Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No.9 Recap

Posted 2 days, 6 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The Red Hook Criterium 2016 Championship Series kicked off in thrilling fashion on Saturday in Brooklyn, with Texan Colin Strickland capturing his first victory in Brooklyn after taking Milan last year and 2015 Championship Series winner (and perennial favorite) Ainara Elbusto of Spain taking the women's race - her second straight win at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. 


A daytime view of turns 1 – 7 including the double hairpin before qualifying. Photo: JW Zhang

With this year’s race attracting 375 cyclists and 400 runners representing 48 countries, the afternoon’s qualifying sessions were accompanied by fans eager to enjoy the beautiful weather, food trucks and early race action. Cyclists familiarized themselves with the new course design as they attempted their fastest lap, with American Addison Zawada (State Bicycle Co.) earning men’s pole position with the fastest time at 1:25:74; and Ashley Faye (Team Cinelli Chrome) of The Netherlands taking women’s pole position at 1:37:57.


Men’s qualifying group 1. Photo: @tornanti_cc

The late afternoon brought about the men’s Last Chance Race – where qualifiers who set the 86th to 150th fastest qualifying times compete for 10 spots on the starting grid, followed by the women’s and men’s 5k races.


Last Chance Race hopefuls line up to compete for a spot on the starting grid. Photo: @tornanti _cc

The Red Hook Crit 5k continues to draw elite running talent, with blistering times posted by the winners. Congratulations to men’s top finishers Abebe Sihine Mekuria, Jack Davies and Kumsa Adugna Megersa, and Zeineba Hasso Hayato, Jennie Cohen and Allison Goldstein from the women’s field. The Strava team competition was won by the New York Athletic Club on the men’s side and North Brooklyn Runners for the women’s. Each team got their top five runners across the finish line before any other team.


Ethiopia’s Zeineba Hasso Hayato (West Side Runners) finishing at 14:45.925 followed by American Jack Davies (New York Athletic Club) at 14:52.703. Photo: @tornanti _cc


The traditional neutral lap led by repeat RHC winner Kacey Lloyd and race director David Trimble Photo: @toranti_cc

The crowds continued to grow after sunset in anticipation of the women’s criterium, featuring its largest field of athletes to date. With the race underway, perennial favorite and 2015 Championship Series winner Ainara Elbusto (Conor WRC) handily claimed the first lap Breakfast Prime, setting a furious pace for the lead pack of thirty riders. 

Early attacks from Katherine Sherwin (Affinity Cycles) and Vittoria Reati (LaClassica Racing p/b SpeedGang) trimmed the lead group while Elbusto patiently sat in second position, maintaining control at the front of the pack and allowing her to take the midway Dinner Prime.


Rockstar Top Antagonist winner Kiera McVitty rounding turn 10 Photo: @tornanti _cc

British Rider Kiera McVitty continued driving the pace with several attacks, earning her the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award. Past winner and RHC veteran Ash Duban (Affinity Cycles), along with Kim Lucie (State Bicycle Co) and McVitty made moves to string out the field in the final laps of the race. With just over a lap to go, a crash in the final turn took out a handful of riders, with Elbusto, Duban, Reati, McVitty and Irene Usabiaga (Poloandbike) among others escaping to battle through one final lap. Elbusto took the win through a strong final sprint, with Duban finishing in second narrowly edging out Reati, Usabiaga and McVitty. 


Ainara Elbusto continues her RHC dominance Photo: @tornanti _cc

Every Red Hook Criterium is unique and Saturday was no exception. As the men’s race began, the lead moto – an essential race vehicle that rides ahead of the peloton to sweep for lapped riders and provide a visual and audible alert to riders, spectators, course marshals and medical teams of the approach of the lead pack – stalled only moments after the race start. A dramatic pileup occurred, forcing a race restart.


Addison Zawada leading the men’s race start Photo: @tornanti _cc

With the race underway, Mario Paz Duque (IRD Carerra) leapt ahead from tenth on the starting grid to first across the finish line to take his seventh the first lap Breakfast Prime. Soon after, Aldo Ilesic (Allez-Allez Specialized) took the lead – a key strategy that allowed for teammate Colin Strickland break off the front in lap five and establish a four second lead while Ilesic controlled the pursuing pack.


