from beautifully captured weapons to reimagined scenes from classic cinema.


Here's looking at you Duffi_21 for this magnificent recreation of the famous last scene in Casablanca.


Vinewoodonfire is just that, with this shot of fellow Snapmatic Art member (and #illgotten1 winner) quaid86 showing a real flare for stunting on the new Dinka Vindicator.


repdek and Charlie_Goat model for their Genuine Elites Crew Leader HairyHole in this powerful take on love and hate.


Surrounded by a pack of P-996 Lazers, the Progen T20 is top gun in SilverFox2's "T20 Formation."


It's a fight to the death in the aforementioned quaid86's "Pistols at Dawn." 

Honorable Mentions...

ItzMoGu stepped out of the Vapid Chino to capture hanzen2402's road rage from inside the Invetero Coquette BlackFin in "TheLowlyGentlemen."

Sariska gets super meta in this shot of ChaosZake reenacting the new Butterflies T-shirt.

FirewoodDog gets a hot shot of the sun behind the Progen T20.

Luis_Lil_M jumps ship off the new Lampadati Toro and right into the sun-soaked sea.

Inspired by the iconic line from Jaws, zebfar took to the Toro for "You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat."


SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS

We're in the midst of contacting and verifying the selected recipients of the Social Club Event Sweepstakes Prize Packs, so make sure you're not too enamored with you Ill-Gotten Gains and check your inboxes for an email from us. If you don't respond within the requisite 24 hours, we'll be forced to select new potential winners...
 

Previously:
The ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Event Weekend - Part Two: Get Bonus GTA$ & RP and More this Friday, July 10th through Sunday, July 12th
GTA Online ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part Two Now Available
GTA Online ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Part One Event Weekend Recap: Snapmatic Winners, Bonus Crate Drop T-Shirt & More

    2X GTA$ & RP All Week for the Humane Labs Raid: July 20th - July 26th

    Posted 1 week, 1 day ago | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

    This week GTA Online Heists continue to be more lucrative than ever with 2X RP and GTA$ payouts for the second four-person Heist: the raid on Humane Labs. This Heist will see you and three associates get to pilot some powerful vehicles: the VTOL Hydra, the Insurgent and the Valkyrie. Master these vehicles safe in the knowledge you'll be pocketing twice the payout and RP all week long. The double GTA$ bonus extends to the Elite Challenges for the Humane Labs Raid, so don't forget to Crew up and focus your efforts on completing the finale in 11:00 flat, not damaging your vehicles and making sure everyone gets out alive.

    As with last weekend's Prison Break Heist bonuses, we're also ramping up the RP on select GTA Online Activities and Challenges, aiding you in ranking up while practicing the skills necessary to beat GTA Online's trickiest team challenges.

    • Plane Takedown 
    • Flight School
    • Destroy Vehicle Targets
    • Complete a Gang Attack
    • Deliver an Export Vehicle to Simeon
    • Parachuting: Dead Center, In the Circle and Clip Outer Ring 
    • Deathmatch: Deathmatch: Kill 2 Enemies Within 10 seconds, Kill an Enemy Within First 30 seconds
    • Vehicle Deathmatch: Kill 2 Enemies Within 10 seconds of Each Other, Kill an Enemy Within First 60 seconds, Get a Killstreak, Get First Kill

    Finally, each day this week there'll be an additional incentive to make sure you maximize every day of this limited-time offer. Don't miss out on the opportunity to pick up top notch gear for rock bottom prices, and even more Double GTA$ in Adversary Modes. Keep an eye out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more details.

    Crew Cut: The STNC x GLRY Euro Car Meet, "The Five" TDM Tournament and More Crew Events

    Posted 1 week, 5 days ago | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

    The Crew Cut is our special Newswire column highlighting exceptional grassroots community activity, events, accomplishments and other happenings across the thriving Social Club Crews scene. In this edition, check out a massive recent Euro Car Meet held in collaboration between two notable squads, some intense sky battles caught on camera by Crews specializing in aerial domination, as well as a few current grassroots Crew events and more.

