GTA Online Bonuses This Week: Double GTA$ & RP in Lamar Lowriders Missions & Entourage Maps, T20 & Volatus Discounts & More (Sept. 23rd - 29th)

Posted 15 hours, 33 minutes ago | Author: R*N | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Dream big and live large with a GTA Online Bonus Week bursting at the seams with Double GTA$ and RP rewards, as well as deep discounts on coveted vehicles such as the T20, Zentorno, Volatus helicopter and a whole lot more. Kicking off today and running through Thursday, September 29th, enjoy the bountiful opportunities that await you. Here's what's lined up for all this week:

DOUBLE GTA$ AND RP IN ALL LAMAR LOWRIDERS MISSIONS AND ENTOURAGE

The slingin’ wild child Lamar Davis needs your assistance in his quest to become the self-proclaimed "King of the Castle." In return for lending a helping hand, you’ll be substantially rewarded with Double GTA$ & RP all week long. From the mission starting line at Benny's to the last chapter, Peace Offerings, fatten the ol' bank balance and smarten up the rep while doing a good deed for a friend.

If you're jonesing for some straight up Adversary Mode action, then gather up your protection detail for some Entourage. From the bustling streets of Downtown and West Vinewood in Entourage I to Burton and Alta in Entourage VI and everything in between - all six Jobs will be yielding Double GTA$ and RP. 

DOUBLE GTA$ AND RP STUNT RACE PLAYLIST

Focused on Supercars, this week's Playlist is yet another great opportunity to line your pockets with Double GTA$ and RP. Soak in some of the grand sights of Blaine County while putting those fast wheels to the test at the following locales:

  • Chiliad
  • Plummet
  • Canyon Crossing 
  • Vespucci

Just hit the Stunt Race Playlist prompt on the GTAV launch screen or join by selecting the Stunt Race Playlist from the Rockstar Playlists in the pause menu.

25% OFF T20, ZENTORNO AND ETR1

Whether you're competing in this week's Stunt Race Playlist, the Premium Stunt Race "East Coast" (more information below) or just looking to upgrade your cruiser, check out the sweet offers on select Supercars at Legendary Motorsport from now through September 29th to get 25% off the T20, Zentorno and ETR1.

25% OFF STANDARD AND ARMORED BALLER

If you're on the hunt for some comfortable yet protective wheels after earning extra cash in Entourage Mode and all the Lamar Missions this week, look no further than the Baller LE LWB – both the Armored and Standard versions are 25% off at Legendary Motorsport.

25% OFF SELECT BUCKINGHAM VEHICLES

Looking to take to the skies this weekend? Elitás Travel just might have what you need to get you on your way with a 25% discount on the following luxury air transportation:

  • Volatus
  • Swift
  • Swift Deluxe
  • Luxor
  • Luxor Deluxe

PREMIUM STUNT RACE: EAST COAST

Starting today, win big while soaking in the ocean views in this week's Premium Stunt Race, "East Coast." Make your way to the yellow Premium Race Blip in Legion Square or join via the Quick Job App.

 

Coming Soon to GTA Online: BIKERS and More

Posted 5 days, 14 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Bikers, the next big addition to GTA Online, brings the eagerly-anticipated ability to form and lead your very own Motorcycle Club for up to 8 players. Bikers will introduce new roles to play from fresh Prospects to club Presidents with a massive slate of new competitive and co-op gameplay, along with a range of new motorcycles, properties that include MC Clubhouses with a special custom Biker mechanic, and venues for seedy business ventures. 


MC work is dangerous, sometimes requiring a helping hand from your full Chapter.

Beyond a range of opportunities to climb the ranks within a gang and build lucrative businesses as a formidable MC, Bikers also includes a selection of appropriately-themed new modes for bikers of all kinds, along with new weapons, styles, tattoos and features to make this a huge addition to the world of GTA Online.


Seize vertically integrated growth opportunities across a range of sectors with Businesses.

And while loyal MCs will fight to expand their foothold alongside black-collar CEOs and Organizations, there’s always another opportunity to make your mark just around the corner. Keep an eye out for high-level, high-risk vehicle based business ventures to spring up across Los Santos and Blaine County soon.

