The 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series Heads to London, Barcelona and Milan

Posted 7 hours, 48 minutes ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

For the first time ever, the Red Hook Crit comes to the spectacular waterfront circuit at the iconic Greenwich Peninsula for the inaugural London race on July 11th. The second leg of this year's global Championship Series, the top finishers from last month's thrilling race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will now fight it out with other hopeful competitors across Europe - starting with the July race in London, before stops in Barcelona on September 5th and Milan on October 10th.


Course design draws inspiration from Formula 1 and is fine-tuned for a fast and exciting bike race.

One of the most visually spectacular, spectator friendly and exciting cycling races around, The Red Hook Crit's racing format, course designs, and international venues are inspired by Formula 1 motorsport and produce intense competition and passionate athletes who compete ferociously in both individual races and throughout the overall championship series.


The Brooklyn No. 8 Podium Ceremony. Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist winner Chaz Christiansen doing his best Lady Liberty impression with trophy in hand on the left. Photo Cred: State Bicycle.

The Red Hook Crit first expanded into a year-long international racing series in 2013 with races in Red Hook, the Brooklyn Navy Yards, Barcelona and Milan – each venue selected as prime locations to replicate the aesthetics and culture of the original Red Hook race. The addition of London this year makes the Red Hook Crit the only track bike racing series with stops in New York City and London, and firmly establishes it as a truly international racing series.


The course in Parc del Forum Barcelona overlooks the Balearic Sea and is dotted with large architectural landmarks, similar to Red Hook’s view of the Hudson River and iconic Statue of Liberty. Photo Cred: Jack Chevell

The Championship Series is a continual points series where the top 25 finishers accumulate points over the course of four races. Points count towards both individual and team series standings, and additional points are awarded for winning primes; the first-lap prime is awarded to the first to cross the finish after the first lap, and the mid-race prime is the first to cross the finish at the halfway point of the race. 


Mid-Race Prime winner Thiabaud Lhenry leads First Lap Prime winner Mario Paz Duque at Brooklyn No. 8. Photo Cred: Jason Sellers

The first race of the 2015 Championship Series in Red Hook, Brooklyn on April 25th, saw a fast, talented and immensely competitive field battle through an incredibly exciting start to the series.

For the women’s criterium, Kacey Manderfield Lloyd, who famously won the inaugural Red Hook Crit in 2008, surprised the field by qualifying in pole position with a time of 1:42 (26.97 mph average speed). Ainara Elbusto Arteaga, last year’s RHC Women’s Series winner, raced very aggressively from the gun, taking the first and mid-race primes. At the end of the night, with an average speed of 23.98 mph, the race came down to a field sprint and Lloyd placed third behind Fleur Faure, with Arteaga taking the win and positioning herself as this year’s rider to beat in the women’s field. The top 5 women at Brooklyn are all known names to the RHC, but we think there might be a few more European competitors who manage to surprise the women in London and beyond.


Kacey Manderfiled Lloyd and Ash Duban chasing down Ainara Elbusto Arteaga. Photo Cred: Jason Sellers

For the men’s race, reigning champion Thibaud Lhenry lined up in pole position, though it was his Team Cinelli Chrome teammate Stefan Vis who qualified fastest with a 1:27.821 (31.26 mph average speed). Vis was unable to start due to a crash in qualifying. From the gun, Mario Paz Duque and Thibaud Lhenry battled at the front, earning the first-lap prime and mid-race prime respectively. With three laps to go, the race was transformed when Nicholas Varani crashed in turn 10 while sitting third wheel, taking out the lead group including two of his teammates and many pre-race favorites.  With this reshuffling of the field, it was Ivan Ravaioli who made his appearance at the front and he never let the pressure off. In the finishing sprint, challengers Raul Torres Pagaza and Luis Junquera began to reel in Ravaioli. Ravaioli held them off by a wheel claiming his first Red Hook Crit title in front of thousands of screaming fans, setting an average speed of 27.19 mph over the 30 kilometer course. 


An infrared finish line photo showing Ivan Ravaioli in first, followed by Luis Junquera, Raul Torres and William Guzman.

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 also saw the emergence of many new names in the ferociously competitive field, with many surprisingly young riders finishing in the top 10. Will these young guns still hold their own through the rest of the series? Will they out-pedal many of the seasoned veterans and pre-race favorites who crashed? 


Ivan Ravaioli speeds through the race changing pile-up in the final corner with three laps to go.

