At the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No.9 on April 30 in New York, U.S. a stalled race motorcycle caused a huge pile-up at the start of the race that features hundreds of riders on fixed geared bikes racing around short, technical circuits.
The crash, widely shared on social media, was caused when the lead moto appears to stall in the middle of the road coming to an abrupt stop. The leading riders are able to swerve around the moto despite there being limited space on the tight stretch of road. Unfortunately, riders further back in the field whose views are obstructed by those ahead of them are unable to see the danger up ahead. As soon as a rider comes into contact with the stopped motorcycle a huge pile-up ensues.
On bike footage of the crash was captured by a member of ThePack, a Montreal-based track bike organisation and race team.
The race was paused due to a lack of ambulances but the event did finish with Ainara Elbusto (Conor WRC) winning the field sprint in the women’s race while Colin Strickland (Allez-Allez Specialized) won with a solo breakaway in the men’s race.
Race motorcycles have been involved in numerous incidents recently including the tragic death of Belgium Antoine Demoitié after a collision with a race moto at Gent-Wevelgen.
A frightening incident at Paris-Roubaix involving a race moto losing control and crashing into a Team Sky rider was also captured on video and Stig Broekx (Lotto-Soudal) broke his collarbone in an accident with a race moto.
London, Barcelona and Milan are also host cities of Red Hook Crits.