2011 Red Hook Crit brief report:
With temps somewhere in the 20s and a good wind blowing, a handful of riders emerged from a giant, shivering, 85-rider field to take their call-ups, including most of the favorites and the past winners: Manderfield, Bezdek, Chabanov, Barouh, et al. As all expected, the start was fast, and anyone not to the front right away had their races turned into a race for the unpaying places. After a few laps around the mile-long course, a lead group of four riders broke clear of the main field: Neil Bezdek, Al Barouh, Dan Chabanov, Nathan Trimble. Behind, the peloton was well shattered and several smaller groups formed. Meanwhile, the leaders attacked one another but no one could get away on what was probably the least technical course in the four years of Red Hook. Into the last turn, a hairpin, Dan Chabaanov, who on paper would not beat Bezdek or Barouh in a drag-race sprint, used some cunning to ride right past his three break companions just before entering the turn, and into the turn he led, forcing Bezdek to take a far right line and effectively making him delay his sprint. Barouh and Chabanov were evenly matched coming out of the turn but Chabanov put in the sprint of his life to hold off a surging Bezdek and the close third-placed Barouh. Nathan Trimble, who is fairly new to riding a track bike, had a huge night and put in an impressive ride, really making good on his call-up with fourth. Gerald Adasavage of Embrocation won the sprint from his group to take the last paying spot in fifth. It was Chabanov’s second win in two years. He took home a new Cinelli track bike, $500 cash, swag, and the cobblestone trophy.
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