As excitement mounts for the next stop in London, it is far too early to discount both seasoned favorites and up-and-comers who are all in-the-hunt for series points and glory. Be sure to follow the Red Hook Crit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Individual Standings: Men's | Women's
Team Standings: Men's | Women's


Previously:
Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 Recap

Crew Noticeboard: The Off-Road All-Stars, Cycle Cycos, Vinewood Locos and Others Now Recruiting

Posted 3 days, 9 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively recruiting new members to join their ranks. We publish Crew recruitment pitches in their own words so that you know exactly what they're all about.

This edition of the Crew Noticeboard showcases pitches from motorcycle clubs, off-road mountain scalers and gas mask-toting madmen – as well as Crews actively drafting players to tackle Online Heists, Daily Objectives and to shoot Vinewood blockbusters together with using the Rockstar Editor. So whether you're new to the world of GTA Online and looking for like-minded individuals or a seasoned player looking for some new partners in crime, you're sure to find a bunch to fit the bill here or by browsing previous editions of the Noticeboard

 

Asked & Answered: The Rockstar Editor, GTA Online Updates, PC Mods and More

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

“The real question is: on what are we going to spend the money from the Heists? (For those who have practically everything)” – vens243
“What’s coming next [for GTA Online]…??” – Nilix
“Will there be more [Heists] added with future updates?” – carl0winer

To vens243 and others who are excited to show off their Heists spoils, beyond the many new vehicles and items that arrived to GTA Online as part of Heists, we are also working on another update coming soon that will feature some very cool new toys for you to enjoy and flaunt with your ill-gotten gains. For now, the screenshot above provides just a glimpse... For those asking for more Heists, please understand that Grand Theft Auto Online Heists were a tremendous undertaking so it’s not the sort of thing where we can easily create and publish additional Heists like other Job modes and missions. We are, however, working on other cool updates for GTA Online that you can expect over the coming months.


“I would like to use [the Rockstar Editor] but I’m on PS4. Hey Rockstar, can you do something please for PS4 players?” – Black_Pawn_01
“When’s [The Lab radio station] coming on next-gen consoles?” – GRUNSKY
“Is [The Lab radio station] ever gonna come out on PS4?” – sn3jku

The Rockstar Editor is an advanced tool requiring additional processing power so it would not be compatible with GTAV on the older systems, but we are currently working on a version tailored for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles – and we hope to release that sometime this summer, or as soon as it is ready. We are also planning to bring The Lab radio station to all four consoles in a forthcoming title update. Please stay tuned for more information.


“Will there be any more updates for [GTA Online] on Xbox 360?” – @ColtsPacersJosh

We want to support the older consoles with new content for as long as we possibly can. As we mentioned previously, we always knew there might be a point where we would reach the technical capacity of what the older generation of consoles can handle as each downloadable update requires additional memory both for assets and for additional scripting.  We have continued to optimize the entire game over time in order to squeeze as much memory as we possibly could out of the last-generation hardware and at some point, continuing to add content for those systems could cause the risk of instability to the game overall. As of now, we are planning on releasing the next big content update for all five systems and we will continue to squeeze as much as we possibly can onto them.


“Why is [Self Radio] not possible on PS3/PS4?” – Destroy_Ger
“How about creating something like that in PS4/3 and Xbox platforms?” – Osprey11
“Can you put this on PS4 or Xbox 1 at least?” – RayzRBlayde1229

The GTAV PC Self Radio experience that plays your personally curated playlist of mp3s in the game as a fully featured and properly integrated radio station just wouldn’t technically be possible on the consoles as it requires more than the consoles allow at this time.


“I’m having soo much fun with GTAV on the PC but I just have one question about it, how come you are not allowing mods for it?” - @ClarkMatthew63
“Will I get banned from GTA Online for using a FoV Mod or Oculus Rift mod?” - @Mattophobia

We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV.  Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.


“We want to play GTAV with joystick. Will you add joystick support for PC? There is a huge difference between gamepad and JS.” – @eniyikotuadam
“Just wondering if there’s a possibility of including joystick support for GTAV in any upcoming patches or updates?” – received via Mouthoff
“Rockstar friends, GTAV PC version would be significantly enhanced if players could use their steering wheels.” – received via Mouthoff

Thank you for the feedback! We understand that many PC players out there would like to see enhanced peripheral support for specialized controllers such as flight sim joysticks and steering wheels. No promises, but it is something we are investigating to see if possible in a future update.