    STNC x GLRY's EUROPEAN FINEST #CARMEET

    Ace photog colognemitch of the car enthusiast Crew, TheLowlyGentlemen teamed up with the Snapmatic maestro Crew known as Tha Gallery for an auspicious Car Meet dubbed the "European FinEst #CarMeet" Event. A lot of the dynamic and sexy snaps and excellent event videos that followed reinforce Gallery leader Killa___Cali's philosophy that "Low" is indeed a lifestyle. Peruse a few exemplary Snaps below and an awesome event highlight reel above, and follow both of these Crews closely to stay apprised of their next gatherings.


    AERIAL EXPLOITS OF THE ELITE PC PILOTS CREW

    Commissioners and esteemed dogfighters h8mex666 and Liinex both represent the PC Pilots Crew's passion for after-burning through the open skies with video montages like h8mex's Helicopter Montage 1 and Liinex's GTA V PC Dogfights/Stunts shown above. PC Pilots assign special ranks to all recruits and encourage members to contribute clips to upcoming official videos as part of showing the world what PCPI is all about, citing at their pcpilots.blogspot page “We will have for example Top 5 Pilot plays, challenge videos and Crew montages planned.” Sub, follow or join up with these guys to enjoy some sick airborne stunting on the regular or to get involved yourself if you’re an aspiring flyboy or girl.


    PC Pilot Crew Lieutenant Amocat1 pretty much tells all other pilots to "pick your poison" in this nighttime shot.
     

    CREW ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT: STUSH LIFE

    Passionate Crew Commissioner, Lazarus4life answered the call in our last Crew Cut asking for Crews to share their collective personal stories and experiences - Lazarus reached out to tell us about his stylish Crew known as STUSH LIFE. STLI recently celebrated one year of in-game comradery and friendship, having been founded by mikeaveli000 who had become unhappy with the Crew that he was in and decided to strike out on his own and gather a tight-knit circle of friends who believed that all members should have a shared level of equality, input, and extend a spirit of inclusiveness to newcomers.


    June 6th 2014 - Already friends from their previous Crew, the core members of the Stush Life Crew, POZZLA, davemillbrfc, callmenutty, downtime55555 and hiigzy gather to celebrate their bright new beginning.

    From the outset, Stush Life looked to make themselves known across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, posting various shots of all their latest adventures showing off STLI's unique style.


     
    Fast forward one year and we see that a majority of the Crew have since moved from the Xbox 360 and PS3 over to the PS4, have updated their Crew Emblem and colors to black & crimson and are rocking the very latest in fashion and high-end whips. 

    Over the course of a year, the fledgling Crew has grown quite a bit from 8 core members to a strong unit well over 150 deep – known for their knack for Snapmatic photography and for organizing structured TDM Crew battles, which have helped them earn a ranking amongst the top 100 TDM Crews worldwide on PS4.


    Sitting pretty in the Buckingham Luxor Deluxe, POZZLA raises a crisp glass of Blêuter'd to STLI's bright future.

    These days, Stush Life is packing Free Mode lobbies, mastering the finer points of Heists and share some of that knowledge during organized Crew meets. To honor their anniversary, Stush Life held a "Stush Spectacular Weekend" celebration on June 14th across both PlayStation platforms to thank each and every one of its members for a great year and to look forward to another one filled with "fun, games, laughs, jokes, big bangs & booms!

    GRASSROOTS CREW BATTLES

    HOT_KIMERA's battle-tested Crew, THE H0T CLAN are currently nearing their gaming clan's 7 year anniversary and to celebrate, the group put together this "Teamtage" featuring 12 of their core members showing off what they do best to the sounds of official GTAV soundtrack selection "Hive" by Earl Sweatshirt. Seen as the top echelon and elite smaller collective of the larger CAP PILLAS Crew, HOTZ really bring the fire to their competition in this presentation.

    Meanwhile, KiLLiN ALL ON SiGHT are currently hosting a new tournament called "The Five" wherein the five best players from each selected Crew go head to head in a bracketed tournament style battle. Stay up to date with the tournament at http://challonge.com/thefive, check out the competitors in the official brackets announcement video on YouTube, and see their rules and regulations for the fine details.

    CREW CALENDAR 

    Many established Social Club Crews regularly hold scheduled events which you can sign up to join. The below calendar presents a lineup of just a few upcoming July events on our radar, and if you or your Crew are hosting some fun upcoming activities, make sure to shout it out in the comments section below for other Social Club members to check out.