It’s already been an exciting year for GTA Online. Further Adventures in Finance and Felony brought new, challenging work opportunities and high-rise office spaces for CEOs willing to risk everything to keep climbing the criminal ranks. New Adversary Modes like Power Play and Trading Places added an exciting new dimension to team-based games. Cunning Stunts took stunt racing to a new level with a radical new set of Races and vehicles, alongside Creator tools that allow the infinitely creative community to build and share their own Stunt Races well into the future. 

And ongoing weekly GTA Online bonuses highlight the enormous breadth of available undertakings. Be on the lookout for more of these throughout the fall as well, including continued opportunities for bonus GTA$ and RP in select activities, valuable discounts and new weekly Premium Stunt Races.

This Week's GTA Online Bonuses: Half Off Everything at Warstock, Double GTA$ in Drop Zone and Parachuting Jobs, plus More (Sept. 16th - 22nd)

Posted 1 week, 2 days ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Drop into GTA Online this week and take advantage of new bonuses and discounts, including Double GTA$ & RP in all Parachute Jobs and the Drop Zone Adversary Mode. Also this week, Warstock Cache & Carry is annihilating prices with half off its entire inventory of military and utility vehicles. Merryweather is even getting in on the action with half off their full range of services. Plus there's 25% off the Armored Kuruma and a bevy of discounts at all Ammu-Nation locations. Read on for all the particulars, including this week's new Premium Stunt Race.

DOUBLE GTA$ AND RP IN ALL PARACHUTE JUMPS AND DROP ZONE MODE

Whether you're maneuvering through checkpoints in traditional Parachuting Jumps or holding your ground in Drop Zone, free fall your way straight to the bank with Double GTA$ & RP in all variations of these two modes this week. If you want to jump straight into the action, there's a custom Double GTA$ & RP Playlist featuring both modes, which includes:

Parachuting: A Ridge Too Far | Drop Zone I | Parachuting: High Overheads | Drop Zone IV

To partake, just follow the prompt that appears on the GTAV launch screen, or enter by selecting it directly from the Rockstar Playlists in the pause menu. Or make your own Playlist by bookmarking Jobs at Social Club and then creating a Playlist in-game via the Online tab in the pause menu.

HALF OFF EVERYTHING AT WARSTOCK CACHE & CARRY

The proprietors of Warstock Cache & Carry are offering up the whole lot for 50% less all week long. If you're looking to roll in one of their many Off Road vehicles, fly the not so friendly skies in an armed Helicopter or seek and destroy in a Rhino Tank with some bank left to spare, be sure to visit the Warstock site this week.

HALF OFF ALL MERRYWEATHER SERVICES

Stuck in a jam? Get by with a little help from the paramilitary experts at Merryweather Security, who are offering 50% off all services through Thursday. Ammo Drops, Boat and Helicopter Pickups, calls to Mercenaries and more are all on markdown.

25% OFF THE ARMORED KURUMA

Hang tough in the Karin Armored Kuruma, now 25% off at Southern San Andreas Super Autos. Fast and durable, the Kuruma is perfect for quick getaways and surviving vehicular combat that would send lesser cars to the scrapyard.

AMMU-NATION SALE: 25% OFF ASSAULT RIFLES, THROWABLES, BODY ARMOR & AMMO

This week, Ammu-Nation will keep you ready for anything with a nice break on an assortment of gear. Stay protected with Body Armor, or light 'em up with any Assault Rifle and keep your weapons locked-and-loaded with Ammo - all for 25% off. Also included as part of this week's preparedness discount are all Throwables, everything from Sticky Bombs to Grenades, so you can keep your distance and still remain a viable threat.

PREMIUM STUNT RACE: THREADING THE NEEDLE

Challenge yourself in the tight and technical "Threading the Needle", this week's Premium Stunt Race in GTA Online. Locked to Motorcycles, this Race is just over 3 miles of track and will require intense focus so crack open a Sprunk and saddle up. GTA$ payouts await the top three finishers, along with Triple RP for all who enter. Head on over to the yellow Premium Race Blip in Legion Square all this week or enter via the Quick Job App to get your engines revving.

