GTA Online Capture Week (May 20 - 26): Double GTA$ & RP Capture Bonuses, Unlockable 'Meltdown' In-Game Tee, Discounts and More

Posted 4 days, 3 hours ago | Author: R*N | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Go all out for the contested hardware in Capture Jobs this weekend and reap double GTA$ to spend on a huge range of discounted items in GTA Online all this week, including cut-rate Gold Luxor Deluxe and Kurumas (both standard and armored) and select car mods, ammo and clothing. Discounts extend through Thursday, May 26th along with Double RP for Captures as well. Read on for all the details on what's lined up for Capture Week.


DOUBLE GTA$ & RP BONUSES

You can earn Double GTA$ and RP all weekend long for playing any Capture Job in GTA Online (including Rockstar-created, Rockstar Verified, and all player-created variations). Beyond that, there are Double RP bonuses for all these Captures starting today and lasting all week long. To make it as easy as possible for you to get to snatching bags and vehicles, you can launch the curated Capture Playlists below directly from GTAV boot screens:

  • Double GTA$ & RP Playlist - 16 players
    Friday May 20th through to Sunday May 22nd
    (GTA: All Abhorred, Contend: Townhall Trinity, Raid: Wargames)
  • Double RP Playlist - 8 players
    Monday May 23rd through to Thursday May 26th

    (Contend: Condo-monium, GTA: Grab a Cab, Hold: Freight Fight)

EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT

Simply log in to GTA Online at any point this week to unlock an exclusive in-game t-shirt for the Solomon Richards' box office hit 'Meltdown'. This t-shirt is only available as part of Capture Week, so don't miss out.

50% OFF LUXOR DELUXE

Fly the not-so-friendly skies in lavish opulence, lighting cigars and clinking glasses of Blêuter'd with cohorts knowing full well that your luxury aircraft came at a not-so-luxury price. The Gold Luxor will be yours to keep for half the cost of its retail value.

50% OFF ALL KURUMAS

Lightning quick, handles like a dream, and with the addition of hood-to-trunk armor plating, the Kuruma comes built to last. Visit Southern San Andreas Super Autos (make sure you've completed the Fleeca Job Heist first) for a cool 50% discount off this coveted car all this week. Both the Stock and Armored Kuruma are available with this discount, making invading or evading the opposing side a bit easier when grabbing the prize.

50% OFF SELECTED ENGINE MODS AND BRAKES

Make sure your week's wheels of choice are primed to the top specs. With 50% off Engine upgrades, Turbo mods and Brakes your getaway driver will thank you for taking full advantage.

50% OFF HEIST CLOTHING

Couture criminals looking to make an impression on the Job should capitalize on the 50% off discount on Clothing from GTA Online: Heists and up to 50% off on Heists Outfits. Grab the Coveralls at half-off, and shop the full range of clothing whether your look is tactical, stealth or formal.

50% OFF EXPLOSIVES

Stock up on incendiaries from Ammu-Nation this week including Grenades, Sticky Bombs, Proximity Mines and Rockets to keep all your rivals at bay in Freemode.

 

Previously:
GTA Online Combat Week (May 13 - 19): Warstock & Merryweather Discounts, Double GTA$ & RP Bonuses PLUS 3 New In and Out Maps

Upcoming GTA Online Live Streams with Joey Bada$$ and More

Posted 6 days, 3 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Tune in to the Rockstar Twitch and YouTube channels this week and next for a pair of official GTA Online live streams featuring special guests.


Friday May 20     5pm ET*
Racing with BowskiJ, Summit1G & CJMusik

We're excited to stream with members of the illustrious ‎1G Twitch stream team this Friday, including GTA streamer BowskiJ who is going to be with us live from Rockstar NYC in the broadcast studio - as well as Summit1G himself and CJMusik, who'll both be joining us remotely. We'll be racing in Lowriders: Custom Classics and warring in other competitive GTA Online gameplay modes as well.

Friday May 27     5pm ET*
Pro Era featuring Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, CJ Fly, Aaron Rose & Dessy Hinds

Big GTA and Rockstar fans Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew (Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, CJ Fly, Aaron Rose, Dessy Hinds) are coming through in between their busy tour schedule performing over the next few weeks at NYC's Governors Ball, LA's Powerhouse and more.