    If your Crew is doing something exceptional that you think the Social Club community needs to know about, feel free to hit us up at mouthoff@rockstargames.com and tell us all about it – you might see your Crew featured in an upcoming edition of the Crew Cut.
     

    Previously:
    Down Since Day One Founder Crews, Bullshifters Crew Spotlight & More
    The Top Street Racers on PC, Crew Joyriding with the Rockstar Editor & More
    The New Wave of Motorcycle Clubs, Crew Battle Report & More

    GTA Online Prison Break Heist: DOUBLE SCORE WEEKEND

    Posted 1 week, 6 days ago | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games

    Round up your most trusted criminal associates. Word has hit the streets that over the next few days, the incentives from Agent 14 for breaking Maxim Rashkovsky out of Bolingbroke will be twice as nice. Starting tomorrow and continuing through Sunday, July 19th, The Prison Break Heist (which occurs following the completion of the 2-player Fleeca Bank set-up Heist) will award 2X RP & GTA$ payouts in GTA Online.
     
    And for those who don't yet have the necessary credentials or proper location to kick things off, we're dialing up the RP bonuses on select GTA Online activities to help you rank up and Dynasty 8 is slashing prices on high-end properties. GTA Online activities with 2X RP bonuses include:

    • Armored Trucks
    • Collecting Bounties
    • Completing Daily Objectives
    • Crate Drop Collection & Enemy Kills
    • Destroy Vehicle Targets
    • Distract Cops
    • Flight School
    • Gang Attack Completion and Enemy Kills
    • Holding up a Convenience Store
    • Import/Export Vehicle Delivery
    • Impromptu Race
    • Killing a Mugger
    • Lester Kill Targets
    • Losing Wanted Levels
    • Plane Takedown

    High-end Los Santos apartments with a 25% discount are:

    • 3 Alta Street (Apt. 10 & 57)
    • 4 Integrity Way (Apt. 30 & 35)
    • Del Perro Heights (Apt. 4, 7 & 20)
    • Eclipse Towers (Apt. 3, 5, 9, 31 & 40)
    • Richards Majestic Apt. 2, 4 & 51)
    • Tinsel Towers (Apt. 29, 42 & 45)
    • Weazel Plaza (Apt. 26, 70 & 101)

    Stay tuned for more updates on this developing situation over the next few days, including some fierce tactics to maximize your payouts in The Prison Break Heist and special limited-time price reductions on select gear and vehicles to be announced at the Rockstar Games Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    William Guzman and Ainara Elbusto Arteaga Power Past the Field to Win the Inaugural Red Hook Crit London

    Posted 2 weeks ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar


    Red Hook Crit London 2015 winners Ainara Elbusto Arteaga and William Guzman on the podium. [Photo: Francesco Rachello & Eloise Mavian]

    Thousands of spectators turned out in beautiful London weather to witness cycling speed and thrills as the Red Hook Crit made its UK debut outside of the O2 Arena on London’s Greenwich Peninsula. Congratulations to William Guzman and Ainara Elbusto Arteaga for taking first in the Men’s and Women’s final respectively. The 1.1km circuit was deceptively challenging, requiring both fine-tuned handling skills to negotiate a series of technical corners and raw strength to power away from the field down the wind-swept straightaways.

    Onboard video footage from Neil Bezdek of Red Hook Crit London No.1#redhookcrit #rhcl1

    Posted by Red Hook Criterium on Sunday, July 12, 2015

    In the women’s race, the first lap prime* saw local British rider Jo Smith take command by out sprinting Series Leader and Spanish rider Ainara Elbusto Arteaga to start the evening. A series of attacks on the backstretch kept the pace high and it was an attack through the start-finish by Kacey Manderfield Lloyd that only Arteaga was able to follow. This continued a fierce, competitive rivalry that began in Brooklyn and would continue throughout the inaugural race. Over the course of a few laps, four more riders bridged to Lloyd and Arteaga including Ash Duban, Sammi Runnels, Fleur Faure and Jo Celso. Artega, Runnels, Duban and Lloyd did most of the pulling while Faure and Celso were rarely on the front until the final 6 laps when Faure began her series of attacks that would win her the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist, in recognition of her aggressiveness and determination throughout the race. The race ended with a dramatic surge sprint from Lloyd in the final 100m, forcing Arteaga into a showdown for the finish as she held off Lloyd’s charge by a wheel length to take the race in thrilling fashion.