Paz Duque taking the lead on his way to win the Breakfast Prime @tornanti _cc

The chase group of 25 riders led by Daniel Holloway (Intelligentsia GR) were met by Ilesic’s defensive play to keep his teammate in first wheel. By the time Strickland came around on the next lap, the gap had grown to 10 seconds with the chase group stringing out behind him. By the mid-point of the race, Strickland had created a monstrous 20-second lead gap.


Lone wolf Colin Strickland from Texas pushes his massive lead on the field @tornanti _cc

Ilsec continued to thwart attempts from Alec Briggs (LaClassica Racing Team by SpeedGang), Marius Petrache (Team Cinelli Chrome), and Tristan Uhl (Aventon Team Factory). With Strickland handily winning – thanking the crowd in his final lap – 2015 Series Champion Ivan Ravaioli (Team Cinelli Chrome) outsprinted Ilsec in the final moments for second place, followed by Ilsec in third.


Strickland enjoys the fruits of his dominant performance – a new specialized bike and the Rockstar Top Antagonist Award @tornanti _cc

Congratulations are in order for all who participated in the day’s events, and we are looking forward to the next edition of the championship series in London on July 9th. For more details about the Red Hook Crit Championship Series and upcoming events, visit redhookcrit.com.

[Top Story] Play the New In and Out GTA Online Adversary Mode

Posted 2 days, 12 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

In and Out, a brand new GTA Online Adversary Mode, is now available to play on PS4, Xbox One and PC. This mode sees a lean squad of heavily armed Defenders protecting 8 priceless Packages until the timer runs out. Attackers must make expeditions into enemy territory to nab the bags and then return them safely to home territory - if they die on the way then the bag remains where they fall. Since Defenders can't pick up bags, even an unsuccessful carry will help the Attackers get that little bit closer to bringing home the prize.

To celebrate the launch, for the next three days you can earn Double GTA$ & RP while experiencing the three different In and Out maps in the featured Playlist. Along with the Double GTA$ & RP Playlist, there are discounts on the Combat MG, Grenades, SMG ammo & Assault Rifle mods - all part of In and Out Week. To cap it off, this Friday May 6th we'll be hosting the official In and Out Event Live Stream featuring an all-star cast including Daym Drops, Ed Bassmaster, Boogie2988, xxEvilWafflezxx, Swiftor, LtZonda and more…


Previously:
In And Out Week (April 29 - May 5): Double GTA$ & RP Playlists, Discounts - and New Adversary Mode IN AND OUT Coming this Tuesday

Rockstar Games Presents the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No.9

Posted 1 week, 3 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

We are looking forward to kicking off the 2016 season of world-class racing with the Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No.9, this Saturday at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

375 cyclists and 350 runners hailing from 48 countries are descending on Red Hook to participate in the annual 5k running race and feature bike races. We’re excited to see the familiar faces of elite veterans, as well as imposing newcomers, registered in the men’s and women’s start lists.  

There are also exciting new changes to the racing format; this year’s start line introduces the “YVO Grid”, an arrow-shaped starting grid where the fastest qualifier takes lone wolf pole position as the tip of the spear, while the remaining 94 racers are spread no more than 5 riders per row. The circuit itself has been shortened to 1.13km per lap, giving spectators an improved field of view, with a new double hairpin added in turns 2 and 3. 

We’re also proud to bring back the Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist for both the men’s and women’s races, rewarding the athlete who without consideration for their final position most affects the outcome of the race through a combination of tactics, aggressiveness and strength. 

For an in-depth look at the race details, athletes and more, check out the Official Strava Race Guide and for all things Red Hook Crit, visit redhookcrit.com or check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Previously:
The 2016 Red Hook Criterium Championship Cycling Series

Declasse Sabre Turbo Now Available to Customize at Benny's

Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Pick up the Declasse Sabre Turbo now from the Benny's Original Motor Works website in GTA Online, and give this vintage muscle car a Custom Upgrade with a host of exclusive mods, including V8 engine blocks, interiors, liveries and more. Then take it for a spin and partake in Double RP Racing Playlists running through this Thursday as part of the celebratory Sabre Week.