 

Previously:
GTA Online Bonuses this Week: 50% Off All Yachts, Properties and Offices + A Double GTA$ and RP Playlist
GTA Online Sunday Drivers Week: Double GTA$ & RP Racing Playlist, 50% Off Upgrades at Benny's & More

Rockstar Fan Art: Retro Red Dead, Los Santos Google Map, Lamar Speed Art and More

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

This week's Rockstar Fan Art features Red Dead-inspired throwback art, a refreshing roundup of GTA Online caricatures, a detailed Google Map of Los Santos and more. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram, where we always feature great fan creations on the regular. And as always, if you've got some fantastic fan art or Snapmatics to share, be sure to drop your work in the comments below for the Social Club community to appreciate.


RDR Pixel Art
by Ehsan Vaezi

A member of the Iranian Rockstar Fans Facebook group, Ehsan Vaezi, has masterfully created this detailed pixel art interpretation of Red Dead Redemption. From the signature Western frontier sunsets to the individually posed pixilated characters, these clips give John Marston's America a comparatively new school and yet still old school effect.

Roxy by Grobi-Grafik

Twitter’s @ILL_AUDIO_ sings GTA Online Fan Art veteran Grobi_Grafik’s praises in one of his latest commissions to have hit the GTA Online avatar scene. Even fresh from a fight, Roxy’s sassy gaze marks that she is ready for the next tussle.


 


GTA Online Character by Grobi-Grafik

Freshening up the usual formula he follows, Grobi’s latest GTA Online commission features a special guest appearance in the form of Mr. Philips himself. As usual, Trevor seems to be quite a hit with the ladies.

 


Ready or Not by mistywren

"Beta Cats are a wonderful, creative group who I've been following for quite some time now. If you're a fan of cosplay and Achievement Hunter they're right up your alley." For those looking to terrify their enemies, take a page from mistywren’s ode to nothingofeden’s GTA Online character Pyro. The Pyro Chronicles 1 video from Beta Cats serving as inspiration, mistywren artfully captures the avatar's Orange Face Paint, Black lips and flames reflected in Possessed Contacts. 


Black Bloody Hockey Mask by FroudeyBrand

Kudos to SC member FroudeyBrand, who sent in this awesome recreation of his character’s Black Bloody Hockey Mask via Mouthoff. Froudey sanded down and painted an average Halloween mask to make it look as close as possible to his in-game character’s version that he’s been using since late 2013.


Bank Story by Jinchao

This leather-clad biker girl comes compliments of Chinese DeviantARTist Jinchao. Fresh from a heist, this fuchsia-haired fashion maven looks to be making a clean getaway.


 


Karyn by HendryRoesly

A suppressed weapon is a girl’s best friend. Check out HendryRoesly’s alternate GTA Online character, drenched in all-black and looking for trouble.


Kaine and Hudson
 by GalooGameLady

Adding to her caricature repertoire, GalooGameLady hits us with her first GTA Online-inspired commission of Grogpole’s dynamic duo, Kaine and Hudson. These sharp-dressed men are all business in their finely tailored suits and cocked Pistol and Assault Rifle.


 


Mr. Owl by GK-7

Joining the GTA Online commission club, GK-7 adds RayTheMax’s GTA Online avatar to the mix. Toting a Shotgun, blood-splattered clothing and an Owl Mask that's seen better days, this character is due for a bit of R&R.

 


Lamar Davis by GnarlyPaintBrush

As a follow up to his Red Dead Redemption speed art back in June, GnarlyPaintBrush’s latest Rockstar fan art is a homage to the incomparable Lamar Davis.


Red Dead Redemption by W-Orks

French DeviantARTist W-Orks creates a fantastic movie-style poster art collage perfectly depicting the essence of the Wild West.


 

Los Santos Google Map by Guy Peterson

Check out part deux of Guy Peterson’s fictional map art spree as he illustrates the whole of Los Santos in Google Map style. Don't forget to click through to the full size version of this incredibly detailed piece.

Trevor by Maximillian-V

"Wanted to make a realistic version of Trevor from GTA5... never expected the result to be SO creepy." Trevor Philips, dark and calculating, in Maximillian-V’s portrait.


 

Retro Pißwasser by Francis As

Though this retro style Pißwasser poster ad looks like it has endured a bit of wear and tear over the years, it is still quite the impressive piece by Argentinian graphic artist Francis As AKA TOUGHPAPER22.

Have you seen or created an exceptional bit of fan art or great Snapmatic photo that you'd like to share? Be sure to drop a link to it in the comments below for the Social Club community to enjoy, or send our way via Mouthoff and we’ll check it out. And if you aren't already, make sure you're following us on Twitter and Instagram, where we regularly share awesome community creations.
 