* Please note that with all live streams, dates and times are very much subject to change. Follow twitch.tv/rockstargames and twitter.com/rockstargames to get live notifications of when streams begin.

GTA Online Player-Created Jobs Featuring Lowriders: Custom Classics

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

Social Club members have been quick to experiment with the recent influx of stock at Benny's Original Motorworks and Ammu-Nation, creating new Jobs in GTA Online designed specifically for the Sabre Turbo Custom, Minivan Custom, Compact Rifle and more from Lowriders: Custom Classics. Read a little bit about the Jobs we've selected and bookmark them on Social Club via the links below, so that they're immediately ready to play next time you boot up GTA Online. 


A far cry from your average car pool, you and your Minivan will have to survive a series of ramps and jumps, as well as enemy rockets in "Minivan Madness."

 Minivan Madness by LOL_962 (PS4)

Take the Vapid Minivan Custom to the limit in this chaotic GTA Race from LOL_962. With over 70 created Jobs under the belt - the majority of which are Races - LOL_962 has put together this course on the runway of Sandy Shores Airfield. An array of ramps and obstacles, matched with the rocket fire of your opponents will test your Minivan Custom in a way that the drive to soccer practice never could.

 Dockside Donks by zombieninjapimp (PS4)
"New weapons, new cars but same problems. Deathmatch at the Elysian Islands."

There's a bad element down at the docks, and it's up to you to take it down in this Deathmatch at Elysian Fields. A fun map brought to you by S0CCER M0MS Leader, zombieninjapimp, that includes both Lowriders: Custom Classics weapons, the Slamvan Custom and, of course, the Custom Donk. There's a slew of options you can pick from to decimate the enemy. Lacking confidence in your aim? Hopping in your ride and taking a foe out by way of vehicular homicide is a lively alternative.

 Virgo Cruise by vibeaos (XB1)

The Virgo Classic Custom is the star of the show in this Point to Point Land Race from a co-Lieutenant in the Banished Breed MC. This quick miler takes you through the back streets of neighborhoods like Pillbox Hill, Strawberry and Chamberlain Hills; be prepared for several twists and turns, but there's a nice payoff by way of a straight shot down Power St. to the finish line.


Deathmatch "War" will give you plenty of opportunites to get up close and personal with your opponents by way of the Double Barrel Shotgun.

 War by Old_Vinny (PC)

Set in the sand and stone of Grand Senora Desert's Stone Cement Works, this Deathmatch from the CrazyBoysLS Crew's Leader takes advantage of the structure and layout of the industrial plant, and combines it with excellent prop placement - making for a thrilling and competitive map that features the weapons from Lowriders: Custom Classics. Insider tip: while you're battling on the ground, be mindful of potential sharpshooters from atop the central tower.

 Dirty Lowriders by UniqueAsh (PS4)
"Us Lowriders ride dirty, it's the only way we keep our eyes on the paper. Win, that's all you gotta do."

Already recognized for Creator excellence with a Verified LTS Job last May, UniqueAsh is back in the spotlight with a four mile Point To Point cruiser, giving racers the chance to show off their custom rides (the Dundreary Virgo Classic Custom handled particularly well when we tested this out). Take it through the streets of East Vinewood, the industrial back alleyways of La Mesa and many more hoods, culminating in a finish in the mecca of Lowrider culture: Grove Street.


One false move in "Monaco Slamvan GP" could land you straight in the Alamo Sea.

 Monaco Slamvan GP by -Sins- (PC)

Attention to detail is obviously a strong suit for Content Creators PC member -Sins-, as exemplified in the painstaking recreation of the Circuit de Monaco, home to the iconic Monaco Grand Prix race since its inception in 1929. Though the setting of the dead center of the Alamo Sea is quite different from the city streets of Monte Carlo, and you're racing the new Slamvan Customs instead of F1 racecars, comparing -Sins-' map to that of the original you'll find them nearly identical. In some ways, this Race is more intense than the original, because in addition to avoiding collisions with your competition, going off track will have you headed into the unforgiving depths of the sea. Due to the plentiful turns, many of which seem to come out of nowhere and some in rapid succession, sometime it's the brakes and not accelerator that are your real friend. While you can pick virtually any car Class, make sure to choose Muscle to adhere to the Creator's original vision.