Check out a few shining examples of the Sabre Turbo Custom in all its glory, compliments of the GTA Online community:

 

Previously:
Sabre Week (April 15 - 21): Property Discounts, RP Bonuses & More

GTA Online Inch by Inch Adversary Mode & Vapid Minivan Custom Now Available

Posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Engage in a tense and explosive fight for control of the field in the new Inch By Inch team-based Adversary Mode, now available to play in GTA Online on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The Double GTA$ & RP Featured Playlist, part of this week's slate of GTA Online bonuses and available directly from the GTAV launch screens, includes a pair of Inch by Inch Jobs at the Football Field and the Racetrack.

The Vapid Minivan also joins the customizable vehicular roster at Benny's Original Motor Works today. Bring your new drive-by-ready squad van down to his Strawberry location for a refashioning, and roll out with a custom ride that's sure to turn heads at your next car meet.


Previously:
New ‘Inch By Inch’ Mode & Vapid Minivan Coming April 12th + Double GTA$ & RP Playlists of Adversary Modes All This Week

Declasse Tornado Custom Now Available

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Pick up the Declasse Tornado from Benny's Original Motor Works today, and upgrade it into a stylish Custom Lowrider. Make sure to take advantage of the ongoing 25% off select modifications at Benny's (ends Thursday!) to kit it out appropriately with options like custom Bumpers, Exhausts, Fenders, Hoods, Roofs, Engine Blocks and Air Filters, Hydraulics, Interiors and more.

Here’s just a few Snaps from proud Tornado owners who were first in line early this morning to acquire and start tricking out the latest Custom Classic…

 

A photo posted by Wendy (@incredible91852) on

And look for more GTA Online vehicles to be added to Benny's roster later this month as part of their ongoing spring inventory updates.

Previously:
GTA Online Tornado Week: Lowrider Bonuses, New SUMO Maps - and the Tornado Custom Arriving Tuesday

GTA Online Lowriders: Custom Classics Now Available

Posted on March 15 2016, 9:53am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Expand your Lowrider collection today with new stock from Benny’s Original Motor Works, as part of GTA Online Lowriders: Custom Classics for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Check out two more upgradeable muscle cars: the Vapid Slamvan and the brand new Dundreary Virgo Classic. And if that's not enough, Benny is revisiting one of his favorite rides, the Willard Faction, to offer a new upgrade style that will have you towering over others in your very own Custom Donk.


Tower over the residents of Los Santos in your very own Custom Donk.

Whether rapid fire or stopping power is your preference, you’ll find new weapons to suit your needs down at Ammu-Nation; the Compact Rifle provides a new option for running-and-gunning, and with the Double Barrel Shotgun, twice the barrels means twice the carnage.


The Compact Rifle, one of two new weapons available at Ammu-Nation.

Update your wardrobe with a host of new clothing options that will have you looking fresh at your next car meet. From lowrider street apparel to workwear, there are plenty of new looks to try out. 16 new tattoo designs are also available at parlors across Los Santos, or try one of three fresh new hairstyles for each gender, to keep up with the latest trends.


The Slamvan Custom bounces at the Del Perro Pier.

Smash, bash, and dodge the competition in the new Sumo Adversary Mode that has you working (either alone or in teams) to force the opposition out of the designated arena. Whether it's size, speed, or control, choose a vehicle that suits your style, and be the last team remaining in the arena before the clock runs out to win.


Previously:
New Inventory Coming Tomorrow to Benny’s Original Motor Works

New Inventory Coming Tomorrow to Benny’s Original Motor Works

Posted on March 14 2016, 8:50pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Tomorrow, Benny is adding a full suite of new customization options for three vehicles. Order your stock car from Benny’s Original Motor Works, then kit it out with upgrades down at his Strawberry location to become the Faction Custom Donk, the Slamvan Custom and the Virgo Classic Custom. Here’s a first glimpse of the new vehicles...


The Vapid Slamvan Custom


The Virgo Classic Custom


The Faction Custom Donk

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