“Can I play GTAV on my Mac?” – received via Mouthoff
“Why this game isn’t [available for] Mac?” – Jaalloav

While GTAV isn’t technically released for Mac, you can actually play the PC version on a Mac by running Windows 7 or 8 through Boot Camp. You can find instructions along with some other requirements over at Rockstar Support.


“Hi Rockstar! Please report these guys on YouTube who destroy your game. Look at all the cheats they promote in their videos… I’d be grateful for answers on what you plan to do with about this?” – Aleek94
“Okay, so I've let this slip under the carpet, but now I'm really starting to get pissed off with the whole situation. I can accept people grinding Capture or Rooftop Rumble, what I can't get over is the amount of people doing money and RP glitches, and the YouTubers who are feeding the community with them... I suggest you take action on the YouTubers who are promoting these glitches… they need dealing with, because they're the ones starting to destroy GTA Online...” – ilewisgta

We are tremendous fans of the vast majority of YouTube content that fans post using footage from our games – everything from original machinima movies to funny gameplay moments to hypnotizing time-lapses and so much more – but we obviously do not support or condone any videos that attempt to instruct people how to cheat their way towards illegitimate RP, counterfeit GTA$, duping vehicles without having earned them and other things along those lines that compromise the fairness of the game’s ranking and economy systems. We have a long-standing policy on posting copyrighted Rockstar Games material over at the Rockstar Support website, and to make things clearer on this front, we’ve just added a bulletpoint about this particular type of content there. Just like our other long-standing rules about not posting pre-release leaked footage, spoilers or entire in-game television content episodes – anyone who posts videos that encourage and promote ways to cheat your way towards gaining illegitimate RP or counterfeit in-game money or duplicating in-game items without having earned them may have their videos flagged for takedown with YouTube. Thank you again to everyone in the community (and especially the hardworking and creative GTA YouTube community!) for helping to bring this matter to our attention. Thanks also to everyone in the community for your ongoing efforts since the launch of GTA Online in reporting glitches, bugs and exploits to us via the Support website – it’s invaluable information that helps inform fixes in Title Updates and via dynamic tuning to help keep GTA Online as fair as possible for everyone.


“Are you guys doing anything to fix godmode/invisibility and unlimited ammo [in GTA Online]?” - @TacticalTaco5

Absolutely. We have always taken this issue very seriously and have people dedicated to addressing these problems when they arise. Unfortunately even a tiny minority of people cheating can have a negative impact on a larger population. In addition, solving this problem requires a different approach on each platform. We have been regularly rolling out fixes for specific exploits and tools to enable us to combat cheating with each patch and we are going to continue to do so. While it’s unrealistic to say we can solve the problem of cheating forever and for everyone, we believe we are making significant progress on this issue and we will continue to work aggressively to stop these griefers in their tracks as best we can.


Asked & Answered is a special feature here at the Rockstar Newswire rounding up a selection of popular frequently asked questions with official responses from Rockstar. Have another question for us? Feel free to send it to our attention at mouthoff@rockstargames.com where we can have a look for consideration in an upcoming edition. As a reminder, if you have suggestions specific to GTA Online, you can send them to GTAOnline@rockstargames.com and if you have a technical customer support question of any sort, please visit​ http://support.rockstargames.com and consult our knowledge base to find help.

GTAV PC Fan Videos: More Prime Cuts from the Rockstar Editor

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

We continue to see lots of impressive work by GTAV PC filmmakers with the Rockstar Editor. In addition to taking advantage of the Editor's robust suite of tools, some machinamists are even layering their own artistic flourish on top of their videos to give birth to some uniquely captivating creations. Here's a new round-up of videos that have caught our eye recently:


A World Of Possibilities created by The XXI

On our radar ever since the impressive 'Los Santos By Night', The XXI shows off just some of what's possible with the Rockstar Editor (along with his own, original and stylish retro 80's inspired custom text treatments).


GTA V - Super Clown by Boris the Blade

Thanks to a haunting score and some impressive cinematography, the maniacal actions of a super-powered, homicidal clown never looked so beautiful.


Trevor's Perfume by GTA Series Videos

Prolific video creators GTA Series Videos once again put the Editor through its paces - this time with a mock advert for a fragrance that's oh-so-Trevor. Featuring an operatic score, a monochrome filter and a sublimely spectacular cliff dive in elegant slow motion, this video evokes all the classic fragrance commercial clichés.


Hard Cash 2015 - GTAV Song by miracleofsound and DanzNewz

A collaboration between musician Gavin Dunne and YouTuber Danz Newz yields this well-executed tale of everybody's favorite mid-life crisis criminal. Even Mikey likes it...