 Sabre Turbo Island Cruise by darkgreenmeme (PS4)

Creator darkgreenmeme of Kush Motorcycle Club made this tour around Elysian Island with the new Sabre Turbo Custom specifically in mind. Though there are some nice straight aways sprinkled in, there are plenty of sharp turns not meant for the green and will showcase the handling of the latest addition to Benny's inventory.

 Faction Donk by leankilou33 (XB1)

Harken back to the days of old school monster truck racing but this time with Lowrider twist in this Job from Dans ton Boulls Leader, leankilou33. Right off the bat, your Custom Donk will be forced to climb up a strenuous series of steps, before entering random man-made mazes in Downtown Vinewood, followed by a trip to the Up-N-Atom drive-thru and a full parking lot in East Vinewood, where the only free space is on the tops of burnt-out cars, ready to take further punishment via your over-sized tires. It's a bumpy ride, but one well worth taking.

Have a Custom Classic Job you created you feel needs to be seen? Feel free to throw it in the comments section so people can check it out and enjoy!
 

Previously:
Fun Sniper Jobs and Challenges from the GTA Online Creator Community
GTA Online Player-Created Jobs: Inspired by The Epsilon Program
GTA Online Player Created Playlists: Z-Games Rallycross, Killing Time at Lake Vinewood and More

GTA Online Combat Week (May 13 - 19): Warstock & Merryweather Discounts, Double GTA$ & RP Bonuses PLUS 3 New In and Out Maps

Posted 1 week, 4 days ago | Author: R*N | Filed Under: Games

Squad up and be ready to hit the streets of Southern San Andreas with everything you've got. For the next seven days it's Combat Week in GTA Online, featuring big discounts on heavy artillery and military vehicles from Warstock. The fine people at Merryweather & Ammu-nation are also contributing to the carnage with sales on select goods & all services. Should you be a little light on cash or RP, there's Double GTA$ & RP available for playing In and Out (including 3 brand new maps just released today to try out) and Double RP on plenty more modes besides. Read on for full details.

25% OFF ALL WARSTOCK VEHICLES

Whether your vehicle collection is missing a HVY Insurgent (Armed), Mammoth Hydra or the humble Zirconium Journey - now's the time to put the jewel in your garage's crown with 25% discounts on all Warstock vehicles. This includes the Turreted Limo, Buckingham Valkyrie and, of course, the Rhino - perfect for protecting yourself and your loved ones during Combat Week. Order these brutish vehicles from the Warstock Cache & Carry website, accessible via your in-game iFruit.

50% OFF ALL MERRYWEATHER SERVICES

Found yourself in a tight spot? Call on Merryweather for a few reinforcements, some emergency Ammo or a quick escape vehicle this week with prices for all of their services slashed by half. This includes Pickups via sea and air, Backup from a Helicopter or Mercenaries and targeted Ammo Drops and Airstrikes.

AMMU-NATION SALE

Make sure you're completely locked, loaded and all-out strapped for the week's combat with generous discounts from Ammu-nation: 

  • All Rifles – 25%
  • All Snipers – 25%
  • All Projectiles – 25%
  • All Ammo – 25%
  • Body Armor – 50%

DOUBLE GTA$ & RP WHEN PLAYING IN AND OUT MODE

For those enjoying the challenge of deftly wresting contraband away from trigger-ready Defenders, or from the daring runs required to retrieve them as Attackers, you can earn Double GTA$ & RP while playing In and Out all this week. This includes the three brand new maps that just launched today, and applies to the mode no matter where you're playing it - whether in your own Playlist, the Rockstar Created Playlist launchable from the GTAV boot screens till Sunday, or simply as a one-off invite from a friend or foe.

DOUBLE RP DEATHMATCHES, LTS, ADVERSARY MODES, CAPTURES:

In addition to the bonuses available in In & Out, there's also Double RP to be gained across ALL Deathmatches, Last Team Standing, Captures and Adversary Modes in GTA Online. Whatever form of combat you prefer getting stuck into, play it safe in the knowledge you'll be raising your rank on the double.