Previously:
GTA in a Bottle, 8-Bit Bully, Red Dead: The Board Game and More
Rockford Hills Diorama, Merryweather Security App Inspiration, Mona Sax Nails, Red Dead CYA Cover Design and More
A Real Life BF Bifta Over 6 Months in the Making

GTA Online Bonuses this Week: 50% Off All Yachts, Properties and Offices + A Double GTA$ and RP Playlist (Sept. 9th - 15th)

Posted 2 weeks, 2 days ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

With the dog days of August now firmly in the rear-view and certain distinctly American sporting traditions kicking off in earnest, get into a special Double GTA$ & RP GTA Online Playlist featuring three gridiron-themed Adversary Modes. Also this week in GTA Online, Docktease and Dynasty 8 are going that extra yard to get you into the luxury box lifestyle with some especially hard-hitting discounts. And for those that like to add a little extra action to their competitive racing, there's a new Premium Race featuring the popular "Downtown Loop". Read on for all this week's details.

DOUBLE GTA$ & RP PLAYLIST: FEATURING RUNNING BACK, INCH BY INCH AND CROSS THE LINE

Kicking off today and running through Thursday, September 15th, earn Double GTA$ & RP in the latest Playlist featuring a trio of Adversary Modes that will have you fighting for field position in some of Los Santos’ most vaunted venues:

  • Running Back II
  • Cross the Line IV
  • Inch by Inch III

To jump right into the action, just hit the Adversary Mode prompt on the GTAV launch screen or enter by selecting Adversary Modes 9 from the Rockstar Playlists in the pause menu.

HALF OFF ALL YACHTS - PLUS DISCOUNTS ON CUSTOMIZATIONS

Throughout this week, Docktease is offering 50% off all Galaxy Super Yachts and all model upgrades. Before navigating your new beaut in the deep blue sea, stack her up with all the amenities as Yacht Customizations are also at a 25% discount – this includes chrome fittings, color combinations, lighting and more.

HALF OFF ALL OFFICES & PROPERTIES - PLUS DISCOUNTS ON INTERIOR DESIGN

It's a buyer's market, with tremendous savings this week compliments of Dynasty 8. This includes 50% off all Property purchases as well as 25% off High End Apartment Interiors. Meanwhile Dynasty 8 Executive is also offering steep discounts on commercial property, with 50% off all Offices and 25% discounts on all Office Interiors and Mods.

HALF OFF CARGOBOBS & VALKYRIES

You can never be too prepared – so now is as good a time as any to pick up a Cargobob or Buckingham Valkyrie – as both are half off at Warstock Cache & Carry. In the case of the Valkyrie, the Humane Labs Heist completion requirement has also temporarily been waived.

25% OFF THE BANSHEE 900R UPGRADE

The folks at Benny's Original Motor Works are also getting in on the action this week, offering 25% off the Bravado Banshee 900R Upgrade. Bring your standard model down to their Strawberry location and roll out with a customized, high-speed beast fit for competition.

PREMIUM STUNT RACE: "DOWNTOWN LOOP" IN THE BANSHEE 900R

This week's Premium Stunt Race features the popular "Downtown Loop", and is set to the Banshee 900R. True to its name with a series of loops, corkscrews and jumps set in downtown Los Santos, this Premium Stunt Race features payouts for the top 3 finishers and Triple RP for all participants. To hop right into the high-stakes action, enter via the Quick Job App or visit the yellow Premium Race blip at Legion Square.

 

Previously:
GTA Online Sunday Drivers Week
GTA Online Freemode Week

GTA Online Jobs On Film: Stunt Races Created by the Social Club Community

Posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

With the Stunt Race Creator now having been in the hands of the community for just over a month, we've seen a flurry of YouTubers uploading their adventures playing some of these imaginative user-created Stunt Races. Check out this round-up of a few of our favorite custom Stunt Race gameplay videos, and if you fancy playing any of these yourself, just bookmark the link below each of the videos to have them readily available the next time you head into GTA Online.

The Job:  Crazy Crossover Carnival by Evil_tuinhek (PS4)
The Video:
The Impossible Maze by MM7 Games

Miniminter and the Sidemen play through a day one Job by Evil_tuinhek of the well-known Nonchalant Dominance Crew. This Race for up to 20 players weaves together several Crossover props (Tuinhek has used additional props just for aesthetic purposes, a creative touch that brings the Race to life), and there are also excellent opportunities for stragglers to vindictively take out leaders in this one and level the playing field.

