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GCN at Red Hook Crit
 

While we wait on the Red Hook Race report and content from the Red Bull Last Stand where the team was present in the past couple of weeks, the popular Youtube channel GCN (Global Cycling Network) also made an appearance at the Red Hook Crit Milan, where they put one of their riders in the race and documented the full experience.

Our rider Andre makes about a 5 second appearance in the first video. Give them a watch as they have some very insightful observations.

 
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Our new favorite chainrings: Russian Raketa
 
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For a while we were the biggest fan’s of Factory5’s chainrings from Hong Kong because of their clean and unique look. We still think they’re awesome but…

Not long ago we found out about Russian Raketa, a Russian fixed-gear bicycle component company. They make very high quality, very unique and well designed parts. On their website you will only find variants of their three products: chainrings, hubs and cogs (+ lockrings).

Soon you will start seeing these amazing products (chainrings and cogs) on our Elska Team Edition bikes. More to come.

 
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Behind the scenes of a Grand Tour victory
 

Michelton Scott of Australia is one of the few Grand Tour cycling teams. As the name says, Grand Tour teams are the ones allowed to race Grand Tours which are the three main road cycling races of the year. Races that last longer than 14 days: the Giro d’Italia, Le Tour de France & La Vuelta a España.

Michelton Scott is very similar to Kingdom in some ways. They focus a lot on content creation. Having been around for a few years (even though they changed sponsors which meant name changes), they have created very interesting content, Grand Tour related. It is not common to have a lot of behind the scenes footage of these big races. Michelton Scott started doing that exact thing a few GT (Grand Tour)’s back–creating behind the scenes, consistent content. More specifically daily videos while on the Grand Tours. Last year they even had a TV show made out of their 2017 Tour de France race which is available to be streamed on Amazon Prime; a 6-episode cycling/ cooking show that will have you glued to the screen one episode after the other.

It has been really rad to follow this team throughout their adventures but this year they did something they could never have planned: they documented the behind the scenes of winning a Grand Tour, the 2018 La Vuelta a España. Their British rider, Simon Yates (who has won the “Best Young Rider” award at Le Tour the France), along with his teammates executed the perfect plan to pull of an amazing, somewhat unexpected win. And the whole thing is documented.

What can describe it better than the images themselves? Below we leave you with the 21 videos of the 21 stages of the 2018 La Vuelta a España, won by Michelton Scott’s Simon Yates.

Huge congratulations from the whole team at Kingdom to the entire Michelton Scott team. We can’t wait to see what you guys do next.

 
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The best cycling podcast?
 

We have been obsessed with these guys for a while now: The Slow Ride Podcast.

They have been making this podcast for years now, on a weekly basis. A podcast that talks about all things cycling and all things non-cycling… It’s a broad show, ran by three funny American guys that simply want to express the joy that is the sport of cycling.

Give them a listen.

 
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The First Fixed Criterium World Championships - Explained
 

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 11 Winner, Raphaele Lemieux, before the start of the Women's Final.

Fixed-gear criterium racing is a fairly new sport. Red Hook Crit is one of the most popular and prestigious races. It’s first edition in Brooklyn, NY, started over 11 years ago yet only got popular and very competitive on more recent years. So popular than now we have fixed-gear criterium around the world almost weekly, with several professional road cyclists participating.

From May 31st to June 2nd of 2019, we will have in Dijon, France the first ever Fixed Nations Cup. Now, this isn’t a licensed, UCI or big governing body race but still everyone in the fixed-gear world will and is treating it as the legitimate World Championships of the sport. The organization has come up with a fair qualification process where any rider, of any age or nationality can participate. That means that this is not an exclusively professional race yet it is something where everyone, both pros and amateurs can participate, which has everyone very excited.

The event consists of 3 races over 3 days. On the first there will be a team time trial, on the second a criterium and on the first an omnium (road race). That incorporates all kinds of events that fixed-gear, non-track riders are used to and have access to.

 

Nation selections

In this event, nations and not teams will be represented. That means that each participant has to qualify for their country. Now, Fixed Nations Cup realizes that there aren’t a lot of countries with a lot of possible participants so they came up with a system, fair for those countries with a lot of participants as well as the ones with a lesser amount.

The way it works is more simple than it looks: if a country has at least 30 riders attempting to qualify, the 5 with the most points will qualify. This applies for both men and women. If a country does not have a minimum of 30 athletes attempting to qualify, those athletes will attempt to represent their continent. That’s it. It could be more complicated but all it is is that you have to be top 5 in your country unless your country had less than 30 athletes in which case you have to be top 5 in your continent.

 

Points

The way to acquire points is also not very complicated. First of all, Fixed Nations Cup has provided a list of criterium races throughout 2018, eligible for points. In each of those races, only the A Finals will give out points. And, you can’t be lapped.

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So, assuming you finished an A Final, on the same lap as the winner, in one of the qualifying races chosen by Fixed Nations Cup, this is how many points you can get:

  • 1st of each nation - 10pts

  • 2nd of each nation - 7pts

  • 3rd of each nation - 5pts

  • 4th of each nation - 3pts

  • 5th of each nation - 1pt

  • Plus, if the criterium is in your home country, your points are multiplied by 2.

  • Plus, if the race is organized by Red Hook Crit and you win you get an extra 50pts, if you get 2nd you get an extra 35pts and if you get 3rd you get an extra 20 pts.

It’s more simple than it sounds. It can also sound easy but picture this: if you’re an Italian racing Red Hook Crit in Milan and you’re the 6th Italian to cross the finish line, you get 0pts, yet if you’re Italian and win, you get 120pts. It is expected for qualifications to be as close as 10pts, so we would advise for you to always try to get that extra spot in the ranking (specially if you race for Team Kingdom)

Team Kingdom heading out to warm up at Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 11

Team Kingdom heading out to warm up at Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 11

The rankings are updated after each qualifying race on the Fixed Nations Cup website so you can know how you’re doing as the season unfolds.

We wish everyone the best of luck and can't wait to be in France next year watching the first ever unofficial Fixed Crit World Championships unfold!

 
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Content making motivation

This is the kind of video that motivates us to create more content–and good content at that too. Also the fact that the rider in this video is Portuguese brings out the Nationalism in the house...

 
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