BONUS GTA$ & RP PLAYLISTS

To quickly dive right into gameplay and reap immediate GTA$ and/or RP bonuses, load up the daily Playlists from the GTAV boot screens featuring a variety of Adversary Modes. Today through the weekend, the launch screen Playlist will reward Double GTA$ & RP for playing new In and Out maps; Monday through Thursday it will include a selection of combat-heavy Double RP modes. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for reminders of the Playlist schedule, so that you don't miss out: 

  • Double GTA$ & RP Playlist
    Friday May 13th through to Sunday May 15th
    Brand new In and Out IV, V and VI maps
     
  • Double RP Playlist
    Monday May 16th through to Tuesday May 17th

    Cross The Line I, Come Out To Play V and Till Death Do Us Part II
     
  • Double RP Playlist
    Wednesday May 18th through to Thursday May 19th

    Extraction V, Beast vs Slasher IV and Siege Mentality I

The number of maps on which to play In and Out doubles today in GTA Online, taking the Capture-style team play into brand new territory at the Grand Senora Desert, Los Santos International Airport and at Dignity Village. To see these maps painted red live in action, tune in today at 5pm ET on Twitch or YouTube for the Official Rockstar Games Live Stream with special guest Twitch streamer King Nappy and his friends from the GGG stream team, joining Rockstar to play through all three new maps and much more with the Rockstar Broadcast Studio Team. As mentioned above, all In and Out maps will earn you Double GTA$ and RP this week, no matter how or where you play them.


Previously:
TIME TRIALS WEEK (May 6 - 12): Double GTA$ & RP in Daily Freemode Time Trials + 50% off Some of GTA Online's Fastest Vehicles and More

Crew Noticeboard: GoodfellaProductions, Wildcard Brothers, The Kingstate & More

Posted 1 week, 6 days ago | Author: R* J | 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.
 
In this edition of the Crew Noticeboard, we feature pitches from a group of budding film directors, a Crew looking to show off their latest cars, a band of street racers and more. Hit the jump below for the latest pitches...

GTA Online: New Updates Coming Soon

Posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games


Get ready to create your own insane stunt courses all over Los Santos and Blaine County.

We hope that you’ve been enjoying all of the recent updates to GTA Online, like this spring’s inventory of Lowriders Custom Classics and all of the newest game modes – and get ready for a lot more to come in 2016, including some massive, feature-rich updates to GTA Online in the weeks and months ahead:

  • In the stealing and dealing successor to Executives and Other Criminals, embark on further adventures in finance and felony as your Organization enters the lucrative and dangerous world of contraband trafficking. You’ll be working with your team from a selection of big new properties that serve as both headquarters for your Organization and warehouses for your hot merchandise. Manage inventory directly from your HQ, arranging to buy and sell anything from jewels to narcotics to medical supplies from a range of nefarious suppliers. Expect the unexpected as you head out with your team to make each pickup. Keep your stock in mint condition to maintain value and sell at a profit – and watch for raids on your warehouses between shipments!


Plot special cargo movement from your Organization’s headquarters.

  • Cunning stunts: for crazy vehicular action comes a major update to the wild world of GTA Online racing and stunting that will introduce a new realm of creative and fun games. Expect a slew of new stunt-ready vehicles and gear - and the inspired Creator scene will be getting a vast new set of props, for an evolution of stunting, racing and trials-style creations, and other gameplay possibilities that will surely defy imagination.

...AND MORE

Look for other additional updates to arrive, including more fun new Adversary Modes. There are new locations coming for the recently released In and Out – where a group of Attackers must smash-and-grab their way to steal coveted packages from Defenders who are outnumbered, but far from outgunned. And stay tuned for info on other fun, competitive, team-based modes to come.


A Defender lying in wait for a pair of Attackers in In and Out Mode.

SPECIAL BONUS WEEKS

You may also have noticed some of our recent in-game specials and bonuses, such as the Versus Missions Week and Friends in High Places Week – with opportunities to get coveted vehicles, weapons and other items on sale, and reap bonus RP and GTA$. Be on the lookout for regularly occurring event weeks like this, that will highlight a wide variety of different game content, including both recently released and fan-favorite modes, missions and some classic content that you may have not played in a while. There will be Double RP Playlists, chances for bonus GTA$, big discounts on vehicles, properties and lots more happening regularly; take advantage of these special rewards when you play, to help increase your GTA Online reputation and bank balance in the process, and amass your prized car collection and other spoils of success at a savings.