The Job:  BEST RACE OF ALL TIME!? by Unspoken_OUCH (XB1)
The Video: Creator Stunt Races & Entourage with Special Community Guests by Rockstar Broadcast Team

With the audible cries of one particularly frustrated Rockstar Broadcast Team member in the background, Evolve Stunting's ohBrox and Snapmatic virtuoso Charmlessrogue have a much better go at the ginormous ramps and intense wallrides of Unspoken_Ouch's "BEST RACE OF ALL TIME!?" Watch as they, along with Viboxing and Gtamen and others, attempt to tackle this one (you can also watch the full broadcast in its entirety here).

The Job:  Collision Course by Meme4567890PSN (PS4)
The Video:
Top 3 Creator Maps of the Week Ep. 126 by Gtamen

A walkthrough from the effusive Gtamen, who picked this map out as his favorite during the first week of the GTA Online Stunt Creator’s availability. As he puts it himself, "It's brilliant. It's f*&$%ing brilliant. I love it. It's so well done." Couldn't have said it better. This track uses the new Split Checkpoints feature to create maximum opportunity for crashes. We also like the use of the Slow Down prop to create a stomach churning mid-air break in the space-time continuum.

The Job:  Hole in one by TinyMarvelous (PC)
The Video: 
GTA 5 Cunning Stunts: Hole in One by Spelarkivet

While there's no commentary in this one, it's still worth a look for a demo of a super crisp Stunt Race. TinyMarvelous uses props brilliantly to create not only a quarter pipe transfer straight off the opening grid, but also a delicately balanced leap into a hole in one. Kudos as well for using cut out tubes to give racers who overshoot the tunnel opening a chance to re-join the Race.

The Job:  3 Stunt Monte by MTL_RELLIK (XB1)
The Video: Absurd Underwater GTA 5 Stunt Race + Bonus Race! (Grand Theft Auto 5 Cunning Stunts Community Maps) by Swiftor

Swiftor gets off to a rough start in this Stunt Race made by longtime collaborator Rellik. Watch as Swift deftly maneuvers through three major stunts - culminating in a major wallride, half pipe and loop tube combination.

The Job:  HARVs sTuNtPaRk by just1more_Harvey (PC)
The Video:
Harv's Stunt park by Random GTA V Moments

If you're looking to get your Stunt Race tested out, you could do worse than to get in touch with Random GTA V Moments, who have put out a call on Reddit to test out users' Jobs and publish videos. Listen to him and his friends evaluate the Race as they play and offer some constructive feedback on the Jobs tested so far.

Also check out:

The Job:  Maze Bank Loop by iTwisterr (PS4)
The Video: 
Maze Bank Loop by iTwisterr 
Rockstar Games Live Stream Playlist winner iTwisterr talks us through his first 30-player Stunt Race, breaking down in detail how each section was put together.

The Job:  Templar Tube Circuit by moppaking (PC)
The Video: Templar Tube Circuit by Moppaking
Moppaking's wordless tour of this circuit, set to a thumping techno soundtrack, is a mesmerizing exhibition in Race-craft. As moppaking explains, the track is "aimed at endurance Races, since it comes with a proper pit lane and has to be played in GTA mode for the repair kits to appear."

The Job:  なんぞコレ#2 by M-at-suRi (PS4)
The Video: 
No Fail Technical Race by Evolve Stunting
An incredible exhibition by Albert Beck of the renowned Evolve Stunting Crew, as he tackles a fiendishly difficult track put together by M-at-suRi.


Previously:
GTA Online Creator Jobs on Film: Karin Sultan RS Rally Race, Beach War & More
GTA Online Creator Jobs On Film: Insurgents vs Choppers, Mega Ramps & More

GTA Online Sunday Drivers Week: Double GTA$ & RP Racing Playlist, 50% Off Upgrades at Benny's & More (Sept 2 - 8)

Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Roll the Los Santos streets during Sunday Drivers week in GTA Online, an opportunity for all you riding low to earn Double GTA$ & RP in a special Muscle car racing Playlist now through Thursday, September 8th. In order to look fresh and remain competitive, cruise down to Strawberry where there are all kinds of discounts happening at Benny's Original Motor Works, starting with 50% off all upgrades. Additionally, there's a brand new Premium Stunt Race this week, and you can unlock the Bahama Mama's Tee just by logging in to GTA Online - read on for a complete breakdown of details.

