Brooklyn's Hipster Bike Race 'It's Not About the Money'

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (TheStreet) -- Call it a grudge match for losing a bike race to a girl.

Or maybe a prototypical Brooklyn happening featuring a horde of cyclists riding fixed-gear track bikes with no brakes at night around a tight course on a long pier facing lower Manhattan in front of 8,000 people, drinking and shouting and trying to figure out who's winning.

Either way, the Red Hook Crit has evolved in seven years into something of a mecca among cycling enthusiasts with survivalist inclinations. And as the Crit, short for criterium, has grown, the borough that it calls home has been remade once again by its younger inhabitants, many of them eager migrants who've gravitated to the self-confident hipster capital of the world in hopes of being among the best of their generation's artists, developers, thinkers and promoters.

On Saturday, bikes and art will merge in a post-industrial landscape amid gourmet food trucks, craft beers and cool gear. The Red Hook Crit has become a millennial's paradise, an event Baby Boomers could only dream about.

"Brooklyn's where the action is, it's where the opportunities are," David Trimble, the race's founder, said one afternoon earlier this month at the Crit's storefront headquarters on Van Dyke Street in Red Hook, a block from New York harbor. "You can give a painter the chance to design a bike race poster, and that painter is there, ready and willing to do it. The pull of the creative community has been huge. You couldn't do this anywhere else."

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