Head Coach Sterling takes on the Red Hook Crit in London!

Head Coach Sterling takes on the Red Hook Crit in London!

Rwanda national team head coach Sterling Magnell invited to race for our friends Giant Camden
Africa Rising News Jeremy Ford

written by Jeremy Ford on June 01 2016

The legendary Red Hook Crit hits London on Saturday 9 July and our head coach will achieve a lifelong dream by taking part!

The Red Hook Criterium is one of the world’s most exciting sporting events! The Red Hook crits first started in 2008 in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, as a celebration of the organiser’s (David Trimble) 26th birthday. As a lover of road racing and the underground spectacle of alleycat racing, he wanted something that would combine the two. Since then the Red Hook Crit has grown to be become something of an institution amongst cyclists in New York City and has spawned additional races in Barcelona, Milan and now London.

Team Rwanda's Head Coach Sterling Magnell has been a huge fan of the Red Hook crits since they launched but has never taken part...until now! Our amazing friends at the Giant Camden bicycle store (one of the major donation centres in London for the Africa Kit Appeal) have kindly supplied an awesome Omnium Track Bike for Sterling to race. Store Owner Nick Freilich explains, "Every now and again we get the opportunity to get involved in something really fun and exciting that adds colour and excitement to our very existence. Supporting Team Rwanda's head coach Sterling at the awesome Red Hook Criterium is a natural extension of our relationship with Team Rwanda and a natural progression after our involvement with Matt Brammeier's Africa Kit Appeal. We are over the moon to be involved."

In Sterling's own words, "Riding Red Hook represents a long-time dream of mine to participate in this brakeless racing evolution for which I've always had a great love for, in the form of alleycat racing. My professional road racing career was punctuated by stints as a bike messenger, I never missed the chance to race under the lights with my friends from the city! I always swapped my car for the track bike when I had a choice. Honored that our friends at Giant Camden have agreed to put wheels under me. I have an Omnium sitting at home in California that I've raced on the street and on the velodrome, so I know it's up to the task!" 

"The Greenwich Peninsula setting is perfect but my preparation is a little less than ideal. Recovering from a shattered Calcaneus 3 months ago, the 7 screws and plates in my ankle have hindered my ability to ride quite a bit... Fortunately the reflexes are still there because any success I have a shot at will be down to experience, definitely not brute force! However the dice lands, I'm happy to finally be getting to Red Hook representing Giant Camden and the mighty Team Rwanda. Can't wait!"

Red Hook founder and race organiser David Trimble is equally excited, "We don’t know what’s more exciting: Sterling Magnell’s palmares or the fact that he’s the head coach of the Rwandan National Team! We do know that he’ll be looking to put on a show based on his experience and the fact that he’s an ambassador for global cycling.”

Attending the Red Hook is free to all spectators. Find all the information you need HERE and don't forget to pick up your free RockStar cow-bell!

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