DOUBLE GTA$ & RP MIXED RACING PLAYLIST

Beginning today, jump into a custom Playlist featuring a trio of Races locked to the Muscle class, and earn Double GTA$ and RP:

  • Ring of Fire
  • Stock Market Crash
  • Up the Back Alley

​50% OFF UPGRADES & MORE DISCOUNTS AT BENNY'S

Give yourself the edge you need in that Double GTA$ and RP Playlist and stack your Muscle with half off all Benny’s Upgrades this week. Also, look out for generously slashed prices on everything from Hydraulics to Wheels:

  • Benny's Upgrades - 50% Off
  • Hydraulics - 50% Off
  • Liveries - 25% Off
  • Neon Kits - 25% Off
  • Interior mods - 25% Off
  • Plateholders - 25% Off
  • Vanity Plates - 25% Off
  • Engine Bays - 25% Off
  • Air Filters - 25% Off
  • Bumpers - 25% Off
  • Fenders - 25% Off
  • Chassis - 25% Off
  • Roofs - 25% Off
  • Trunks - 25% Off
  • Wheels - 25% Off

​UNLOCKABLE BAHAMA MAMA'S TEE SHIRT

Bounce around town as a human billboard with the Bahama Mamas Tee, unlockable all week long. Just by logging in, you'll get the party started right with this shirt.

​PREMIUM STUNT RACE: "TRENCH II"

This week's featured Premium Stunt Race is Trench II. Set to Muscle, ride the highs and lows of this Grand Senora Desert-based track all week and earn Triple RP just for giving it a whirl. Better yet, the top three podium finishers earn GTA$100,000, GTA$30,000 and GTA$20,000 respectively. Use the Quick Job App on your in-game phone or enter the yellow Premium Race blip at Legion Square and get racing.

 

Previously:
GTA Online Freemode Week: Double GTA$ & RP on Freemode Events and More (Aug 26 - Sept 1)
Double GTA$ & RP Rockstar Stunt Races, 3 New Entourage Mode Maps, Unlockable Jumpsuit, Discounts & More (Aug 19-25)

Colin Strickland Goes 3-for-3 With a Win at Red Hook Crit Barcelona

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

The penultimate race in the Red Hook Crit 2016 Championship Series took place before roaring crowds at the spectacular waterfront venue, Parc del Forum in Barcelona as Colin Strickland continued his winning ways, taking first place for the third straight event and extending his commanding lead in the series. Meanwhile, Italian newcomer Rachele Barbieri summoned deep reserves for a powerful effort in the back straight to take down local, Ana Usabiaga in the women’s final. 


[Left] Qualification sessions during the afternoon place riders on the starting grid in accordance with the fastest lap times. [Right] Elbusto leads the first lap qualifying at pole position. Photos: @tornanti_cc

Women’s series leader Ash Duban entered Barcelona seeking to defend her position against 2015 Champion Ainara Elbusto. With the series standings so tight and coveted points awarded for first place in the first lap prime and halfway prime, the opening lap was fiercely contested. Elbusto lead the lap with others close on her wheel until the peloton exited the final hairpin and Barbieri put in an aggressive sprint to overtake Elbusto for the prime.


Barbieri wins the first lap prime. Photo: @tornanti_CC

After Great Britain’s Keira McVitty took the halfway prime, strong winds from the waterfront started to play a role in the race. Elbusto maintained her position on the front as the field continued to attack in attempts to outpace her, including Italy’s Jasmine Dotti, Barbieri and Reati. For these efforts, Elbusto would take home the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist.

However in the final lap, Barbieri pushed through the back straight and into the final hairpin, maintaining her lead across the finish line, with Ana Usabiaga and Dotti following.

With a 9th place finish and 74 points, Duban now maintains a short lead on the series over McVitty (67 points) and Elbusto (64 points), heading into the final race of 2016 in Milan on October 1st.

