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Thundercrit 3

Harry Bunnell

 Photo: Brendan Kemp

Photo: Brendan Kemp

On Saturday 2nd June the great and good of the London fixed gear scene headed to Lee Valley for the third edition of Thundercrit, a crit race hosted by the NLTCBMBC. We headed down to support the NVAYRK Paria Team who had five riders in action (Federico, Peter, Euan, Chaz and Simone).

Federico Motta reports back from the race:

The atmosphere for Thundercrit 3 was amazing. We were all hoping for a beautiful sunny day is what and that’s what we got. The crowd was pretty big for the first qualifying group at 1.30pm and it built up to be all spread out around the hairpin corner, the level above the ground and the bridge crossing over the circuit. This is definitely the biggest crowd the Olympic outer circuit has ever seen, and it is for a fixed gear crit. 

I’ve been racing Thundercrit since the first edition 3 years ago and it has seen a massive growth. It has become the UK best fixed gear race where people travel from overseas to come and race outside the iconic Olympic velodrome. Unfortunately Red Hook Crit has been having some issues planning the championship so these original “smaller” races are becoming bigger, with all the best teams attending. The day wouldn’t have happen without the awesome organisation put on by Rob and all the volunteers and marshals, really top work.

 Photo: Brendan Kemp

Photo: Brendan Kemp

We knew this year it wouldn’t have been like the previous edition due to the presence of many top riders and obviously we knew that Specialized Rocket Espresso, Cykeln along with Aventon rider, Oliver Le Roy would make their own race. 

 Photo: Brendan Kemp

Photo: Brendan Kemp

We had a lot of great fun in our qualifying heat where we controlled the field and we managed to finish with four riders in the top four positions. We wanted to work as team and be at the front without taking any risks and we did. This allowed us to take the first four spots and start at the front in the final.

The final was insanely fast. The phase was high from the very beginning without a chance of slowing down. The front group was still very numerous and we were all there trying to do miss out the break. Peter did an enormous performance missing the first lap prime when he was passed at the last corner and finished just out of the top 10 position. 

It was overall a great day and a great performance of the team among some of the fastest fixed gear crit riders out there.

 Photo: Brendan Kemp

Photo: Brendan Kemp