    Manderfield-Lloyd (black and pink jersey) makes a move for the lead but eventual race winner Artega (red jersey) holds out in front. [Photo: Francesco Rachello & Eloise Mavian]

    The sun began to set and the crowds of spectators continued to wrap around the circuit before the men’s feature race. With the top ten riders on the grid posting qualifying times all within one second of each other, we knew the race was going to be a fast one.

    Brooklyn No. 7 winner Thibaud Lhenry, gained an early advantage but it was local Londoner Alec Briggs and Italian Nicholas Varani who made the race’s first breakaway. Back in the field, however, series veteran Mario Paz Duque and American Zac Felpel were spurred on by the prime bell and Paz Duque powered through to take the first lap prime, his 4th consecutive first lap prime extending back to Barcelona in 2014. That move would cause alarm in the field and American Addison Zawada took to the front to bring the gap down and neutralize the break.


    A very happy Addison Zawada holds up his Rockstar Top Antagonist trophy. [Photo: Jack Chevell]

    The split between the front and back halves of the field extended in the second half of the race and ultimately a pack of 31 riders made up the front pack going into the final lap. Top favorites including Ivan Ravaoli, Paz Duque, Lhenry, Augusto Reati, and surprise finishers from Brooklyn No. 8 William Guzman and Raul Torres Pagaza were all in the lead pack and any of these athletes were capable of winning the race.

    But it was fastest qualifier Guzman, who had been lying in wait for the previous 23 laps, who displayed a phenomenal finishing sprint in the final 300m to take the victory.


    William Guzman crosses the finish line after a gutsy sprint to take the first Red Hook Criterium London. [Photo: Jack Chevell]

    Despite the challenging course, the race boasted the largest finishing field ever, with 70 riders completing the race – more finishers than any other race in RHC history. There is now a tie in the overall Men’s Series standings between William Guzman and Ivan Ravaoli, at 59 points each. Thibaud Lhenry jumped to 3rd place overall edging out Raul Torres Pagaza, who sits 4th. In the Women’s Series, Ainara Elbusto Arteaga continues to lead with 79 points, followed by Kacey Lloyd and Fleur Faure.

    The series continues to Barcelona with part three of the four-part championship taking place on September 5th.


    Reece Wood and George Garnier of London’s 5th Floor Racing steady each other on the start line of the first Red Hook Crit London.

    Men’s Results
    1.     William Guzman (PR)
    2.     Mario Paz Duque (CO)
    3.     Thibaud Lhenry (FR)
    4.     Ivan Ravaioli (IT)
    5.     Fabio Scazaratti (IT)
    6.     Augusto Reati (IT)
    7.     Daniele Callegarin (IT)
    8.     Zac Felpel (US)
    9.     Roberto Barone (IT)
    10.   Raul Torres Pagaza (MX) 

    1st Lap (Breakfast prime): Mario Paz Duque (CO)
    Halfway (Dinner prime): Nicolas Variani (IT)
    Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: William Guzman (PR)
    Rockstar Top Antagonist: Addison Zawada (19th place) (US)


    The Red Hook Criterium London is underway – a record 70 riders would go on to finish the race. [Photo: Francesco Rachello & Eloise Mavian]

    Women’s Results
    1.     Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (ES)
    2.     Kacey Lloyd (US)
    3.     Ash Duban (US)
    4.     Sammi Runnels (US)
    5.     Fleur Faure (FR)
    6.     Jo Celso (US)
    7.     Jo Smith (GB)
    8.     Gretchen Stumhofer (US)
    9.     Keira McVitty (GB)
    10.   Stefania Baldi (IT)

    1st Lap (Breakfast prime): Jo Smith (GB)
    Halfway (Dinner prime): Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (ES)
    Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (ES)
    Rockstar Top Antagonist: Fleur Faure (FR)

    *Prime: A prize offered to the first rider across the start/finish line on a designated lap. RHC offers a first lap and mid-race prize.


    Previously:
    The Red Hook Crit Heads to London for the First Time, This Saturday July 11th

    Rockstar Warehouse