Women’s Results
1.    Rachele Barbieri (IRD Carrera Squadra Corse, IT)
2.    Ana Usabiaga (Poloandbike, ES)
3.    Jasmine Dotti (Ridewell Oscar Cycling, IT)
4.    Keira McVitty (Why be normal?, GB)
5.    Jo Smith (Why be normal?, GB)
6.    Ainara Elbusto (Conor WRC, ES)
7.    Samantha Runnels (Aventon Factory Team, USA)
8.    Juliet Elliott (Charge Bikes / Assos, GB)
9.    Ash Duban (Affinity Cycles, USA)
10.    Vittoria Reati (LaClassica Racing Team by Speedgang, IT)

1st Lap (breakfast prime): Rachele Barbieri, IT
Halfway (dinner prime): Keira McVitty, GB
Fastest Qualifying Lap: Ainara Elbusto, ES
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist: Ainara Elbusto, ES

Women’s Series Standings
1.    Ash Duban – 74 Points
2.    Keira McVitty – 67 Points
3.    Ainara Elbusto – 64 Points
4.    Vittoria Reati – 60 Points
5.    Jasmine Dotti – 57 Points
6.    Jo Celso – 48 Points
7.    Ana Usabiaga – 47 Points
8.    Johanna Jahnke – 47 Points
9.    Francisca Campos – 41 Points
10.    Veronika Volok – 39 Points

The first lap of the men’s race opened in similar fashion, with the top 20 all chasing those precious first lap prime points. Augusto Reati outsprinted the pack to take the award and the pace continued in following laps with series leader Colin Strickland and teammate Aldo Ilesic right on the front.


Ilesic on the front with Strickland in the red series leader jersey behind. Photo: @tornanti_cc

The Aventon Factory Team, Allez-Allez Specialized and Poloandbike squads all displayed teamwork to attack and control the front of the race. Meanwhile, past RHC winner turned pro road racer, Evan Murphy, worked against those tactics with a series of attacks to force the race in his favor, ultimately winning him the Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist.


Evan Murphy accelerating ahead of series leader Strickland. Photo: @tornanti_cc

After Daniel Holloway took the halfway prime, the lead position shuffled a number of times with Strickland, Olivier Leroy and Murphy in close pursuit. With three laps to go, notorious field sprinter Justin Williams forced a separation ahead of Strickland. Strickland would ultimately drop Williams with a 2 second gap heading into the final lap. 


Strickland powering through the final laps. Photo: tornanti_cc

With one lap to go, Tristan Uhl made a surprise move to bridge the gap to Strickland, chasing close on his wheel through every turn, managing a neck and neck sprint through to the finish, where Strickland managed to hold on for a slight lead at the line. With the victory, Strickland extended his lead over teammate Ilesic to 27 points (108-81). 2015 men’s series champion Ivan Ravaioli currently occupies third place in the standings (76 points) after his fifth place finish in Barcelona. 


Strickland maintains his 2016 series sweep. Photo: tornanti_cc

Men’s Results
1. Colin Strickland (Allez-Allez Specialized, USA)
2. Tristan Uhl (Aventon Factory Team, USA)
3. Aldo Ino Ilesic (Allez-Allez Specialized, SL) 
4. Alvise Zanasca (Bahumer Racing Team, IT)
5. Ivan Ravaioli (Team Cinelli Chrome, IT)
6. Luis Junquera (Poloandbike, MX)
7. David Van Eerd (Zrtc Theo Middelkamp, FR)
8. Marius Petrache (Team Cinelli Chrome, RO)
9. Andrea Vassallo (LaClassicaRacing Team by Speedgang, IT)
10. Mario Junquera (Poloandbike, ES)

1st Lap (breakfast prime): Augusto Reati, IT
Halfway (dinner prime): Daniel Holloway, USA
Fastest Qualifying Lap: Colin Strickland, USA
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist: Evan Murphy, USA

Men’s Series Standings
1. Colin Strickland – 108 Points
2. Aldo Ino Ilesic – 81 Points
3. Ivan Ravaioli – 76 Points
4. Tristan Uhl – 48 Points
5. Daniele Callegarin – 46 Points
6. Alvise Zanasca – 43 Points
7. Marius Petrache – 39 Points
8. Alec Briggs – 38 Points
9. Olivier Leroy – 34 Points
10. Andrea Vassallo – 33 Points

Congratulations to all the competitors, as we look ahead to the 2016 series finale in Milan on October 1st. For more details, make sure to visit redhookcrit.com or the official Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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