CONTINUING TO ENHANCE THE GTA ONLINE EXPERIENCE: YOUR FEEDBACK ALWAYS NEEDED

And of course, expect all forthcoming Title Updates to continue improving and enhancing the GTA Online player experience. Thank you especially to the dedicated Creator community (shout out to ManOfFire and StronkTank) for sending us your feedback about a recent change to the Creator tool – a limit to how many props you could place close together was made to fix an issue where that would create a hole in the map. This change, however, prevents players from making some types of complex structures that clever Creators like metoxys have used to make inventive Jobs like “Ampersand”; we’re happy to report that we are working on a fix to allow such prop placement, while still preventing the map hole issue, so Creators please stay tuned for that. As a reminder to all, the best place to direct your feedback, including wish lists for future content and suggestions for fixes and changes, is to send it via email to the GTAOnline@rockstargames.com address, which the game’s development team routinely consults for consideration.

TIME TRIALS WEEK (May 6 - 12): Double GTA$ & RP in Daily Freemode Time Trials + 50% off Some of GTA Online's Fastest Vehicles and More

Posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago | Author: R*N | Filed Under: Games

All this week, we've got a daily rotation of Freemode Time Trials all offering Double GTA$ and RP rewards to daring racers able to beat the par time to complete them. To make sure you're equipped for the challenge, Legendary Motorsport and Los Santos Customs are offering huge discounts on blazing fast vehicles and engine mods. All of this (along with a Double RP Racing Playlist and select phones services totally gratis) are live today through to next week, Thursday May 12th; read on for full info.

DOUBLE GTA$ & RP ON DAILY TIME TRIALS IN FREEMODE   

Double GTA$ and RP is on offer for completion rewards in GTA Online Freemode Time Trials this week. You have 24 hours to complete each Time Trial (and it could take a few attempts), so get started early by steering into the purple coronas - also designated as a purple stopwatch icon on the Map - and rake in the cash and rep. Don't worry if you've already completed these particular Time Trials when they were previously live in-game; you'll still get the full completion reward (and then some!). Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook for schedule reminders throughout the week or check out the run down below: 

  • Friday May 6th: Vinewood Bowl
  • Saturday May 7th: Down Chiliad
  • Sunday May 8th: Mount Gordo
  • Monday May 9th: Great Ocean Highway
  • Tuesday May 10th: Sawmill
  • Wednesday May 11th: Maze Bank Arena
  • Thursday May 12th: End to End

ZENTORNO, T20 AND OSIRIS - 50% OFF

There's no mistaking that Time Trials are some of the toughest solo challenges in GTA Online; every millisecond counts when dashing for that par time, so do yourself a favor and take advantage of 50% off some of the fastest, slickest wheels in Southern San Andreas. The T20, the Zentorno and the Pegassi Osiris are all discounted, giving you every opportunity to beat the clock.

HAKUCHOU AND AKUMA - 50% OFF

If your preferences lie with the two-wheeled racing variety, or if the terrain between you and the finish line doesn't lend itself well to fully slammed Super cars, then here's your opportunity to add the Hakuchou and Akuma to your vehicle collection at a sweet 50% off.

SELECT VEHICLE MODS - 30%

Prep your wheels of choice to get them road-worthy for the Trials ahead with 30% off Engine mods, Brakes and Suspension - each of which will boost the stats of your ride. For good measure, Los Santos Customs are also discounting Stock and Chrome Rims - no performance boost there, but you'll look damn good.

FREE SERVICES

Lester's nifty services - Cops Turn Blind Eye and Remove Wanted Level - and the handy Mechanic Service for property owners are completely free to use this week. Call them in to help make road navigation that little bit easier, while maneuvering your way to the start or finish of each Time Trial. 

DOUBLE RP PLAYLIST

There's also Double RP to be gained in this week's Playlist on Land Races, with Bike-focused Touch Base (racing from the Galileo Observatory to Fort Zancudo), Sports-geared On the GOH (taking on the Great Ocean Highway) and Off-roading in Turn the Tide (from the Great Ocean Highway to Paleto Cove). Simply hit the prompt button in the GTAV launch screens to jump straight into the racing action, or if you're in-game already, you can find the Playlist in the Rockstar Playlists section of the GTA Online pause menus.

In case you've never done Time Trials in Freemode before, here's a little taster of what they're all about from our friends at GTA Series Videos:



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

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No.9 Recap

Posted 3 weeks 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.

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