WANTED created by RisingJake

RisingJake pumps up the action in this narrative-driven video of a criminal you don’t want to mess with. Leading off with a parachute drop that heads straight into a speedy police chase, peppered with fantastic mid-air slow-mos, it moves on from there to an epic jump from a Luxor jet and finishes with a smooth landing and one final incident ... all done with serious cool.

 

ALSO CHECK OUT:

TREVOR Vs. APE MUTANT (Superman Vs. Batman Parody) by Tara Arts Game: Set to the audio from the recent Batman vs. Superman trailer, this creation from Tara Arts teases the potential showdown between two beasts - Trevor and the enigmatic Ape Mutant.

Hi, I'm Trevor Philips. Welcome to Jackass by Abstract Mode: Fans of MTV's sophomoric stunt show should appreciate this homage, which features Sandy Shores' most-renowned Jackass taking his antics from the streets of Los Santos to the hills of Blaine County.

GTAV Map by miniwiSatN: Starting from the foyer of Michael's Rockford Hills home, this brief clip features some glorious views of Southern San Andreas - capturing everything from the mountain tops of Blaine County to the depths of the Zancudo River.

Reflections by Incredible91852Previously recognized Snapmatic photographer and video creator Incredible91852’s latest work shows off many of Los Santos and Blaine County's most dazzling reflections - pulsing neon lights, the ripples of the Salton sea, and all the reflective glory of a chrome Truffade Adder.
 

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 PC Video Editor, make sure to check out the Tutorial page on Social Club.

 

Previously:
Rockstar Video Editor: The First Days
GTA Fan Vids: Bird Stunting, Things You Don’t See in Superhero Movies & More
Jaw-Dropping BMX Stunts from ErasableNinja, Santa Monica VS Del Perro POV and More

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 Recap

Posted 1 month ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The 8th annual Red Hook Crit at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal featured some of the finest racing in the history of the series, as experienced athletes and ambitious newcomers all fought for a place on the podium at the kickoff event for the 2015 Championship Series. 

 
Ivan Ravaioli celebrates his dramatic win in the Men’s Criterium at this weekend’s Red Hook Crit Championship Series opener at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Victory in the men’s criterium was earned in breathtaking fashion by one of the favorites, Ivan Ravaioli of Italy. While a relative newcomer to the Crit, Ravaioli came to the start line with an impressive racing pedigree, which includes being a World Tour rider as well as starts in classics such as the Milan - SanRemo and a grand tour start at the Giro d’Italia. He displayed his strength and ability in his debut at Milan last year and bested Luis Junquera of Spain by a mere wheel length after an impressive attack in the final sprint to the finish. The race was transformed with three laps to go when a crash took out the first prime winner Mario Paz Duque, top antagonist winner Chas Christiansen and many other pre-race favorites.

 
This year’s top finishers gather on the podium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Mexico’s newcomer, Raul Torres, finished in a close 3rd. Professional mountain bike racer and 2014 Series ChampionThibaud Lhenry, earned pole position after fastest qualifier and previous Red Hook Crit winner Stefan Vis crashed out with a broken collar bone. Lhenry earned a sixth place finish after an incredibly strong race. The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist from the men’s field was taken by San Francisco native Chas Christiansen representing Mash SF.

 
Ivan Ravaioli beating out Luis Junquera by a wheel length at the finish line.

 
Team Cinelli Chrome’s Alfred Bobe Jr. during the afternoon’s qualifying session. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

For the Women’s Criterium, Kacey Manderfield Lloyd, who most notably won the inaugural Red Hook Crit in 2008, qualified in pole position and placed third behind Fleur Faure and winner Ainara Elbusto Artega. With the win, Artega positioned herself as this year’s rider to beat in the women’s field. She also won the 2014 women’s series after sweeping both primes and taking the win at Barcelona, and securing a prime before taking 2nd in Milan last year. She is also a UCI World Cup contender and multi-time podium finisher at the Spanish National Championships. Her constant attacks on the front, and phenomenal strength earned her the Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist in addition to the win.

 
Artega crosses the finish against the backdrop of the winner’s podium and the Statue of Liberty. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

 
Turn seven of the women’s criterium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Congratulations are in order to all the athletes who competed in the day’s events, including Eliud Ngetich, who won the 5k race with a blazing 14:21. Also, a huge thank you to all the Red Hook Crit staff who work tirelessly to make these events happen, as well as the Red Hook Crit volunteers without whom none of this would be possible.

 
Men’s qualifying group 1 on the starting grid. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

 
Distance runner Eliud ‘Heldy’ Ngetich sets a blistering pace in the 5k race that preceded the finals for the Women’s and Men’s Criterium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]


Previously:
Rockstar Games Presents the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No. 8

The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos Out Now

Posted on April 21 2015, 12:03pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, the outstanding collection of brand new tracks with top-flight collaborators created for and inspired by the world of GTAV, is available now via iTunes, and on CD.
 
Take a look at the video below to hear Alchemist, Oh No and some of the guest artists discuss the creation of the album.
 

 
Here’s what some of the music press have been saying about the singles released from 'Welcome To Los Santos' so far:
 
Freddie Gibbs and Curren$y, “Fetti”

"Yet another gem from the record’s star-studded tracklist” – XXL

“Phenomenal” – Okayplayer
 
MNDR Feat. Killer Mike, “Lock & Load”

“MNDR slowly delivers piercing gunplay over drums with clothes-shaking knock and slow-winding synth bass. Killer Mike comes through and empties the clip with a sixteen that murders everything — literally and figuratively.” – Stereogum (Named one 5 best songs of the week)

“Mixes MNDR’s dreamy vocals with Mike’s expertly composed and spat verses” – SPIN

“At once brazen and ethereal, the track capitalizes on both artists’ strengths. Here, like a tag team bringing the heat, the Atlanta MC spits pulverizing rhymes while MNDR weaves a glowing, dreamlike backdrop.” – Consequence of Sound
 
E-40 – “California” feat. Dam-Funk & Ariel Pink

“The legendary Bay Area rapper E-40 going head-to-head with lackadaisical LA pop weirdo Ariel Pink on “California” — somehow they balance each other perfectly.” – Stereogum

 
If you’re playing GTAV on PC, tune your radio to “The Lab” to hear the album as a full-blown station, complete with call-ins from the album’s guest artists and featuring Alchemist and Oh No as your science-dropping hosts, “Dr No and the Chemical Bro.”


Previously:
Welcome To Los Santos Album Now Available to Pre-Order

Rockstar Games Presents the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No. 8

Posted on April 20 2015, 12:25pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

This Saturday marks the return of the Red Hook Criterium, the world's premier track bike criterium and Rockstar Games is proud to once again to be the presenting sponsor. 

From its roots in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, the race has exploded within the cycling community and sports world. What sets the Red Hook Crit apart from traditional road and track bike racing is the unique format: athletes sprint through a short 1.25km “Formula 1 style” racing circuit riding brakeless, fixed-gear track bikes, traditionally raced in an oval-shaped velodrome. Cyclists must navigate hairpin turns, winding chicanes, and each other over the course of 24 laps in an attempt to be the first across the finish. 

Here is the full schedule of events:

SATURDAY, April 25 (times subject to change)

Qualifying: 12:00pm – 3:50pm
Last Chance Race: 6:00pm – 6:30pm
5K: 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Women’s Criterium: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Men’s Criterium: 9:00pm – 9:45pm 
Podium Ceremony: 10:00pm – 10:30pm

The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist returns for both the men’s race and women’s race, awarded to the athlete who without consideration for their final position, most affects the outcome of the race through a combination of tactics, determination, and sheer strength.  

For those of you in the NY area, admission is free for the full day of events. We hope to see you down there!

For more details, visit redhookcrit.com or check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Enter to Win a Deluxe GTAV Custom Digital Storm Velox PC

Posted on April 17 2015, 5:42pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

To commemorate this week's launch of Grand Theft Auto V on the PC, we worked with our friends at Digital Storm to create a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted Velox Custom Performance GTAV PC with the express purpose of giving it away to one very lucky fan.

The design features a satin metallic black automotive paint finish, a laser engraved tinted window showcasing the Grand Theft Auto V logo prominently, plus software controlled LED lighting. And it's not just a looker, this custom machine is armed with a six core Intel® Core i7 processor, an ultra-fast Intel® SSD 750 Series, dual Nvidia® Titan X graphics cards and custom rigid tube liquid cooling, so you'll have what you need under the hood to run GTAV at a blistering 60 frames-per-second and at 4K resolution.

Enter before May 1st at the Rockstar Games Social Club for the chance to win this awe-inspiring rig: http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void in certain countries and where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older. See Official Rules and Privacy Policy for eligibility details. Ends Friday, May 1st, 2015.

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